Keeping your hard-earned beach body in shape has benefits for your body and mind year-round. So don’t give up on those workouts now that summer is coming to an end. We talked to five LA fitness experts who share the rewards of their respective exercise styles to help you shake up your routine this fall.
Nichelle Hines, Cycle House West Hollywood Chief Ride Officer
On the Benefits of Cycling: “What I love most about indoor cycling is the way it can make you feel. I'm most excited when my clients leave class feeling empowered and capable of handling any challenge life sends their way. That's why we do interval-style training at Cycle House—because it mimics life. It has ups and downs and stops and starts and it challenges you, but you push through and handle those challenges, which keeps you engaged and ready for anything. And, who doesn't want the side effects of a toned tush and abs, too?” 8511 Melrose Ave., 310-358-0888
On the Benefits of Boxing: “Boxing is a year-round sport and activity that can be done virtually anywhere alone or with a friend. It helps both mentally and physically. It is a phenomenal way to cross train, keep yourself motivated, mix up your training sessions, and help release stress and tension from work and everyday life. Like nothing else, it builds confidence, makes you feel better, move better, and look better.” 12100 W. Olympic Blvd., 310-836-8000
On the Benefits of Dancing: “Dance fitness provides a positive attitude and sense of well-being. Additionally, dance fitness boosts confidence, unlocks creativity, releases endorphins, conquers fears of failure, unleashes attractiveness, enhances memory, preserves mobility, and develops rhythm and personal style. Our amazing instructors give you moves that work the same body parts as when you're hitting the gym. You gain the extra skill of developing cool moves without the drudgery of traditional workouts.” 10936 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-473-3530
On the Benefits of the Yoga/Spin Hybrid: “This workout gives you everything you need: cardio, strength, flexibility, and stress relief. The YAS class is ‘Zen on Wheels.’ You feel so great afterwards. Not too hard, where you’re wiped out or risking getting injured. Not too easy, where you think, ‘I’m not getting a workout.’ It’s just right. Yoga at first was just thought of as a mind/spiritual activity because you could spend half the class chanting. Now, people want both a mind and body workout and they want it fast. That’s why even after 14 years the YAS class, which is 30 minutes of spin followed by 30 minutes of yoga, is becoming more popular than ever.” Multiple locations
On the Benefits of CrossFit: “CrossFit is a way of life. It’s a commitment to strengthen yourself as an athlete and a promise to elevate yourself as an individual. It champions mental and physical empowerment, eliminates self-imposed limitations, and instills pride. It renews the relationship you have with yourself and with those around you. CrossFit is about optimizing every aspect of your life from here on out. It’s a celebratory culture that inspires greatness and a year-round six-pack.” 7773 Beverly Blvd., 323-810-2018