Class: Dance Cardio
Work-out: dance cardio, abs and arms conditioning
Next day soreness: 1.5
Duration: 60 min
Sweat Level: Sweaty
Parking: metered street parking, 1 hr FREE parking @ 901 Hancock Ave. (Corner of Santa Monica Blvd.) Adjacent to Tender Greens $0.75/30 mins thereafter. Open weekdays 7:30am–2:30am Weekends 9:00am–2:30am, AFTER 6:00pm there is a flat fee of $6
Amenities: Mats and towels provided, water for purchase, free filtered tap water, lockers and showers
Requirements for class: Sneakers
I have literally been waiting and praying for the day that Body by Simone would pop up on ClassPass and now my prayers have been answered! I took my first class last night and it did not disappoint. It was exactly what I was expecting – about 40 minutes of dance cardio that consisted of 4 dances, one plié sequence (though this sequence can be push ups, squats, planks, etc. depending on the instructor), and one final song that mixed all four of the dances together. The last 10-15 min. of class consisted of arm toning with 3 pound weights and then ab work on the mat, followed by a stretch.
BBS is like a less crazy version of Tracy Anderson’s dance classes, which are INTENSE. What I liked about the BBS class is that the trainer tells you what the moves are so you can follow along more easily (the rule of TA is that there is no talking so you just watch and try to follow). There are a list of set dances that all the instructors do, so the more you go, the more you will get them down. This class reminded me of a slightly more manageable JJ Dancer class because there is a recovery sequence mixed into the 5 dance cardio songs. My trainer was Bridget and she made all the new students feel welcome and comfortable. And yes, we were wearing the same pants! 🙂
BBS also offers a trampoline cardio class, a full body class (that incorporates cardio into full body conditioning) and then a Hips, Thighs & Buns class that focuses on the lower part of the body. Can’t wait to try them all!