Shake up your workout routine at these spaces offering unique approaches
Words by KELLY ATTERTON and MARIE LOOK
California has long been ground zero for all things fitness, and this spring there’s no shortage of buzzworthy studio openings, ranging from motivational boot camps to saucy, dance-centered classes, from treadmill training and cycling to strength and stability coaching. Check out these challenging and inventive ways to keep your body energized, toned and trim.
Since leaving SoulCycle, Angela Davis (Beyoncé and David Beckham’s favorite instructor) has joined forces with Soulcycle alum Akin Akman and creative strategist Trey Laird to form Aarmy. Fitness lovers claim to experience life-changing, motivational coaching in group settings. Although it’s technically still a pop-up — they’re hunting for a permanent location — this 8,000-square-foot space features two training rooms, one for boot camp and the other a 55-bike cycling room. $38/class. 8599 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
This premium, indoor running studio caters to clients of all ages and fitness levels. Whether walking or running on the state-of-the-art Woodway Treadmills, the Stride Certified Run Coaches push you toward achieving your body goals. The classes integrate strength training, core and cardio to the sounds of nightclub-worthy beats. $28/class. 785 W. Ash St., San Diego, 858-345-4597.
Created by Victoria’s Secret model trainer Stephen Pasterino, P.volve is a low-impact, high-intensity method that strengthens, tones and energizes the entire body, applying a philosophy that pain does not equal gain. Expect low reps and precise and purposeful sculpting movements that shape without stressing or bulking your muscles. $32/class. 608 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood, 615-981-4518.
Signature 27-minute classes at Platefit incorporate a medical-grade device that uses harmonic vibration to destabilize the body, testing your balance during every move and becoming exponentially harder as you use the majority of your muscles at once. Meanwhile, the vibrations from the Power Plate device wake up your cells, increase circulation, drain and detoxify the lymphatic system, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery time. $27/class. 1919 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310-439-1234.
AKT West Hollywood
Shakira, Alicia Keys and Kelly Ripa get their body-shaping moves from New York fitness queen Anna Kaiser, who is launching a slew of California studios in 2020. WeHo will be among the first to open, serving up her AKT technique — a combination of dance, circuits and HIIT classes in which you’ll simultaneously stretch and strengthen while challenging yourself on every plane of motion. $35/class. 7111 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-336-6774.
Hot Pilates Brentwood
This month, Hot Pilates — whose devotees include Hailey Bieber, Adriana Lima and Sofia Richie — opens a second location in Brentwood, a sister studio to its original Los Angeles space in West Hollywood. The 50-minute sculpting sessions (with names like Booty Band Burn; Pilates Sculpt; and Arms, Abs, A$$) are set to high-energy music and take place in a room heated to 95 degrees, incorporating intense cardio, toning and stretching for a full-body mat practice that Hot Pilates says can create lean muscle, encourage ideal posture and increase flexibility. $33/class. 11906 San Vicente Blvd., B, L.A., 310-990-8768.
IN YOUR GYM BAG
MAIYA Hamsa (Evil Eye) yoga mat, $148.
Maiya Yoga Mat
If your mat is gorgeous, you’ll use it more often, right? Maiya’s beautiful range features prints by celebrated graphic designer Shweta Malhotra, resulting in colorful lotus, peacock and hamsa motifs.
WELLY x CODIE O’CONNOR Traveler 18-ounce water bottle, $35.
Welly Water Bottle
Welly’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection (available March 23) was inspired by The Golden State’s desert landscapes, mood-lifting beaches, and abstract geometric patterns. Showcasing designs in collaboration with artists Codie O’Connor and Jan Skacelik, these bottles will draw your eye and remind you to drink up.
1774 BIRKENSTOCK Arizona leather slides in yellow, $430.
1774 Birkenstock Sandals
Some would argue the best part of a workout is slipping into a more comfortable uniform post sweat session. Enter 1774, a new collection of slides and sandals Birkenstock developed around three of its most classic styles — the Arizona, Milano and Siena — which it’s offering in eye-catching electric shades of blue, green and yellow as well as neutral hues.
Feature image: A beach workout with P.VOLVE ankle bands.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of C Magazine.
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