It’s the holidays once again, and that extra slice of pie is calling your name.
During the rush of the holidays, stress, family and traffic can really add to feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm. Add all the rich foods, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. At OfficeSlice we believe in staying healthy and indulging ourselves (occasionally). Luckily we have three outstanding local fitness businesses that provide optimal workouts that go way beyond lifting weights at a big box gym.
Want to enjoy a fierce cardio workout with awesome music, and mood lighting? Then head to DragonFly Cycling.
DragonFly Cycling is located at 4455 Van Nuys Blvd, just north of Ventura Blvd. They are the leading indoor cycling studio in Sherman Oaks offering 50 minute cycling classes for everyone, 7 days per week.
No matter your fitness level, or even if you are not an experienced cyclist, DragonFly Cycling classes offer physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging classes. Get ready to sweat!
Jessica Lewis is the owner and founder of Dragon Fly Cycling. After a foot injury prevented this fitness maven to continue long distance running, she gave indoor cycling a try and fell in love. “My initial excitement towards cycling quickly turned into an obsession,” she told OfficeSlice, “Bad day at work? Argument with my spouse? Frustration over LA traffic? Whatever it was, cycling became my salvation…. My go-to in both good times and bad.”
Jessica’s passion towards cycling and her innate desire to help others led her to give up her career in software and open DragonFly Cycling. “This studio is my dream come true, and I am fully committed to making DragonFly a success and positively impacting all those I have the honor to work with.”
When this author, who regularly cycles to work (no traffic for me!) took a class recently at DragonFly, I was challenged and inspired! In fact at one point, I don’t know if it was the music or the workout, I got a little choked up. As Jessica told us, “DragonFly is more than about changing your body, it’s about changing your life. In that room you have the potential to learn patience, love, kindness and gratitude.”
Interested in giving DragonFly Cycling a try? No matter your fitness level, jump on their $10 offer for first timers. Try one of their popular theme rides. It’s a fun, exciting way to work off that extra pumpkin pie!
4455 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Street parking available. Visit site for more information.
Want to get your dance on and work out at the same time? Then let me introduce you to Blanks Studios and their signature Dance It Out classes.
Blanks Studios is located at 15030 Ventura Blvd and was founded by Billy Blanks Jr. It is L.A.’s newest dance fitness studio that offers non-judgmental and ego free zone for people to dance, sweat and have fun!
Everything at Blanks Studios is designed to get you and your butt moving in a fun way! This author describes the Dance It Out classes as Broadway or Hip Hop dance (depends on the instructor) meets fitness. Eric Shoji, one of the owners and instructors at the studios said, “There’s only room for dancing, sweating, laughing and having fun! No judgement.”
This author has taken the Dance It Out Classes with Eric and Billy Blanks Jr, the creator of Dance It Out. DIO is a total body, high energy, cardio dance workout that could be infused with various types of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Broadway, African, and so much more! So no matter what level of fitness you are at, you will have fun dancing with the Dance It Out classes. Eric said their most popular class is the Dance It Out Hip Hop on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. with Billy Blanks Jr., Eric is the live DJ and spins current and past hits.
Blanks Studios also offers Groov3, Hip Hop, Yoga and Zumba classes as well. They even offer a DIO for kids from ages of 5 to 11.
Of course, if the name sounds familiar, it’s because Billy Blanks Jr, is the son of Billy Blanks, the creator of Tae Bo. At Blanks Studios you can take a weekly morning Tae Bo class with Billy Blanks Sr.!
If you’re a first timer, looking to dance, sweat and have a good time, you can take a trial class for only $10.
15030 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks 91403
Located in the Starbucks Shopping Center at the corner of Noble and Ventura. Parking in the lot, or street parking available.
For our final out of the box workout, visit The Factory Training. Located on Kester Avenue just south of Oxnard, The Factory offers Performance and Fitness Training for athletes, adults and kids.
This author enjoys taking the adult fitness program at The Factory Training. These classes are never the same day after day, so it provides a new level of fitness, challenge and excitement with every workout.
The Factory’s mission for the adult fitness program is to help individuals perform better in every aspect of their lives. The adult fitness program provides us regular joes the same opportunity to train like a professional athlete in a group setting, using the same equipment, same variety of exercises and the same focus.
“Helping individuals perform better, look better inspires our clients with confidence, especially to continue and to keep coming back.” The Factory told us, “Also, a workout with us is an incredible stress reliever!”
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The Adult Fitness class begins with stretches and warmups, and then the fun really starts. You and your body are challenged using kettle bells, medicine balls, weights, Viprs and Keiser cable columns. In the group setting, you’re split up into groups and work together while challenging each other through the timed exercises.
This author has enjoyed mixing up her workouts with the Adult Fitness classes, finding the strength training and exercises exhilarating, and the variety fun. No two classes are ever the same!
The Factory has been training hundreds of professional, Olympic, and youth athletes across all major sports since 2007. Their Adult Fitness classes are effective and an enjoyable way for adults to reach their fitness goals.
If you’re interested in trying out The Factory Training Adult Fitness class, your first class is free!
5915 Kester Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411