Shang Gao


I know it’s only a 50-minute class, but it often feels like I’ve been working out for several hours after a class ends. The variations you get with this shirt-drenching, grunt-inducing workout are endless. That is what makes this workout strangely addictive. I have been a somewhat active person my whole life, but this is the first time I’ve found myself being extremely consistent with my fitness regimen, and even craving my next sweat session at (MDR)!

I recently traveled to Asia and met with my grandma for the first time in almost three years. She could barely recognize me and could not stop telling me how amazing I look. My mom also takes immense pride in my healthy appearance and brags to people about "this insane Pilates-on-steroids" workout that I do whenever someone comments how fit I look.

Although there hasn’t been much change on the scale, my body has definitely gotten tighter and more sculpted. Pants that fit two years ago now sit loose on my hips. Apart from that, I am a lot more energetic throughout the day, and that really helps me focus at my day job. Overall, I am a much happier person now than I was before.


Michelle G. Los Banos

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In the past 10 years, I have never found a workout that could motivate me to exercise consistently. It was only in the few months leading up to my move out west that I started trying to jog a couple of miles a week at a leisurely pace. I felt good about it, but I didn’t necessarily feel physically stronger.

I moved to Los Angeles from Washington, DC exactly three months ago and my first weekend in LA, I happened to pass by The Studio (MDR) on my jog back from the beach.  I decided to try The Studio—or “Strength Training Under Deliberate and Intense Oversight” as I lovingly refer to it—because the machines looked intriguing and the students using them appeared to be really feeling the burn! I knew immediately after taking Lindsay’s beginner class that the method and The Studio (MDR)’s team of incredible trainers were going to help me attain the physical strength I’d been searching for. My goal has always been to maintain my weight (since I love to eat and try out new restaurants!) and feel healthy and strong.

After three months of consistently hitting The Studio (MDR) three times a week, I feel stronger than I’ve felt since college when I was playing a club sport—almost 17 years ago! Last week I was shocked yet pleased when Dana happened to walk by and nonchalantly add an extra spring during my super crunch. My first thought was, “Hold on, what is she doing?” Then it was, “Oh yeah, I can do this!” I also realized recently that the two and a half gallon containers of water I carry from my car up to my apartment are feeling a little lighter these days. My once-snug skinny jeans and pencil skirts are fitting a little looser at the waist and hips, and my arms have more definition. I’ve seen a physical transformation in my body that I’ve never experienced from any other workout I’ve ever done whether it was team sports, jogging, dance or yoga.

Even better, I look forward to my (MDR) workouts and the amazing feeling I have afterward, and most importantly, I feel happy and energized because of them.  The Studio team welcomed me into their hot pink lacquered ceiling world with open arms and a positive attitude, and they challenge me each time to be a better, healthier, stronger, version of myself. For that I am deeply grateful.




Gia Hettish


I had been taking Pilates in El Segundo and the teacher that I liked the best had to stop teaching. She was the most challenging teacher at this particular studio, so I had to find a new studio. I decided to search in Marina del Rey instead of going that far south anymore. This is how I stumbled upon The Studio (MDR).

(MDR) makes my former classes look like Kindergarten and quite honestly, a waste of time and money. The classes at (MDR) whip you into shape like NOTHING else. I am so grateful to have found it. Now, I’m a complete addict. I have finally lost my kangaroo pooch (lower belly fat) that has been with me my entire life. I’m more solid and compact—no more jiggle or cellulite.

The people at The Studio (MDR) are all amazing as well. The teachers, the staff and the owners are warm and inviting. What a great group of people! Everyone is a joy to be around (and it smells so yummy in there, too), but as warm as everyone is, they all get down to business—and that business is getting you into the best shape of your life. They genuinely take pride in how you look and feel.

The classes are intense, but once you’re done, you feel such a sense of accomplishment. You are spent…but in a great way! I sleep the best after a class. I always feel great the next day because I slept so well the night before.   My concentration is better. The Studio (MDR) is the best medicine!


Jose Palencia


I have been coming to The Studio (MDR) for a little over a year and taking class at 6 a.m. has completely changed my day. When I take the early morning classes, it kicks off my day in a whole new light. I am energized throughout the day, I am engaged, focused and seem to get a high that lasts well into the afternoon. I never get sleepy at lunch anymore. It’s a huge boost for anything I do throughout the day.

I not only FEEL much more toned, not to mention much more comfortable with myself, but also I no longer have lower back pain. I spend a lot of time in my car and my office, but since I’ve started doing this workout, my lower back pain has completely subsided.



Nicole Collins


I was fortunate to have had an easy pregnancy and I was able to workout at The Studio (MDR) until a week before the babe came. The workouts kept me feeling so strong, and I have to admit that the baby is such a tough little warrior. I'm guessing she's feeling the impact of the classes, too! I'm not actually kidding; the doctors have actually told me the baby is really strong, and I credit The Studio (MDR) for it!

Life with the babe has been better than I ever could have imagined. I recovered so quickly and feel great and I can't wait to get back to my workouts at (MDR)!


Alexandra Schwartz


I loved working out at The Studio (MDR) during my pregnancy. As my body was changing, the workouts helped me feel strong and kept me balanced. It was really important to me to have a healthy pregnancy, and The Studio (MDR) played a huge role in helping me do that. Not only did I work hard for myself, I worked hard for my baby. All of these things helped me to bounce back really quickly to my pre-pregnancy body.

I absolutely love being a mom. Charlotte is now 2 months old and every day is a new milestone. Being a parent takes patience, hard work, energy, and love. You have to be physically and mentally strong to take care of your little one. All of the work that I put in to myself before giving birth has truly helped me through the hard times and wonderful times.