The ClassPass app is incredible. I am super addicted to it. I scroll through it like it's a Facebook feed of only the people I care about. You can type in the area you want to search with distance perimeters, types of classes, and times. You scroll until you find a class that really gets your goat. Some of the more popular classes (such as reformer classes where there a limited amount of spots) fill up more quickly so you have to become a bit of planner with smaller classes. However, if you want to take a Cardio Barre class for example, I have literally signed up while I was at the studio already and poof I am in the class.
I typically like to take classes in Studio City because that is where I live but I'm always zipping around town for auditons. If I have an audition and I am feeling ambitious, I take work-out gear along and search for a class around that area. I love having the ability to take class when or wherever I happen to be at that very moment, any time of the day. It could be an indecisive's person worst nightmare though, because there are literally so many options.
I had an audition today at noon and I had to wash my hair before. Therefore, I knew that I needed to take a class early in the day because it will be a cold day in hell before I wash my hair twice a day. I looked at the handy app and decided 8 am would be a time where I could still actually drag myself out of bed and just enough time to bathe afterwards.
I chose to take CorePower Yoga Sculpt. I tried a new studio that I had not visited before. I went to the Studio City location, I've only been to the Sherman Oaks spot. Like most Core Power studios, it was super clean, posh, and beautiful. It also has really lovely natural light that comes in through the patio windows. The negatives? Parking is absolutely terrible. You either have to park at a meter or park in the underground structure which charges $1.50 every 20 minutes. The meters did not start until 8, which means you cannot put money in them until the clock strikes 8 am which means I would be late for class. I REFUSE to pay 4 bucks to park for an hour so I found street parking like 6 blocks away and hauled ass to class. I'm very Los Angeles now, so parking even two blocks seems ridiculous to me even though I could count the "walk time" as part of my workout. So I feel like I got extra points today for my efforts.
Core Power Sculpt is no joke. It's really hard, y'all. When I go toCorePower I like to take the Level 2 or Fusion classes. I like the fusion classes because when I am super hot after the first half hour I can just lay there and sweat and sweat and it still feels like I did something. But sculpt is like half yoga class, half bootcamp class, in 102 degree temperature. Our teacher today (I forgot her name, I will need to get better at this) was really into squats. I must have did 100 squats. It was not fun. I liked this teacher yogi lady though. CorePower is sometimes hit or miss for me with their teachers. Sometimes they can be rather cookie cutter, and classes can get monotonus but this gal today really seemed to vary up the routine. She also gave a lot of individual attention, there were only 6 people in my class. By the way, this is the smallest class size I have ever had a CorePower, they tend to pack them in. Sometimes I am sweating and touching the sweaty person next to me, which is generally less than ideal. She also gave me a little back massage when I was stretching. That was neat.
In the end, I rated my class 5 stars. Parking is a nightmare but the class was excellent and the studio is fancy and I feel very rich when I take class there.