In the quest for a sleek physique, hundreds of studios have cropped up in the Los Angeles area offering pilates and ballet barre classes. These workouts sculpt strong bodies without the bulk, but with such a specialized routine, there are some downsides. For one, they don’t deliver on providing a sweat inducing challenge that many crave. Another common pitfall is the monotony, and ultimately boredom, that comes from repeating the same routine.
Sara Kapuchinski, a formerly overweight music executive turned fitness aficianado, has a solution to these issues. Its name is I Heart Fitness XO, a unique studio that offers her signature hybrid workout. It delivers high energy. Seamless transitions done with speed. Push-ups. Cardio. These factors alone let students know that this is no ordinary Pilates workout. If Joseph Pilates were around today, he’d be impressed.
By combining the best components of traditional Pilates, barre and basic athletic training, classes here are unlike anything you’ve experienced elsewhere. Students are led through routines that incorporate equipment such as the barre, mat and Pilates springboard. Utilizing different apparatuses are key to keeping muscles on their toes. Half of the work is done on the ‘FitFormer,’ highly regarded as the Lamborghini of reformer machines. It is constructed with a carriage that glides like silk, challenging bodies in ways traditional machines cannot.
Said Kapuchinski, “When I decided to open a studio, I knew that I wanted to offer the kind of classes that I would want: high energy, fun, time flying by, clearly instructed, difficult classes. What could be better?” This epiphany came after she embarked on a tireless search for a workout that she could stick with. From gyms to boxing classes and finally Pilates, she crafted a class that took the best elements of her fitness experiences.
In as few as 10 sessions, regular clients enjoy dramatic changes in their bodies, physical abilities, energy levels and a sense of well-being. And as if that isn’t good enough, they’re even referred to by their first name by passionate instructors.
Three levels of classes are offered seven days a week. First timers can try a class for just $15.00. If it turns out to be a match in fitness heaven, there are various rates and membership plans available. As Sara would say, “Love yourself.” Happy sculpting.