Updated: October 04, 2012

Going to a new gym always fills me with that new-school-year

excitement, and my first day at the Equinox in West Hollywood was no

different. I hit the treadmill, and while I walked I scanned the weight

room, mapping out my next workout.

I noticed my favorite Freemotion machine (I love doing chest flies on

it) and I spotted a sunny corner with mats where I can do all my

foam-roller stretches. I've got a way to go before this club feels as

homey as my old one, but it felt good to be back in a gym again.

On my way out the door, I picked up a class schedule and then spent

some time at home circling the ones I want to try. I can't wait to

check out Cardio Quickie, a half-hour class that 'incorporates simple,

fun, athletic moves that are easy to follow.' (I always loved taking

cardio classes, but I often feel like I spend most of the time trying

to figure out what the teacher is doing-so this class's description

sounds perfect to me.) There's also Totally Hip Yoga, a flowing yoga

class combined with 'an eclectic soundtrack'-I don't know about you,

but I find it so much easier to get into the groove of moving if

there's music playing. And I'm also going to try Buff Ballet Barre, a

one-hour sculpting class based on ballet moves. (You can actually try a

workout like this one at home-just check out 'The Fast Way to a Sleek,

Sexy Shape' in our December issue!)

What's your favorite new (or old standby) fitness class? Confession: I still love step aerobics.

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