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New Pasadena gym offers fun, hip workout

November 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
If you want to burn off the fat but don't subscribe to the "no pain no gain" theory, there's a new studio in Pasadena that embraces workouts that are actually fun.

There is no shortage of cool boutique exercise studios in Los Angeles, but this is no run-of-the-mill workout.

"What we needed was a place that people really wanted to come to, so we incorporate the live DJ with incredible trainers and energy," said Nicole Winnaman, founder of Rock It Workouts.

Not everyone wants a hard-core boot-camp-style workout. Winnaman wanted fun as a requirement for her Rock It Workouts studio.

"People come in here from 8 to 88, and so there's something for everybody," said Winnaman. "It's not competitive, it's just fun."

It's also a nod to the aerobic era, with many of the moves emulating those that once made Jane Fonda the queen of fitness.

"You're incorporating those isolated toning exercises that gets you the results that you're looking for long, lean bodies. So that's what's coming out of here. That's what women and men are looking for," said Winnaman.

Most the trainers have serious dance credentials. Micki Duran toured with both the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Demian Boergadine performed at the MTV Video Awards and danced in a Reba McEntire music video.

From bar, boxing, Pilates, core -- no matter what type of workout you take here, you're going to be starting with about 15 to 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity to rev you up. That's a great idea.

"It's a lot of of a change-up here: We use the bars, the little weights, the balls, the mats, even the ballet bar there, it gives you a different workout every single time, it's different," said Pasadena resident Aason Alms.

First month is $54, then $99 after that for unlimited classes. There's also a cool tea bar and hip boutique so you can look good and rock your workout.

"No matter what kind of day you're having, you get in and the energy's amazing and everybody gets into it," said Alms.

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