the studio(MDR) is one of the best workouts I've ever experienced, and after just one 50 minute class I felt stronger than ever. I can only imagine what a few classes a week for a month could do to my body. The classes at the studio are like pilates boot camp, but with a fun, motivational structure and great music that made me want to move. I had never worked on an SPX machine before - it was a little confusing because of all the different ways to use it, but it wasn't very difficult. Like any hardcore workout, the hardest part was finishing all the reps and breathing through the burn. The instructor, Mary, was very good about helping with adjustments and coaching me to keep pushing myself through the tough parts.
The best part about the studio(MDR) however wasn't the great workout - it was the vibe. I've been to body classes all over Los Angeles and I can say with sincerity that this was one of the most pleasant experiences I've ever had. The physical atmosphere is really soothing, which is important when doing strenuous exercise - NYC inspired pink wallpaper, plants, big windows let that let in lots of natural light and bounces off the mirrors, and everything was very clean. Even better is the energy of the owner, Lisa. She welcomed me and the other students with a big smile and warm demeanor - not an ounce of pretentiousness. The other women in the class were also really nice, and I felt like if I continued to go there I would become friends with them. There was no judgement of what people looked like, what they were wearing, what shape they were in, or how many reps anyone could do before needing a break. Though there were no men in my class, it is not a girls only club - men would love this workout just as much.
Clearly, the studio(MDR) gets a big thumbs up from me and I highly recommend you check it out. The one catch is that it's on the pricey side - $35 a class (though only $18 for your first). There are some package deals that will bring down the price per session. If that price makes you cringe, keep in mind that you are guaranteed to see some major results in your body.
The Studio (MDR)
330 Washington Blvd, Unit C
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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