Welcome to The Tuesday Tune Up – because Mondays suck!
Welcome to the beginning of the blog week with a weekly focus on fitness and music.
This week it’s the coolest group fitness class to hit Los Angeles:
When I received an invitation to RockSweat, a music-intensive group fitness experience that claimed to “elevate fitness freaks to rockstar status”, I thought that my people had finally found me:
Music + Fitness + The (legendary) Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip =
OH HELL YES!
RockSweat is the production of two transplanted New Yorkers living in LA (just like me) who love music and fitness. Evan Harrison was one of the creators of the iHeartRadio platform and his wife, Diane Harrison, is an AFAA Group Exercise instructor.
RockSweat isn’t just a workout in a concert venue, it’s a full-on experience. We’re talking club lighting, videos and a DJ with a sound system that accompanies a sweat session. This is not your general run-of-the-mill playlist from an iPhone kind of workout.
It’s not every day that you get to do burpees on the floor where legendary artists like everyone from Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Prince and even Duran Duran have been. Once I found out that Duran had played The Roxy, I decided to wear my Duran Duran tank top to RockSweat (like I needed an excuse).
Evan’s DJ playlist is varied and he peppers his set with tidbits of music history. If you’re a freak about your love of music on social media, Evan might even incorporate one of your favorite songs into his playlist (Thanks a bunch for “Save A Prayer”).
Diane is sweet while she leads you through a 45 minute full body workout (with components of HIIT, cardio, core work and Pilates with 6 minutes of vinyasa yoga led by a second guest instructor) but don’t think that you’ll get off easy because you will most certainly SWEAT!
RockSweat is a workout for all levels. I modified all of the high impact moves because my back was achy and I absolutely worked my core big time!
RockSweat has had just 4 sessions to date and it seems to be attracting some high profile attention. Alexis Bellino, of The Real Housewives of Orange County, made an appearance at the last RockSweat session and Tweeted the following:
— Alexis Bellino (@AlexisBellino) January 10, 2015
- Side note: The Real Housewives has gotten me through some rough times (like every single bumpy plane ride because I convince myself that planes do NOT crash during Bravo shows. I’m really not kidding).
It doesn’t matter if you’re famous because everyone who attends RockSweat gets a little part(y)ing gift! When I attended I received a RockSweat sweatband and some Foxy Organic Broccoleaf (which was quite a delight to this Registered Dietitian). I’d never had Broccoleaf but it was delicious in my post workout smoothie!:
The one thing that I’ve embraced since moving from New York is the LA music scene. I never thought I’d be able to top going to the Troubadour to see Billy Idol in the afternoon but I think a RockSweat 9am workout at The Roxy might come close.
To find out more or to join me at The Roxy for the next session of RockSweat on 2/21/15 at 9am:
- Book your ticket ($20) on their website: Rocksweat.com
- Follow them on Twitter at @RockSweatFit or Instagram at @RockSweat
- Like them on Facebook
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary admission to RockSweat but (as always) all opinions expressed here are my own.