Get In Your Best Shape Before the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and come New Year, most of us will be signing up for a gym membership and swearing off carbs. But why wait until after January 1st to start tackling your post-holiday bloat? This year, get a jump start and hit some of these new and innovative fitness options around West Hollywood before you ring in 2019.

Here is what you need to know to ensure that you stick to your new routine – and no matter what your fitness level is, it will take less than one hour per visit.

Hot Pilates

Add a little sizzle to your ho-hum work-out routine by turning up the heat at this Sunset Plaza area Pilates studio founded by guru Mari Windsor who has trained athletes, models and celebrities. All the classes from abs to arms are heated to 95 degrees. The workouts incorporate Manduka brand mat work, bands and weights. Be sure to grab a lavender scented towel on your way to the shower, with Malin + Goetz products, after the class.

Workout Time: 55 minutes


For a serious old school burn, head to this loft studio where time honored fitness methods (think weights and treadmills) are mixed with new technologies. Intense interval training and one-on-one sessions are calculated based on your individual body type, metabolic parameters and goals that are determined with data gathered by the staff. They also offer Kundalini yoga and mat Pilates classes if that is more your speed.

Workout Time: 45 minutes


Tucked into an alley off Melrose, CruBox brings authentic boxing classes to a fun group fitness environment. The three distinctive workouts include a signature shredding class that combines shadow boxing and heavy bag work to “Cru HIIT” that pushes you through high intensity intervals for 45 minutes, or the “sculp” that will focus on weights and abs. Either way, it’s a fun and interactive path to tighten your core with music blasting– and the recent Usher sighting was not bad either.

Workout Times: 35 to 50 minutes


What we love about this cycle studio is not just the sleek high-tech bikes and the great gear in the gift shop, it’s the attention to detail. They provide a killer playlist with three core levels of training from classic to connect and performance, plus riders get their stats (miles ridden, avg rpm, calories burned) emailed to them after every class. They even offer free shoes and they validate parking. So, book your class asap on the CycleBar app.

Workout Time: 45 minutes

Shape House

This is the perfect work out for when you also need to catch up on your favorite TV show. You’ll almost feel guilty for just stretching out on the FAR infrared bed cocooned in a space age sleeping bag, but expect to purge out all the toxins from your body at this ‘urban sweat lodge’ and shed extra water weight by the time your session is over, so it’s a win-win.

Sweat Session Time: Between 45-55 minutes

Unplug Meditation

The goal at this ground- breaking meditation studio is to improve overall health, posture, productivity and mood with 30-minute mindful sessions you can even do on your lunch hour. After a hard day at the office or battling the 405 freeway, you might not want a typical cardio or strength training but to clear your mind for inner peace and positive emotions with breathing techniques and sound healing that can decrease blood pressure and chronic pain among other benefits.

Classes: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Carole Dixon
About Carole Dixon
Carole Dixon’s international career in film, television and publishing has led her around the world and her lifestyle escapades have been documented in dozens of outlets from Wallpaper Magazine, Robb Report, Architectural Digest, BravoTV.com, AFAR and Angeleno. For the past four years, Dixon has operated as the Editor of West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine.

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