Keeping up with the times in the fitness world is nothing out of the ordinary for a Nous girl. You name it; we’ve done it. So naturally, when we heard that a studio in our neighborhood was the first in Los Angeles to fuse Pilates (our favorite) with a hot yoga room, we had to add it to our been-there-nailed-that list. Challenge accepted.
In an effort to do something fun while also doing something good, we teamed up with Hot Pilates and our favorite athleisure brand Beyond Yoga on special class to raise donations for Back on My Feet, a local Los Angeles-based organization that utilizes a fitness-based program to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem in homeless individuals, allowing them to be better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives.
Celeb trainer Shannon Nadj, who also owns the studio and is basically our new Pilates guru, walked us through the class step by step (she also had quite a good time laughing along at our dramatic pleas for relief, and so did we).
Here’s what we learned: Hot Pilates takes both classic Pilates method classes, and over half a dozen Pilates fusion classes, and steps up the intensity by cranking up the heat. At 90 to 100 degrees, you are pretty much guaranteed to sweat- a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Which is totally a good thing. You’ll sculpt long and lean muscle while detoxing your body and clarifying your skin. It’s win-win-win, a true triple threat of fitness endeavors.
Back on my Feet is a local Los Angeles-based charity that utilizes a fitness-based program to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem in homeless individuals, allowing them to be better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. They also provide practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope. They seek to empower individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.