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Best Workouts in NYC and LA

West Hollywood, LA

I’ve tried just about every type of workout and workout class under the sun and wanted to share a roundup of my favorites here with you!  Whether you’re visiting or live in NYC or LA, these are the workouts that cannot be missed.  Read through to see what this week’s giveaway is…it’s a big one!

The best workouts in NYC and LA…

Love Yoga Venice (LA)

This boutique yoga studio is so unassuming and laid back.  There’s no intense check in area (the yoga instructor teaching the class just casually checks you in), and the space is small and intimate.  The style of flow focuses on breath work and deep stretching so I always leave feeling restored, balanced, and 3 inches taller.  My favorite teachers are Miki and Hannah.

Box Union (LA)

It is essentially the Soul Cycle of boxing.  The room is dark and sexy, the music is amazing, and the class is so high energy/peppy it goes by in the blink of an eye.  If I am ever in a rut – I know I can go here, sweat it out, shake up any bad vibes I was feeling and walk out of the class totally high on endorphins.  Make sure to book a class with Deja – she books up fast but is definitely the best teacher there!!!

Hot 8 Yoga (LA)

This is one of my favorite heated Bikram yoga classes.  The sculpt class is insane and will literally sculpt your bod within a few sessions… Charlotte McKinney always goes to the class I go to at the Santa Monica location – talk about bod goals!  Take a class with Leigh he’s fabulous.

Hike Runyon Canyon or Solstice Canyon (LA)

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities in LA – and it’s free!  Head to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood and then to a yummy brunch right after, or drive along PCH to Malibu and spend the day at Solstice Canyon followed by a smoothie at Sun Life at the Malibu Country Mart.

Love For Pilates or Studio MDR (LA)

Love For Pilates isn’t related to Love Yoga but they both have a low key vibe.  Also, Love For Pilates is a very small studio (I go to the one in Santa Monica) that focuses on slow movements that really get your muscles fired up and toned.  Honestly, I appreciate that the classes are always less than 10 people and that the teacher takes the time to correct your posture and form.  

I included Studio MDR on here because so many of my girlfriends love it. Furthermore, I have done it several times and while I did like it – I found that it was a little too intense for my liking and the teachers didn’t pay close enough attention to my form so I often came home with a sore neck or back from doing the movements incorrectly.  That being said, the music is great, you really feel the burn and it’s a fun/trendy studio workout class.

Gotham gym (NYC)

I used to do private boxing with Kareem 3 times a week in their Meatpacking/West Village location and my abs were rock solid at one point LOL!  Kareem is amazing and everyone there was so friendly.  Don’t be surprised when you see Gigi and Bella Hadid…or Ashley Olsen working out there – it’s a celebrity hangout!

Flybarre (NYC)

I went to the Flatiron location once or twice a week when I lived in the city.  The studio is spacious and the classes produce results – I always noticed a difference after just a few sessions!

Y7 Yoga (NYC)

This is a heated, hip hop yoga class.  They actually just opened a location in LA and I have yet to go!  The music is always incredible and you lose yourself in the hour you’re in the room.  I love that it combines intensity and relaxation throughout the class and that you can always go at your own pace.

Running, tennis, Tone It Up or BBG on the West Side Highway (NYC)

I lived right near the West Side Highway/Hudson Park in the West Village and used to love running along it and then I would do the Kayla Itisines BBG Sweat app in one of the side grassy areas.

Jamie Ehrlich Pilates and FLEX Studios Pilates (NYC)

Jamie was my private pilates teacher in the West Village and has the cutest studio with two reformers.  It doesn’t get more intimate/boutique than this little haven!  I love her style and philosophy and she really makes the most of your 50 minute session.  If you’re in Soho – head to FLEX Studio’s Noho location and take one of their pilates classes.  You won’t be able to walk after but it will be worth it!!!!

I also wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions I get around the topic of working out in general.  

Q: Do you workout?

A: Yes I do workout even though I sometimes loathe it/don’t feel like it haha!  I workout for my mental health, to stay physically healthy/toned, and for my digestion (did you know working out improves the bacteria in your gut?)  

Q: What types of workouts do you do?  

A: I have tried sooooo many and go in waves of certain workouts I’m really into depending on my mood.  At the moment, I am doing less intense workouts and opting for a personal trainer 2 times a week to do circuit training with me (stuff like kettle bell swings, planks, TRX, and lunges), yoga once a week, and I hike on the weekends – plus I walk Charlie multiple times a day.  Having a personal trainer is worth the $ – they know what they’re doing, monitor your form, and hold you accountable.

Q: Why have you decided to work out less?

A: Working out is obviously amazing for you – however certain workouts can raise your cortisol/stress levels.  I had a blood test done a while ago, and my cortisol levels were quite high so I aim for workouts that don’t get too intense so I can keep my cortisol. And in turn hormones more balanced.  Plus, I realized I didn’t really enjoy super intense workouts and needed to let my body recover from the workouts I was doing so that I could build muscle.  Recovery is so crucial!  If you’re unsure of what workout is right for you…

I highly recommend taking an Ayurveda test to find out what the best workout for your body type is.  Ayurveda has been around for more than 3,000 years and is extremely helpful in navigating your mind, body, health connection.  FYI I’m currently reading the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda written by my friend Sahara Rose in case you’re more interested in learning about it!

This week’s giveaway is $500 worth of workout clothes, makeup, sunscreen, accessories and more in the cutest lucite gym bag.  To enter, leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite type of workout and/or workout class is, Subscribe to my Youtube and newsletter, Follow me on Instagram and like my last 3 photos.  Winner will emailed on Friday!  Good luck!

 

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  • Roses for Fridays | by mia says:

    Wonderful excercise options .. love ♥️the places! 🌷👍🏼🌷

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    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Kelly P says:

    I’m like you and like to switch it up, but I’ve loved Barre3 lately! And long walks with the pups!

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    Oo I’d love to try out Box Union! It sounds like an amazing workout class!

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    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Holly says:

    I love a good old fashioned run along Hudson River Park… but going to have to give some of these NYC workouts a try!

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Nessie says:

    Currently coveting HIIT training sessions 3x a week combined with a 5 mile run 3x a week. Strong body = strong mind :)

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • isa says:

    I’m currently loving Orange Theory. Great workout and super fun.

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Jessica from What To Style says:

    Loving absolutely this workout look! Great Q&A and tips! ❤

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    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska says:
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  • Clara Bulfoni says:

    Yoga and elliptical!

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Lauren Pauley says:

    I have slowed down my intense workouts as well but I love running a few times a week, walking daily and yoga 1-2 times a week

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Nina Maggio says:

    I love Mighty Pilates (https://www.mightypilates.com/) on Montana in Santa Monica! But I’ve been dying to try Box Union!

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • JESS HUTCHINS says:

    MY FAVORITE WORKOUTS ARE JILLIAN MICHAELS ! I AM 45 AND SHE GOT ME INTO SICK SHAPE. ALSO JOGGING. I LOVE HOW EASY IT IS TO GET A WORKOUT ON MY LAPTOP – WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY A LOT FOR A PRIVATE TRAINER. SINCE I HAVE ATHLETIC & TRAINING EXPERIENCE, I AM FAMILIAR WITH PROPER FORM AND USE A MIRROR TO HELP ME.

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Lisa Heller says:

    My favorite all time workout is a dvd. Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. It literally kicks me into shape in 30 days with the most results I have ever had. If I am too tired for a fast paced qorkout, I do her core strengthening one instead which helps my abs stay in shape the most. Oneis high impact and one is not. Also, I feel doing a 30 minute in the morning helps with what I crave all day. When I am extremely exhausted I only walk/hike to help with my mood. :-)

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Kim says:

    Hip hop yoga?! I’m so intrigued. thanks for this!

    Kim

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    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Jana says:

    barry’s

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Xochitl Escobar says:

    My favorite workout and class is boxing. I feel all the stress comes out as I punch the bag!

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • Lianne Luce says:

    Thanks for sharing your fav exercise options! I enjoy yoga and an evening bike ride with my husband Matt :)

    August 1, 2018 | Reply
  • YZ Chan says:

    Such a great post! I need to work out more so will definitely try out some of your suggestions. :)

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    August 2, 2018 | Reply
  • Lisa Autumn says:

    LOVE your workout outfit! So chic!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    August 2, 2018 | Reply
  • Danni Lopez says:

    My favorite workout is lifting weights and running. I love it!

    August 2, 2018 | Reply
  • Claire V says:

    Great informative post! I love to run outside in the neighborhood, around two miles…any more than that I would die, lol – not a huge fan of cardio, especially running, in a gym. I need to start incorporating weights into my work outs but I sooo hate any type of weights/strength training!

    August 2, 2018 | Reply
  • Jillian r says:

    My favorite workout lately is cycling!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Choo says:

    My workouts also changes depending on my mood, but my current obsession is boxing classes!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Jessica says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m about to travel to LA this weekend. Loving BBG and megaformer.

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Catlin Nalley says:

    Orange Theory!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Kellie says:

    I am obsessed with Body by Simone (I live in NYC) but they have a studio in LA as well. You should try it!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Lauren Silka says:

    I just started BBG and love it! Rumble in NYC is my new favorite!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Lexi Coleman says:

    Hi Kat! I loved this blog post! My favorite workout is indoor cycling. I have never tried soulcycle or flywheel but in Vermont I go to Rev for my workouts and I love it!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Morgan Laville says:

    I love weightlifting and light cardio, more specifically deadlifts for that booty and jogging with my puppies!! ❤️💪🏻🐶

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Briana says:

    I love Bounce Society in Costa Mesa!!! It’s a combination of cardio and weights on your own personal trampoline. It’s so much fun! I look forward to going 4-5 times per week to keep a clear head and get drenched in sweat! If you are ever in OC you should definitely check it out!!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Christie says:

    I’ve been really into SoulCycle lately! Great for the mind and the body

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Steph Dem says:

    I’m almost on the same regimen as you! Except I do personal training twice a week (Best money I’ve spent on myself!) and spin class once a week at a place called fit on in the South Bay. You can do 30 minutes of spin and 30 min of body work with TRX, light weights, etc back to back! :) Xo

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Nicolette says:

    Currently love my HIIT workouts! I try and do a quick hiit in the am a few times a week, also love running whether I’m outside or at the gym, all for a clear mind and great bod :)

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Lauren says:

    Agree about the personal trainer! I see mine three times a week with two girlfriends and we always feel great after!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Melody says:

    I love dancing it out for my exercise at Danceline LA Culver City they have the most fun SOCA/dance Hall class. I used to really enjoy the classes at Love Yoga in Venice too when I lived in Santa Monica. Thanks for the great suggestions!

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Georgia says:

    Thank you for sharing your favorite workouts! I married my personal trainer who is also my soulmate 16 years ago!! Personal training sessions are the absolute best.

    August 3, 2018 | Reply
  • Nikita Koradia says:

    I usually love dance classes. There is a girl who conducts Bollywood dance classes called BollyPop and I love her classes. She has classes in Santa Monica as well as UCLA

    August 4, 2018 | Reply
  • Allie says:

    I really love spin, there is a local place in Austin called Love Cycling that I’m obsessed with. I also do Orange Theory twice a week but its not my fave.

    August 9, 2018 | Reply
  • senda says:

    Hot 8 yoga is nice for me. Thanks for the post

    August 9, 2018 | Reply
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