I NEVER write reviews but I stumbled upon the previous bad review and it is so wrong that I'm going to have to break my streak. I have been spinning for over 8 years, and I have spun with a lot of great instructors but, for me, like many others, Andrea stands alone. The workout is great, of course. But it's more than that. Andrea was a professional choreographer and dancer, and the ride always has its own rhythm, choreography and plan. If I remember correctly, she began spinning off the bike when she had an injury, and continues to do so, to all of our benefit. She will call you on it if you are screwing up physically, or, even more importantly, not in it mentally; those who get it, appreciate and benefit from that so much (perhaps the bizarrely bitter previous reviewer didn't appreciate or understand Andrea's constructive criticism; who knows, who cares). I still don't know how Andrea can tell if we're all thinking about something and not being mentally present in the class but she can, and, as a result, the ride is a great workout and, as Andrea says, a rock and roll meditation. I can go anywhere I want, as can the celebrities and professional athletes who hit Andrea's class regularly. But we go and so should anyone who wants a great workout to great music with some serious mental cleansing thrown in. p.s. I am not going to dignify the previous reviewers pathetic, patently untrue and unwarranted personal attacks against Andrea by rebutting each of them specifically. Suffice it to say, they reveal nothing except the sad, angry and ugly state of the soul of the writer.
Body Builders is a well-established gym in the Silverlake area of L.A. In fact, it's one of the few gyms in that area. To find another workout facility servicing Silverlake/Los Feliz/North Central L.A., you have to go to Burbank, Glendale or Hollywood. Body Builders is a great, no-nonsense gym. It's like Gold's without the exorbitant fees. They feature lots of free weights, padded mats for ab work, cardio equipment and some machines. There are two floors, with equipment divided by body area you work. The changing room on the first floor was remodeled, so it's good; but the second floor one is still a bit "rough." But it's no big deal. This gym doesn't have over-aggressive sales folks, big-time promotions or an array of classes. It's just a gym. And that suit me great. I want to attend a gym that's all about the workouts and not about the scene or the loud music. They offer various membership plans, with the most economical being a six-month membership at $199. That's pretty darn cheap w/o corporate sponsorship! Parking can be a real bear, as they are in a suite of small businesses on Hyperion and share a lot. But if you go during off hours, it's no big deal. There is also metered parking on the street and free parking about a block away.
I've been a member of Easton Gym for over seven years now. Not sure why I've waited so long to write a review. I love my gym but I do try and go during "off" hours to avoid any kind of crowd. Although, even when it's crowded, it's still not as bad as other crowded gyms. I can usually carve out a small space to do my workouts. I love it when there aren't classes in the upper room. This is my favorite spot to get the heart rate up - I can jump rope or ride one of the spin cycles. The staff is always friendly, (not to mention good looking :), and the space itself is always super-clean.