What To Wear To 5 Of L.A.'s Most Ball-Busting Fitness Routines

Do we really need to dive into the seemingly endless list of reasons why regular exercise is a must for any Angeleno? No, we don't. But, we'll say this: Resolution season is upon us, which means bikinis and shorter hemlines aren't far behind. Before you break into a cold sweat just thinking about how you'll lose that extra holiday weight, take a peek at our five favorite fitness classes around L.A. that will put your current routine to shame (dashing to your meter post-mani doesn't count anymore, sorry!).
From Gwyneth's go-to trainer to an NYC export, these exercises are bound to help you achieve that higher and tighter tush you've always fantasized about. And, if a firm backside weren't enough motivation, take a gander at the five matching looks we've built based on each workout session — with not a single pair of sloppy sweats in sight!
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SoulCycle
Hailing from NYC, each class at this spin studio focuses on working your entire core while clearing your mind of stress and tension. The instructors are passionate and create their own playlists — everything from Nirvana to Taylor Swift can be heard while doing tap-backs and sprints. We're so devoted to the drills that our cycling shoes get more wear than our black pumps — and that's saying something! With brand-spankin'-new Santa Monica and Brentwood outposts, there's no excuse to skip these soulful sessions.
SoulCycle, 8570 West Sunset Boulevard (near Sunset Plaza Drive); 310-657-7685.

From Left, Clockwise: Gap Classic Ankle Socks (2 Pack), $6, available at Gap; American Eagle Jersey Zip Hoodie, $29.95, available at American Eagle; Forever 21 Neon Crisscross Sports Bra, $13.80, available at Forever 21; Old Navy Women’s Active Compression Leggings, $20, available at Old Navy; Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Road Cycling Shoes, $139.95, available at Sierra Trading Post.

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Barry's Bootcamp
Sure, the sight of all that equipment and Camouflage wallpaper could make even the buffest of the fitness buffs overwhelmed, but the no-nonsense classes are what keep customers coming back for more. With everyone from Kim Kardashian to Kelly Wearstler following Barry's lead, these grueling workouts aren't for the faint-hearted. The intense intervals of the Full Body course are great for Angelenos in search of an entire-body overhaul, but the routines that focus on arms, abs, butt, and legs are perfect for those in need of a fine-tune.
Barry's Bootcamp, 1106 North La Cienega Boulevard (between Fountain Avenue and Holloway Drive); 310-360-6262.

From Left, Clockwise: Casio G-Shock Classic Watch, $89, available at Nordstrom; Topshop Camo Tee, $44, available at Topshop; Lululemon Pure Balance Water Bottle, $28, available at Lululemon; Adidas Everday Mesh Stripe Shorts, $15, available at Adidas; New Balance Women’s 501 Sneaker, $49.95, available at DSW.

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Rockin' Model Workout At Equinox
With a background in dance and modeling, instructor Grace Lazenby knows a thing or two about getting fit the foxy way. Of course, there's a killer playlist awaiting you at the door — but we recommend you get the party started with a pair of playful earbuds and your fave booty-shaking sounds. Since the hour-long workout is a mix of yoga and Pilates, don't leave your mat at home, or your protein bar for added energy. Everyone from fashion editors to Olympic Gold Medalists are fans, and it's about time you experienced the routine firsthand!
Equinox, 8590 Sunset Boulevard (near Sunset Plaza Drive); 310-289-1900.

From Left, Clockwise: Marc by Marc Jacobs Heart-Shaped Acetate Headphones, $42, available at Net-A-Porter; Hugger Mugger Ultra Nature Collection Yoga Mat, $37, available at REI; C9 by Champion Endurance Tee, $12.99, available at Target; Kind Bar Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bar, $1.49, available at The Natural; Moving Comfort Compression Shorts, $21, available at Finish Line; American Apparel Shiny Pack Cloth Duffle Bag, $30, available at American Apparel.

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Core Fusion Boot Camp At Exhale Mind Body Spa
For those of you still skeptical about core-fusion classes, this spot will totally change the way you workout. The combo of Pilates, yoga, ballet, and dance principles will have you stretching, toning, and lengthening muscles like never before. The newest Boot Camp routine is a blend of cardio and strength-training, and includes a full 15-minute ab workout — ideal for those folks who want to melt away those extra holiday pounds. Plus, not only does this place build your stamina, it also features a lovely spa for those in serious need of a little R&R (aren't we all?).
Exhale Mind Body Spa, 101 Wilshire Boulevard (at 2nd Street); 310-319-3193.

From Left, Clockwise: Gorjana Hamsa Charm Bracelet, $50, available at Shopbop; Baserange Crewneck Loose Tee, $65, available at La Garçonne; Spanx Active Stretch Pants, $118, available at Net-A-Porter; Rachel Comey Persea Sandals, $355, available at Creatures of Comfort; Gaiam Radiance Printed Yoga Mat, $17.58, available at Gaiam.

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The Tracy Anderson Method
What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie, and Molly Sims have in common? Other than being total style stars, these babes hit up Tracy Anderson whenever they need a quick slim-down. Whether you're looking to get your bod back post-baby (à la many Hollywood mamas) or just need to get trim in record time, book a class a this A-list trainer's gym, ASAP. The small studio and Anderson's custom exercise program are designed to make you sweat, so sip on a healthy juice before you stretch. And, there will surely be paps patrolling for celeb sightings, so don't forget the ultimate shutterbug-blocker: over-sized shades.
The Tracy Anderson Method, 12345 Ventura Boulevard, Suite L (between Rhodes and Laurelgrove avenes); 818-762-3133.

From Left, Clockwise: Earth Bar Citrus Cleanse Juice, $7.95, available at Earth Bar; The North Face Women’s Tadasana VPR Sport Tank, $50, available at The North Face; Stella McCartney Oversized Round Acetate Sunglasses, $190, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Under Armour Coldgear Slash Tights, $49.99, available at Under Armour; Nike Free TR Fit 2 Training Shoe, $90, available at Nordstrom.

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