Fitness: Make a “U” Line For LA’s newest Barre+Pilates Fusion Workout

Success is liking yourself. Liking what you do. And Liking How You Do It. And so the walls read at Best U Studio in West Hollywood.

Body Language partnered up with Kiiyoshi Pure Beauty Blog and checked out a few classes when Kodi Kitchen and Nadine Levitt finally opened their long-awaited studio in the Fairfax District in West Hollywood. A cardio fusion of dance, barre and pilates- taught by a mix of formally trained dancers, pilates experts, happy people AND Pinterest-worthy INSPO all over the walls? COUNT. US. IN.

Kodi Kitchen and Nadine Levitt founded Best U Studios in March of 2014. Friends for eight years, Kodi and Nadine found an abundance of workouts in Los Angeles, but an absence of the specific mind, soul and body workout that they craved. Together they wanted to create a space that allowed for guests to be the best version of themselves. Long, lean, strong, confident and most importantly HAPPY.

Let me explain why I’m stressing the word HAPPY here. To be clear, I’m not really a group class type of girl. I’ve always felt people were too serious, robotic and not seemingly happy to be in a class, so I’ve always steered clear from group fitness. But: Kodi and Best U have managed to make me a believer. Upbeat music, smiling regulars and a friendly staff that gave us personal attention and adjustment no matter how big or small the class got. I mean- those are all quick dopamine boosters, if you ask me.

But did I mention no other studio has U-bars? Yes, you can only get it here, folks. For now. (Word on the street is that they’re developing an at home system that you can rock to even if you don’t live in LA or the surrounding areas).

Best U incorporates a patented U-Bar workout weight (especially designed by Kodi and Nadine), which is affixed to the wall for the Barre work and detaches for an added workout component. It comes in 4- and 8-pound weights (4 for me, please). The class also uses free weights to also focus on core strength and balance. What I loved about the experience was that Best U is a workout for everybody, (but focuses on women’s bodies,) and those pesky trouble areas that affect us all: arms, butts, and abs. But most importantly, it works on those areas with the core in mind. Great for weight loss, sculpting, and stamina building (which I could use, since the holiday eating has me gasping for air just trying to find which Parking Level I’m on at Century City Mall).

The deets: Classes are challenging, but all ages and levels of experience are welcome. No one is too young, too old, too skilled or not skilled enough. Individual classes are $20, with discounts available for multiple-class packages. Workout can be done in bare feet or grip socks. Towels provided.

Best U Studio is located at 931 North Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Call or visit the site for the class schedule.