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April / May 2015

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By Karen Jordan L os Angeles is notorious for its mash-up of cultures, cuisines, architecture and lifestyles, so of course we offer a plethora of fi tness options that fuse the familiar and the new. Spice up your workout with offerings ranging from Yogalates to Pilox- ing and everything in between. Cyclelates was opened three years ago in Hollywood by Bam- bi Martin. "It was something really different," says enthusiast Jordyn Fischer, who takes the class three to fi ve times a week. "It was like spinning and Pilates, so I thought, why not? I got addicted to it." Martin started doing Pilates after being injured in a motorcy- cle crash, but then moved on to create something new. "Everybody loves the combo," she says. "You get amazing results and you're not damaging your body." This is especial- ly benefi cial for students with past injuries that prevent certain aerobic activities. A Cyclelates session mainly consists of 35 minutes on a Pi- lates reformer, a machine that focuses on abdominal work, alignment and fl exibility, followed by 20 minutes of cardio on a stationary bike. "You can do 20 minutes of anything," Martin says. Cyclelates,1555 Vine Street, Hollywood, 90028, www.cyclelates. com V iveca Jensen's path followed a similar trajectory. The former dancer and creator of the Piloxing brand says she injured her knee and used Pilates as part of her rehabilitation. She also began boxing because it "made me feel like I had power in myself." Combining the two was a natural fi t, she explains. "Both box- ing and Pilates work from the core [and] Joseph Pilates was a boxer when he was young. I understand that mindset. You're never going to box just from your arms." Piloxing students wear weighted gloves while blending boxing, including jabs and punches, with Pilates and ballet-inspired moves, such as plies and tendus. Giving students a sense of empowerment while helping them burn calories and lose weight keeps them coming back for more. Just ask Deborah Stussman, who takes Piloxing classes nearly every day. "I can't tell you what the workouts have done for my balance and endurance," she says. "I am so strong it's crazy, and I have never gotten compliments like I do on my body." Piloxing, 2220 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 91506, www.pilox- ing.com A nother popular trend is barre. Exhale Spa, located in Ven- ice, Santa Monica and Hollywood, offers Core Fusion Barre, which combines yoga, Pilates, ballet and other sports moves. With each student's own body being used as resistance, the fo- cus is on interval- and strength training, and stretching. "As this is a ballet-inspired, core–centric class, it focuses on isolating, core fi tness exercises, alignment, fl exibility, posture and mindful muscle movements," explains Exhale's public rela- tions director, Kim Kiernan. "We work on the ball of the foot to help get more range of movement in the leg and gluteal mus- cles." Core Fusion Barre, Exhale Spa, www.exhalespa.com R owing serves as the basis for ShockWave, a class launched by Equinox two years ago that uses rowing but circuit style. Fun fi tness fusions for getting in shape A CURE FOR WORKOUT BOREDOM whole living 18 wholelifetimesmagazine.com

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