High Intensity Training in West Hollywood

MALLA Fitness

MALLA Fitness

I have Fitness ADD.  My consistent workout (3 days a week) is a personal circuit on the Whole Body Vibration machine followed by a 30 minute session in an Infra Red Jade Sauna with Jacob @fbe in West Hollywood.  I have lost 25 lbs and kept it off now for months.

But I always like to mix things up … add things in … try new things.  We have to stay challenged and in a town like West Hollywood, we have access to the latest, coolest workouts.

Enter MALLA.

It was a workout created by warriors in India, and then used by athletes in Europe.  Scientists got a hold of it, and perfected it.  And now it’s here.

I took a class at my old stomping ground Fitness Factory with founder (and fellow Filipina) Claire Wright from the UK.  There were 6 of us, on this pole apparatus going through the routine set to some very cool music.  Short bursts of high high intensity cardio bursts were interspersed with pole moves.  Pools of my sweat ended up on the platform that was holding up pole.    New muscles were sore … all in all, I really liked it and I can do ANYTHING for 30 minutes.  I love effective, 30 minute workouts like this. .

So get this – Claire is looking for New Recruits and Brand Ambassadors right now to help get the word out.  So if you are a Blogger or YouTubers, male or female and are based in LA and feel like taking on a 2 week challenge … leave a comment below!

Here’s to your summer bod –

Maxine @VanityGirl

P.S.  Will you be at WeHo Pride this weekend? If so, please look for me on the West Hollywood Chamber car — I think I feel like wearing a tiara to celebrate the launch of the new Eat Shop Play program … 


Three P’s in a Pod: FBE week 3


As in 3 Princesses in an infrared jade sauna Pod.

I’ve been enjoying my detox and workouts with Jacob so much over at Firm Body Evolution that I invited two of my gal pals along with me for a little session.  Between the laughter (poor Jacob, it was like herding cats) we managed to workout, get a tour, and detox.

Patty was laughing that balance on the Whole Body Vibration machine was a challenge.  It was so scary for me the first time, I kept feeling like I was going to fall off.  It’s like a Bosu Ball on steroids. But seriously, by the next workout …. I was way more comfortable and that fear of falling left.

Patty is a business blogger and spa junkie so she of course,

Loved the private zen feeling of the environment.  Feels very exclusive and the pods — super way to feel the final touch of a top of the line workout.” 

Mary Anne LOVES heat.  She is one of those people who will go sit in her hot car because she likes the heat so much.  She jokes that she is like a lizard on a rock.  In this case – she really was.  We all were.  The infrared jade saunas are like space pods, lined in jade stones.

She is a busy mom of two young girls and owns two companies with her husband, and she said:

I love how efficient the workout is! 30 minutes the workout is complete then in 30 more minutes detox and rejuvenation session is complete. Out the door feeling like I just spent 2 hours in the gym is awesome!”

As for me, I love all that and of course … location, location, location.  It’s very close to me (walking distance) and also housed with Pressed Juicery and Fresh Corn Grill so it’s like a little healthy West Hollywood vortex at the corner of Santa Monica and Westbourne.