So this redefined a Girls Night Out. I’ve been flirting with trying Basecamp Fitness for awhile, the idea of jumping on bike and off for a minute to do muscle building/toning and back on has a an HIIT/Tabata approach that appeals to me. Plus – I figure I can do anything for one minute!
When my friend Jennifer invited me to go with her – I figured I had no more excuses. She is seriously in love with this workout and since she’s often the first to try a lot of the latest Hollywood fitness offerings since she’s an LA lifestyle blogger & expert, I trust her when she says she’s #obsessed.
Address: 8714 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069 (on the corner across from 24 hour fitness)
Length: 35-45 minutes (depends if you stay for the post-assault ab session)
Price: first class free, 1 class/$29.99, 10 classes/$279.99, month unlimited/$199.99 with no commitment. Sometimes they even do a free wholeweek!
Overall: This is hard but fun!
Let’s get this party started …
This is walking distance from my place, but if you are driving in … can be a bit daunting. Metered parking is available on Santa Monica but I would opt for the structure attached to 24 hour fitness. (I’m not sure if Basecamp validates for that structure but I hate searching for parking). Walk on in and it is bright, modern and fresh. The staff is so welcoming and friendly. What I loved most about Basecamp is that extra step they take to pamper you. Since it was my first class, I was offered a large bottle of Smartwater (my fave). I’ve read that they will even fill up your own water bottle for you! I was then escorted to my Air Assault bike that was labeled with my name. I was measured for height (I’m a 4) and told that it would be on file … meaning that my own bike will always be set up with my name and the right height just for me. J’adore! Paul was our instructor (I knew him from a previous fitness studio), so I was already comfortable. At 8:30 p.m., this was a pretty full class. Paul then got the class started, and even had two assistants who could demonstrate moves and put away equipment during transitions.
Game On …
I was told that I was in Group B, and I looked up and saw a TV monitor that would become my friend during the next 35 minutes. All newbies start on the bike, which isn’t like a spin bike. It has a fan that gets harder as you pedal faster because the wind resistance kicks in. Your upper body also gets a workout from the push and pull handles, but if you get really winded (like I did), you can also just opt to go legs only.
There are also goals and prizes built right into the class. If you hit certain milestones (like literally, 5 miles, etc) you get a t-shirt! And Paul put us through some sprints during some of our 1 minute bike intervals.
In between said intervals, we did floor work which ranged from lunges and bodyweight exercises, to dead lifts and even some TRX and BOSU work. Again, don’t worry if you aren’t Crossfit – fit. You go at your own pace and can modify accordingly. Plus, it’s only a minute and we didn’t repeat exercises so that kept it interesting for me.
After the 35 minute class, came straight up ab work, and then we were done, and in true blogger fashion, Jen took selfies. How do you like my Towel Pose?
I prefer this shoe shot lol
We walked home in the crisp air, but if I were hungry I would have headed to Fresh Corn Grill next door for my favorite Grilled salmon with Brussel Sprouts. If it were morning, Pressed Juicery would be my go to spot to get all my greens in one shot. And if I felt like relaxing or detoxing, I might head to Firm Body Evolution for an Infra Red Jade Sauna Session.
All in all – I loved my Basecamp experience and will be coming back.