Strength training is LA’s hottest workout — here are the top spots to try it out

Photo: PRO-FIT 3/Yelp

Does it seem like everyone’s talking about strength training these days? That’s because it’s the most popular type of fitness class in Los Angeles right now, according to the fitness subscription service ClassPass.

But with so many strength training classes in the city, it can be hard to find the best one for you. So, Hoodline teamed up with ClassPass to find the top classes — those that consistently draw bigger crowds, yet still have enough space to meet the demand. And because variety is the spice of any workout routine, we’re bringing you offerings from multiple venues around the city. 

If you’re ready to give this workout a try, here’s the info to help you find the right session, in the right place, and on your terms.

Protip: Joining ClassPass gives you access to these and thousands of other studios, gyms and wellness offerings where you live, where you work and where you travel.

HIIT by LAF at LA Fitness

12545 Imperial Highway, Norwalk and other locations

PHOTO: Tamara T./Yelp

As the studio describes it on ClassPass, HIIT by LAF is “a 50-minute, high-energy workout with MYZONE heart-rate-monitored interval training.” 

If it’s your first time, take note: The studio asks that you arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in and get set up for your HIIT workout. Form-fitting attire is recommended, as workouts are fast-paced.

HIIT by LAF is on offer up to five times each weekday at LA Fitness’ Norwalk and other locations. If you want to avoid a crowd, the 5:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. classes tend to be smaller, according to ClassPass data.

Learn more about its offerings by registering on ClassPass. You can also check out the studio on Instagram (hiitbylaf), Twitter and Facebook.

PRO-FIT 3 Circuit at PRO-FIT 3

17623 Ventura Blvd., Encino


PRO-FIT 3 Circuit’s format takes you through 11 stations, from warm-up to cool down. In between, expect upper- and lower-body workouts using weights, kettlebells and kickboxing techniques. 

The studio suggests you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled session, dressed in comfortable activewear and well-supported athletic shoes.

The 33-minute PRO-FIT 3 Circuit sessions run continuously beginning at 7 a.m. Less-crowded starting times include 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to ClassPass data.

To sign up, visit the ClassPass site, and check out the venue on Instagram (pro_fit_3) and Facebook.

HIIT Session at Ritual | The 30-Minute Gym

315 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica


A HIIT Session at Ritual uses free weights and bodyweight movements for strength training and cardio. On ClassPass, Ritual writes “The workouts vary daily in terms of the work-to-rest ratios, the order in which exercises are performed, and the overall intensity required. This means your body is always kept guessing and your progress never stagnates.”

Your class at Ritual comes with everything you’ll need for a workout, including workout clothes, drinking water, private showers and toiletries. Barefoot training is encouraged but not required, so you don't even need to bring shoes. 

First-time visitors should bring ID. Plan for 45-60 minutes on your initial visit; afterward, all classes run 30 minutes.

Sessions are offered a dozen times during the week, on the hour and half-hour. Off-peak times include 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You can browse and sign up at ClassPass. For more on the studio, see Instagram (ritualgym) and Facebook.

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