Wellness

West Hollywood’s Top Fitness and Wellness Studios

Enjoy yoga, pilates, boxing, meditation, and more.


Though West Hollywood is often associated with rock music, dance clubs, and late nights, it’s also a prime city for fitness and wellness. You’ll find exercise studios, spas, and other opportunities for healthy living, many of which accept drop-ins and don’t require a local membership plan. Here’s how to nourish your mind, body, and soul while you’re in town.

Workouts

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, trainer to 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, stocked with Malin + Goetz products, after the class.

Workout Time: 55 minutes

Retrofit

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

CruBox

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;  “CruHIIT,” which pushes you through high-intensity intervals for 45 minutes; and “CRUSculpt,” which focuses on weights and abs. Whichever you choose, it’s a fun and interactive path to tightening your core with music blasting—and the recent Usher sighting was not bad either.

Workout Times: 35 to 50 minutes

BoxUnion

BoxUnion offers high-energy, boxing classes that are all about punching and moving to the beat. Participants gather in a dimly lit studio then mix up rhythmic bag work with body-weight strength training and yoga. The key here is that you never stop moving, guaranteeing you get in your cardio for the day. BoxUnion’s West Hollywood location is in the same plaza as Blue Bottle so you can reward yourself for a job well done with an iced coffee. 

Workout Time: 45 minutes 

CYCLEBAR

What we love about this cycle studio is the attention to detail. In addition to sleek high-tech bikes and great gear in the gift shop, they also 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

Rise Nation 

Rise Nation offers a quick, but efficient way to work out via high-intensity, half-hour classes. Participants will learn to use a VersaClimber machine, which simulates vertical climbing. Beginner classes may see participants climbing between 700 and 2500 feet per session, while advanced climbers may hike the equivalent of up to 6,000 feet! 

Workout time: 30 minutes

Playlist Yoga

Playlist Yoga revolves around music. Each class comes with a playlist of modern, upbeat music curated by Playlist’s instructors and resident DJ. Their signature Playlist class is vinyasa flow, while their Remix class adds free weights and cardio for toning. The music theme continues to even the studio’s lockers; instead of a number, each is noted with the name of a different musical artist. 

Workout time: 60 minutes 

Training Mate

Training Mate is a circuit-based HIIT class founded by a former pro rugby player from Australia. Individual exercises, rooted in cardio and resistance, may incorporate all manner of equipment including bikes, bands, kettle balls, and more. The key is that each exercise only lasts for 45 seconds, during which you’re encouraged to push yourself as hard as you can. This means you can get in a great workout while still working at the pace that’s right for you. Training Mate offers both full-body and specific region courses—their legs and glutes class is titled “Thunder Down Under.”

Workout time: 60 minutes

YogaWorks

At YogaWorks’ West Hollywood location, participants enjoy two yoga studios and a complimentary tea bar in the lobby. A wide range of classes includes vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, hatha, iyengar, and more. Classes may be reserved online. 

Workout time: Varies 

Wellness

Shape House

This is the perfect workout 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 by the time your session at this ‘urban sweat lodge’ is over, you’ll have purged out all the toxins from your body and shed extra water weight, so it’s a win-win.

Sweat Session Time: Between 45-55 minutes

Unplug Meditation

The goal at this groundbreaking meditation studio is to improve overall health, posture, productivity, and mood with 30-minute mindfulness 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 class.  Unplug clears 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

Inspire Spiritual Community

INSPIRE is a spiritual community for LGBTQ people and their loved ones and allies. You’ll find plenty of tools to support a vibrant and happy life. Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday celebration services (see their events calendar for details). It’s a seriously transformative experience you won’t want to miss.

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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