Best Fitness and Dance Classes in LA
Pop 5: Fabulous Fitness Classes in LA
There are a head-spinning amount of fitness classes in LA — last week I wanted to know some of your favorites. Here's my mentality on the matter: since working out is a lifestyle in this town, why not make it the most fabulous lifestyle possible? Get rid of your yawn-inducing walk and get in on five fabulous ways to make your fitness lifestyle fun.
- Pop Physique's (multiple locations) boutique look and small class sizes make you feel special from the moment you pop in. No matter the studio location, the method combines ballet with Pilates, resulting in long and lean as opposed to bulky muscles. Eco mats, ballet barres, and light weights are the secret weapons behind the Pop Physique bod.
- Edge (1020 Cole Ave., 4th Fl, 323-962-7733) There isn't a professional dancer who hasn't busted a move at this performing arts center. Elle's Joe Zee even drops in for a class when he's in town. Hip hop, jazz funk, modern fusion, belly dancing, and salsa are only the beginning of your sweat session here.
- Tracy Anderson Method (12345 Ventura Blvd., Ste L, Studio City, 818-762-3133) is responsible for a gaggle of hot Hollywood bods. Nicole Richie, Molly Sims, Gisele Bundchen, Kim Kardashian, and Kirsten Dunst are just some of the stars that pass through the Studio City gym on a weekly basis. What they get is a mix of modern dance and ballet, set to the beats of the latest, coolest pop tunes. Fun and sweaty times.
- Heartbeat House (3141 Glendale Blvd., 323-669-2821) in Atwater Village is a noncompetitive dance, workout, and fitness studio that offers a mix of ethnic, mainstream, traditional, and nontraditional dance classes for all ages. Rock 'n' soul Pilates, Zumba, Latin jam, African dance, samba passion, and flamenco are all exciting ways to get a good workout.
- The Sweat Spot (3327 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-953-8089) The name says it all. No matter which dance class you take — boom boom burlesque, contemporary jazz, tap dat azz, rock 'n' roll ballet basics — you'll leave the studio dripping. For extra sweat, pop in for Sweaty Sundays or Wed Wednesdays with founder Ryan Heffington.