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Uplift, New York’s women-only boutique fitness studio (and community), arrives in LA


Uplift LA

Girl power has just arrived on West Hollywood’s workout scene.

New York City’s Uplift Studios, which bills itself as a “fitness studio and female society,” opens its first Los Angeles location on Monday, February 15, where it will offer the same body-strengthening workouts paired with community-building workshops on topics like career and relationships.

“It was totally serendipitous,” says co-founder and president, Leanne Shear, who says VP Britt Gage went to the West Coast to take a preliminary look around and happened to find the perfect spot on Melrose, bringing it all together in just a few months. “This is what I love about it, this is why it’s so exciting.”

Uplift opened its first studio in the Flatiron District of Manhattan in 2012, after building a following of women who would meet for workouts around the city (like bootcamps in Central Park) and then mingle over wine or cocktails (in their sweaty leggings). Since then, it’s become an established go-to spot for fit women, while maintaining its indie cred.

Uplift LA

“We have this incredibly loyal community of women, and that really extends to Los Angeles,” says Shear, who witnessed that in action after posting the expansion news on her Facebook page and watching women tag their friends in LA to spread the news.

Shear says that’s a great start in terms of recreating the brand on the opposite coast, and they’ve got a head start since once their top instructors, Leslie Duner, moved there two years ago and will now head up the LA studio.  “The warmth and the vibe and welcoming atmosphere is very similar,” she says.

Class offerings—like Endurance, Power, and Strength—will be the same as in New York, although the schedule will be lighter to start out (and will expand with demand). Classes will also be able to fit up to 20 women, instead of NYC’s 12.

And they’ll of course offer lots of the fun events they’ve become known for. In New York this winter, for example, they’re going snowshoeing upstate. In LA, it might be a Runyon Canyon hike—followed by wine, of course.

8254 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Los Angeles, 90046, upliftstudios.com

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