SoCal is hardly know for its chilly weather, but it seems that fitness-loving Angelenos just love to crank up the thermostat. How do we know? A heated version of nearly every kind of workout is now offered in LA.
Workout heat-seekers who thrive on the sweat (and the detox) factor, now have their pick of yoga, cycling, boot camp, dance cardio, and more, all in a near-tropical climate, indoors.
Proving our theory, on October 1, Pilates instructor, and Mari Winsor alum, Shannon Nadj will open LA’s first mat-based Hot Pilates studio in Sunset Plaza on the Sunset Strip (which is becoming somewhat of a fitness hub with SoulCycle, Equinox and Aura Yoga all within steps of each other).
Inspired by this desire to perspire, we bring you our guide to the hottest workouts in Los Angeles. Quite literally. —Rachel Marlowe
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Sixty-minute mat classes at the about-to-open Hot Pilates will include Classic Pilates, Cardio Pilates Sculpt, and Pilates for Dancers (a classic barre class). And all of them take place in a light-filled, 1,500 sq-foot studio, that’s heated to between 90 and 100 degrees. “I am a big hot yoga fan and when I was doing my Pilates teacher training, I realized that the lengthening and strengthening effect of Pilates could really be increased with heat,” says founder Shannon Nadj, who counts Paula Patton among her clients. “It’s also so much more efficient as you don’t have to spend as much time warming up.”
8604A Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069, www.myhotpilates.com
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Hot Boot Camp
Jennifer Johnson’s Bangin’ Body Bootcamp is already one of the toughest workouts in town with its 90 minutes of high intensity cardio dance, plyometrics, calisthenics, kickboxing, and muscle conditioning. So heating the studio to 85 degrees may seem like overkill. “We probably don’t need it,” Johnson admits. “But it helps you get there quicker. Warm muscles are more elastic and flexible and burn fat much more effectively to create that lean dancer’s body.” (Jessica Alba in the new Sin City flick is proof of her method.)
3rd Street Dance, 8558 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90048, www.jjdancer.com
(Photo: Jennifer Johnson)
Hot Dance Cardio
LA’s queen of dance cardio Tracy Anderson heats all of her classes to a humid 86 degrees—but not for the reason you think. “The heat is not all about the sweat,” says Anderson. Though with the bands, the reps, the choreography, you will. “It’s more centered around the fact that the body’s thermoregulatory systems are forced to control themselves, as you work different muscles.” We favor the swish locker rooms at the Brentwood location over Studio City’s as a place to wash up.
11918 San Vincente Blvd., Brentwood, 90049, www.tracyandersonmethod.com
(Photo: Tracy Anderson via Facebook)
Hot Indoor Cycling
“I was that girl who hated it when the instructor would turn on the fans or crank the AC,” says The Sweat Shoppe owner Mimi Benz of her preference for a toasty room. And she’s not alone. Her hot spin classes (the studio is heated to between 80 and 83 degrees) have proved so popular there are no longer any non-heated ones on the schedule at this North Hollywood cycling destination. “Heat is a great training tool to boost athletic performance,” says Benz. “Our riders have experienced this first hand and can ride longer, harder, and faster.”
11049 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood 91601, www.thesweatshoppe.com
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A lot of yoga studios are heated in LA. But Hot8Yoga is entirely devoted (obsessed even) to making the practice as pleasant as possible. From their state-of-art climate control system which pumps disinfected, humidified, oxygenated air into the studios; to the hyper-allergenic, Ploy-Extruded Mat flooring, which eliminates odor and wicks away moisture. Oh, there’s also the handy Yogitoes skidless mat rental. After Hot Power Yoga, Hot Yoga Sculpt using weights, or Hot Yoga Barre, nothing feels better than to be offered their eucalyptus-scented cold hand towel and cucumber-lemon-infused water.
8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211, and 1422 Second Street, Santa Monica 90401, www.hot8yoga.com
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