Two big-deal fitness studios open in Santa Monica

Cycle House It’s getting really sweaty in Santa Monica this week, and it has nothing to do with the especially warm Los Angeles winter.

West Hollywood indoor cycling favorite Cycle House just opened a second location, dubbed the Cycle “Beach” House, on Monday on Ocean Avenue, and national interval-training franchise Orangetheory Fitness is opening its second Los Angeles location on Friday just one block away.

“Santa Monica residents are up early, running and working out—there’s a lot happening here at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. In West Hollywood, you don’t see that,” says 30-year-old Adam Gillman, who, with wife Lara, also 30, own Cycle House. “It’s definitely a super fit and active part of LA.”

And the foot traffic shouldn’t hurt brand awareness either. (Then again, the studio and its staff are starring in a reality show on E! in May, so maybe this location will soon be as scene-y as the Ivy down the block?)

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The location (a former antique furniture shop) has 50 bikes, with a front row right up against the instructor’s podium, locker rooms with keypad lockers, a couple of showers filled with Kiss My Face products, and a TBD area in the front that looks like a good place for a juice bar. The place doesn’t have a beachy vibe, just proximity.

There’s a small sidewalk patio for stretching (keeping alive the post-class practice that the WeHo’s courtyard space is known for). But after your sweat sesh with Nichelle Hines, you could cross the street to put your feet in the ocean for a whole new level of cool down.

Or, you could go a little crazy and take a class at the new Orangetheory, which is the the second Los Angeles location after Brentwood. (The national franchise—with a 60-minute, heart-rate monitored workout using treadmills, rowing machines, TRX, and free weights—announced major expansion plans last year, and locations in West Hollywood, Glendale, Woodland Hills, DTLA, and Manhattan Beach are all expected to open by the end of the year.)


Santa Monica franchise owners Jim Cahlin and his wife Michelle Kelly have been devotees of the workout for several years and relocated from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Orangetheory’s hometown) to open the studio and be closer to family.

“I’ve always been an avid fitness person, and Orangetheory took my health to another level,” says Cahlin, who previously worked in commercial real estate. “I’m 55, and I went to the cardiologist and he told me I have the heart of a 30-year-old. I really attribute that to Orangetheory, and I want to help people do the same and change their lives.”

The studio is housed within a brand-new retail shopping center, complete with a 700-space parking garage and free 90-minute parking. (Yup, free!) Classes hold 28 people, and there’s one shower each for men and women. The studio also features a “2.0” brand look, with upgraded finishes like an LED sign, glass walls throughout, and new graphics.

All of this is to say, if you’re a Santa Monica local, you basically have zero excuses to not work out this spring. —Jamie McKillop and Melisse Gelula

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(Photos: Cycle House West Hollywood, Cycle House owners Adam and Lara Gillman at Cycle “Beach” House, Orangetheory)

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