Category Archives: SWEAT + STUDIOS

RENAISSANCE INDIAN WELLS OPENS COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS CENTER, PROVIDING EXCLUSIVE NEW ACCESS TO THE INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGIES

November 14, 2018

So, you know I have a little thing about working out while traveling. Ok, let’s just say, I like to travel to work out. Yah, I know. Weird. I love nothing more than visiting hotels and checking out their gyms (and spas, duh) and writing about my experience.

In the case of Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, I’ll talk mostly about their gym, as the hotel was an after thought for me. I went solely to experience their revolutionary new Fitness Center which seeks to redefine the hotel workout experience and present an unprecedented roster of advances for guests of all fitness levels.

And that would be totally correct. The gym is lit, as the kids say.

The transformed venue provides access to leading workout breakthroughs, from on-demand classes and shared training to customizable apps and functional zone activities. The Center also honors travelers’ increasing interest in high- and low-intensity interval training, and in strength and body weight exercise and technological assists to help maximize performance.

The equipment is extensive, including the innovative Peloton Commercial Bike – a technological first for regional travelers. Futuristic enhancements also include the new Max-Trainer from leading cardio manufacturer Octane, along with recently introduced Life Fitness cardio machines which synch with Apple GymKit.

I had two sensational workouts – fueled myself at the pool restaurant which actually had healthy choices and took two or three massive walks around the hood – which is a golf course and a desert. Both stunning, spacious and a gorgeous break from LA.

The hotel is massive and I could not quite figure out who it’s for – golfers? People heading to casinos? Who knows. Who cares. IF you are in the area and need to kick ass in a gym, head over to this one.

The gym is open to registered guests and area residents joining the hotel’s new fitness membership program, the Fitness Center presents the following innovations:

  • Advanced new Peloton Bikes with commercial-grade hardware and software – now regarded as the most socially-connected and immersive indoor bikes available. The commercial Peloton is Fitbit-compatible and offers unlimited access to studio cycling classes. Guests can ride to daily live cycling classes streamed directly from Peloton’s NYC studio, or they can choose from 4,000+ on-demand workouts ranging in difficulty, length, and theme. They can track their progress with in-depth metrics and can race other riders on a real-time leaderboard. The bikes’ 22-inch high-definition, sweat-proof touch-screens fully immerse riders in every class, bringing the power of studio fitness directly into the Renaissance Indian Wells hotel setting. Local desert trails are among the included workout video options.

  • Octane makes its first hotel appearance, and its only fitness center appearance anywhere in the desert, as it presents its new Max-Trainer at Renaissance Indian Wells. The Max-Trainer hybrid climber is a bold new high-intensity interval training machine which delivers ultra-efficient metabolic conditioning. It fuels major results in cardio, functional training and small group workouts.

 

  • Life Fitness brings its treadmills, ellipticals, PowerMill Climber and recumbent bikes to the Fitness Center, all providing Apple GymKit connectivity. This allows guests to pair their Apple Watches wirelessly and seamlessly to exchange data between the watch and machine. Once connected, Apple Watch and the machine exchange data such as heart rate, calories burned, distance, speed and incline, ensuring that the metrics on the machine match what users sees on their watches.

  • TRX brings further innovation to the Renaissance Indian Wells Indian Wells Fitness Center, thanks to its new TRX Suspension Trainer body weight suspension training products. Workout highlights include functional training zones as well as body weight suspension training.

 

  • The Woodway Curve Trainer, another very rare find in the hotel world, is a completely manual treadmill which allows a user to accelerate and decelerate at any desired pace, without the need to push a button.

 

  • Fitness On Demand: Virtual on-demand classes such as yoga, plyoga, tone & shred and Jillian Michaels “Hard Body” are available in the Center’s newly created, semi-private “Virtual Fitness Class Zone.”

  • Sandbags, widely used in boutique fitness centers including elite performance, Crossfit, Bootcamps, MMA, and Boxing Clubs, are available as an additional training option to the standard dumbbells, barbells or medicine balls.

 

  • New Kettlebells at Renaissance Indian Wells have been imported from the UK’s leading fitness product designer and supplier, Jordan Fitness.

For local membership information, which also provides access to the resort’s outdoor lawn and aqua aerobic programs, please contact +1-760-836-1265. The new Fitness Center at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa was custom designed, developed and equipped by Growth Fitness Marketing & Design of Laguna Beach, California.

Limited Number of Local Memberships Available to Area Residents

Address44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Buzz About Bellicon

August 21, 2018

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

The Wall’s Flagship Studio Finally Takes Over! (La Brea & Wilshire)

August 1, 2018

Finally!!
BREAKING GROUND WITH BREAKTHROUGH FITNESS
THE WALL‘s flagship studio has finally opened on the corner of Wilshire & LaBrea. Yes – THAT gorg 500 sq foot space you’ve been driving by!
Founder & Celebrity Trainer Jason Wimberly is my personal superhero.
THE WALL is the largest boutique studio in Los Angeles, as well as the first fully-registered green studio in the city.

This place – THE WALL, is my top fave workout experience.

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Check this out – THE WALL’s flagship studio offers a variety of workouts, expertly choreographed with every fitness background in mind.

Whether it be crushing it through circuit training in THE WALL’s “STACKED”, cycling to your goals at “WIMBERRIDE”, recovering in “STR3TCH” or challenging yourself in the studio’s signature class, “123STACK”, THE WALL offers something for everyone.

The “123STACK” is a class that is a first of its kind – beginning with 10 minutes of Core Activation, followed by 20 minutes of High Intensity Circuit Training and ending with 30 minutes of Indoor Cycling. Moving clients in rhythm through two studio rooms, 123STACK keeps attendees focused on unison, making it a  true model of Group Fitness. Holla!

At THE WALL, technology is not used as a means of competition, nor will you find any segregated workout stations. Instead, THE WALL utilizes performance data to help track progress. Each class is constructed rhythmically – ensuring that everyone moves in unison with the goal of promoting mindfulness, cohesion and most importantly, results.

With a mission to deliver the best value possible, Wimberly does not skimp on the luxury either. Architecturally significant and state-of-the-art, the flagship studio space has been designed to optimize the guest experience. Every visual detail is an expression of THE WALL’s philosophy – to break through and rise above, both physically and mentally. A heavy retail program, lounge, THE BAR (a grab-n-go station featuring bites from Cafe Gratitude and refreshments from Clover Juice), free parking, complimentary shoe rentals and towel services, luxury lockers and showers, free wi-fi and a rewards program are just a few of the amenities to expect at THE WALL’s Flagship. Wimberly explains that “it is important that THE WALL focuses on the community and creates a place to meet and connect – so every detail was chosen carefully to ensure a complete experience from start to finish”.

OMG Jason I worship YOU!

The fully interactive space boasts so much more than just workout classes. Wimberly is also intent on contributing to a better, healthier world. This philosophy is what propelled THE WALL to establish itself as the first ever, fully registered green fitness studio in Los Angeles – meaning a completely paperless check in, zero plastic water bottles (only boxed water and a filtered water station), along with the use of eco-friendly building materials and completely toxic-free cleaning materials.

No walls? No breakthroughs. The flagship studio brings together like-minded people in order to generate a cohesive and unified workout juxtaposed with personal success and growth, with a variety of class opportunities and styles. Wimberly’s dream has always been to create a fitness experience that knocks down the mental walls that shroud physical goals in order to challenge the mind, body and soul – now in a studio just as elevated as his workouts.

New client intro pricing is two classes for $25 (one free).

THE WALL’s Flagship Studio (730 S. La Brea Ave, just south of Wilshire) is currently open.

About Jason Wimberly (personal God, if you ask me)

With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jason has taught over 6,000 sold-out classes across the country and keeps many of Hollywood’s elite looking their best, including Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, Jane Lynch, Leela Goldkuhl and Annabeth Gish. Prior to opening THE WALL, Jason launched WIMBERLEAN, his signature movement and DVD that focuses on long, lean bodies through isolated movements with resistance bands. Additionally, Jason is a featured W Hotels Worldwide FUEL Trainer and Propel Water Ambassador.

WANDERLUST: The World’s Only “Mindful Triathlon” Returns to Los Angeles

April 11, 2018

 On Your Mat, Get Set, Flow!
April 28 and April 29, 2018

 

Wanderlust, producer of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, in partnership with adidas, brings Wanderlust 108, the world’s only mindful triathlon, back to Los Angeles on both Saturday April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Coming to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, Wanderlust’s unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a music-fueled, outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation. Mindful triathletes can also browse the marketplace of local craft and food vendors, and experience bonus fitness classes throughout the day.

Saturday’s lineup includes yoga from Chelsey Korus, meditation from Noah Levine, with tunes spun by DJ Drez.

Sunday’s lineup includes yoga from Mary Beth LaRue, meditation from Light Watkins with sweet beats provided by Jesse Blake.

For the complete lineup and ticketing information, please visit:

For the SATURDAY Wanderlust 108: http://www.wanderlust.com/los-angeles-saturday

For the SUNDAY Wanderlust 108: http://www.wanderlust.com/los-angeles-sunday

New for 2018, participants in North America will be able to choose from an array of premium ticket options to create their perfect Wanderlust 108 adventure. Ticket prices starting at $30 with premium packages from $99. Attendees can customize their experience via the tiers below:

WAN(DER)LUST Package: $150

Wanderlust has joined (RED) in the fight to end AIDS.

  • 50 tickets will be available
  • Attendees will receive a Manduka WAN(DER)LUST mat, Wanderlust 108 tote, WAN(DER)LUST water bottle, and Wanderlust fandana.
  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Premium mat placement for the yoga and mediation portions of the event.
  • A scheduled bonus activity: Attendees can choose from a variety of experiences: aerial yoga, AcroYoga, hooping—and new this year—Flying Therapeutics, which is a combination of AcroYoga and Thai Massage, or Body Work, which is deep-tissue, self-massage techniques which can assist in releasing pain, opening locked muscles and facilitating proper posture. Participants will be able to add this to their day’s agenda pre-event.
  • A Wanderbowl will be included as well—a hearty, Mexican inspired vegetarian (or vegan) meal of rice, beans, cheese, avocado and mango-lime-cilantro salsa, plus snacks and a beverage. (Wanderbowls are also available for purchase at any ticket tier.)
  • A Free Wanderlust TV class ( https://tv.wanderlust.com/ ) to continue the Wanderlust experience online at home.

108 Package: $99

  • 200 tickets will be available
  • Wanderlust 108 yoga mat, 108 tote, Wanderlust water bottle and Wanderlust fandana
  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Reserved mat placement
  • Free Wanderlust TV class ( https://tv.wanderlust.com/ ) to continue the Wanderlust experience at home, online.
  • A scheduled bonus activity: Attendees can choose from a variety of experiences: aerial yoga, AcroYoga, hooping—and new this year—Flying Therapeutics, which is a combination of AcroYoga and Thai Massage, or Body Work, which is deep-tissue, self-massage techniques which can assist in releasing pain, opening locked muscles and facilitating proper posture. Attendees will be able to add this to their day’s agenda pre-event.

108 Ticket: $40-$60

  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Prices will rise as the event date approaches.
  • Wanderlust fandana
  • Access to bonus activities on a drop-in basis, space available.

Practice Ticket: $30-$45

  • Entry to the yoga + meditation portions of the event only
  • Prices will rise as the event date approaches.

At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store experience created by adidas and Wanderlust housed in a 60’ geodesic dome. Items from the adidas x Wanderlust co-branded collection will be sold on site at each event.

At each Wanderlust 108 event in North America, attendees will be nourished by a number of Wanderlust partners, including:

  • adidas will be introducing new experiences to the 5K run and offering additional fitness activities to help attendees embed more sport into their day.
  • Flow is pleased to bring their high-quality, naturally alkaline spring water to the Mindful Triathlon to hydrate participants throughout the day. These events will also be a chance for Wanderlust attendees to taste Flow’s brand new organic flavored water: Cucumber + Mint and Lemon + Ginger in a refreshing environment.
  • Ford Motor Company was built on the belief that freedom of movement drives human progress. Ford is proud to be the Official Vehicle of Wanderlust and to support healthy initiatives inside, and outside, the company. Event attendees can stop by the Ford Zen Den to learn more about the sustainable practices and wellness programs at Ford, and of course, take home some incredible giveaways.
  • Rainier Fruit is a leading grower of both conventional and organic apples, pears and cherries. As a fourth generation family farm we are committed to the mission of living Wholesome to the Core. A partnership with Wanderlust allows us to share our delicious fruits with like-minded consumers who are choosing to fuel their active lifestyles with high quality food like our organic apples. We are excited to meet yoga enthusiasts from around the country and help them get to know Rainier Fruit through our on-site sampling and our sponsorship of the Wanderlust Walking Lunch.

In 2018, Wanderlust will donate $1.08 from every ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS with (RED), which could provide over 3 days of life-saving HIV medication. To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the AIDS fight, supporting HIV/AIDS programs and services in eight countries in Africa. 100% of money raised goes to work on the ground—no overhead is taken. For more information, visit red.org

Become a fan of Wanderlust at
Facebook www.facebook.com/wanderlust
Twitter www.twitter.com/wanderlustfest
Instagram http://instagram.com/wanderlustfest
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/WanderlustFestival

   

All Photos by Melissa Gayle for Wanderlust Festival

Lagree Fitness Studio Westwood + WeHo

March 30, 2018

Although there’s over 300+ Lagree Fitness locations worldwide, LA is the only place in the world where you can try out Sebastien Lagree’s personally owned and operated studios – you know, the fitness guru praised by Hollywood’s A-list for keeping their bodies in tip-top shape with his Megaformer machine?

Well now you can visit the first-ever “Megaformer Pop-Up Studio” — Lagree Fitness Studio Westwood – featuring Lagree’s signature 50-minute Megaformer classes on his newer M3S machines 7x a week. Check out the class schedule here. Leading ladies like Meghan Markle, Kim Kardashian, Michele Obama and Sofia Vergara swear by the workout for long, lean muscles without the bulk. This class will literally hit every muscle in the shortest possible workout (hardest, bafflingly so!) I think I have ever had. Think WTF this is isane, hard AF and freaking AMAZING!!!!

Like its sister studio in West Hollywood, the new Lagree Fitness Studio outpost will soon offer Lagree’s signature 25-minute, full-body HIIT workout every half-hour on Lagree’s patented Supra machine — the Megaformer cousin that inclines and tilts like a space simulator, turning you into an actual puddle of sweat.

Until they swap out the M3S for the Supras this Summer, head to either location for a 400-cal-burning session dubbed “Hollywood’s Toughest Workout,” by the LA Times, and maybe you’ll spot some studio favorites like Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, or Ashley Graham among your class crowd.

  • Lagree Fitness Studio Addresses:

o   Westwood location: 1001 Gayley Ave., Westwood, CA, 90924

o   West Hollywood Location: 375 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

Celebrity Fans of Lagree Fitness Studio & Lagree Fitness Method: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Ashley Graham, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Bella Thorne, Calvin Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears, Lea Michele, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karli Kloss, Toni Garrn, Eva Longoria, Ronda Rousey, Marcia Cross, Elizabeth Hurley, Molly Sims, Martha Hunt, Rebecca Romijn, Courtney Cox, David Duchovny, Jeremy Piven, Mary J. Blige, and more.