Rise Nation: Home to L.A.’s Newest 30-Minute Workout – & Skyelyfe Tried It First!

January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Why is it that no matter what healthy groove we are in right before November, those delightful habits really do fall out the door as soon as the holidays creep up? I think I speak for everyone I know when I say we are anxiously eager to get back into our workout routines and relatively sensible ways of eating.

I admit, I think my last real workout was at least 12 days ago (I swear I’ll get back into the swing of things this week!), but the nifty part is it was a closed trial session at Rise Nation, a specialty studio that didn’t open its doors to the public until this month, just in time to help people conquer their new year’s resolutions!

Started with the vision of training and movement expert Jason Walsh, Rise Nation hosts 30-minute cardio climb classes, the first of its kind in L.A.

Sure, when the opportunity to try a new workout arose, I was a little hesitant. I’m not the best at changing up my routine (even if just for one day). But after completing my half-hour class, I was pleased to find that not only was this a super brief sweat session, but it’s something anyone can do, regardless of fitness experience or frequency.

So, just what is the cardio climb movement? It’s the action of using your arms and legs to move up and down a tall climbing device – but to the beat of music (basically dancing on a machine). So, a song with more beats per minute will require a lot more movement. As Walsh refers to the workout on its website, it is an “experience,” not a class.  The experience is set up in a dark room where you’ve pre-booked your machine (a la Flywheel, etc.), and by the end of the workout, I was sweating and my legs were nap-ready. It was nice because the room is located upstairs, connected to a rooftop patio with a table and chairs, so guests can decompress in the fresh air, post-session.

Located on Melrose and La Cienega, this brand new facility provides a free experience to first-time users. There are 1-4 sessions offered each day, except for Sundays when the spot is closed.

Happy climbing!

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