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Transformer of the Month: Sue Garber

When Sue started working out at The Studio (MDR), she wore a size 8 or 10. Now, she’s down to a 4 or 6 and feels better than ever. Here’s her story:

Tell us about life pre-The Studio (MDR).

I started working out here in March 2014 and weighed 138 pounds and went between a size 8 and 10. I had just joined a local gym and used the elliptical machine for cardio work and some free weights for arms twice a week. I also took yoga once a week. But when my son Jacob joined The Studio (MDR), he encouraged me to try it. I physically felt OK—but definitely not as good as I do now! I also spent hours at the gym but never got the results I see in my body these days.

Do you remember a specific moment that nudged you to go to class, or decide that it was finally time to make a change?

I saw a positive change in Jake, including his eating habits, and I wanted to do the same.

What were the first changes you noticed after the first few weeks of taking classes at The Studio (MDR)?

The first few weeks, I wasn't sure I noticed anything. But as I gave it more time, I noticed my waistline felt tighter, and I started feeling so much more energized. Visible changes started happening a few months later. And while I never imagined I’d ever say this, I definitely love being in a state of constant soreness. After about 6 to 8 months of working out at The Studio (MDR), awareness of what I was eating started to happen organically, and the pounds started to shed off almost effortlessly.

 OK, so it sounds like you’ve really cleaned up your diet.

Tremendously! I’ve come to learn that diet is key to maintaining the results these workouts give you. I now practice mindful eating as much as I can, but I also give myself permission to enjoy eating the things I truly love, without the guilt. I can honestly say that I enjoy food more than I've enjoyed it before.

What’s one pose that you used to hate but love now?

I used to feel nauseous when we would do the inner thigh exercises! Now my legs have become much stronger and tighter.

How far have you come from your starting point, both physically and mentally? And what are some of your new goals?

Physically, I feel much stronger all around. I love my waistline and I dress differently. I accentuate my arms and waist, even my legs and butt. I love how I feel after a great workout. My posture has improved and I carry myself with more confidence.  I never used to wear sleeveless shirts before. Now I love wearing tank tops to show off my arms. In addition to dropping from a size 8-10 to a size 4-6, I also lost 10 pounds—down to 128. It’s been great when friends notice the change in my appearance. But more importantly, my attitude has changed.

I feel so grateful for Lindsay, who is like a bright, positive light and who makes working out extra enjoyable with her awesome playlists. She shares her great energy consistently in each and every class—so much so that I always look forward to coming to class. Even if I had a bad day, I know The Studio (MDR) will make it all better.



2nd Annual Pink to Pink Walk

Congrats to our 2nd Annual PINK TO PINK Walkers! Last Sunday, The Studio (MDR) staff and so many of our amazing clients walked to prevent breast cancer—starting at The Studio (MDR) East and making our way to (MDR) West! All fundraising and contributions were raised and donated to A Vision of Health, a local organization that works to offer free mammograms and preventative nutrition advice to all areas of Los Angeles.

We are still taking donations until 10/31 at the front desks of all (MDR) locations, so if you’re feeling charitable, there’s still time to donate. Every dollar counts!



A Love Note From Lisa


The owner and CEO of The Studio (MDR), Lisa Hirsch, talks about the power of seeing the familiar through new eyes.

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting on a beach on the beautiful island of Maui and had this moment of feeling almost awe-struck. The water was stunning. The bright, warm sun was on its way toward setting. My love, Andy, was sitting next to me. And I was about to head back to our room to get gussied up to watch one of our friends get married. I had this moment of pure gratefulness—a feeling that this life I’m lucky enough to live is a great one, and that when you really open your eyes to all of the wonderful things around you, it can be almost overwhelming in the best possible way.

Cut to today, and I am so not sitting on a beach in Hawaii. I’m sitting at my computer and as I write this, that e-mail “ding” is going off every other second. Like all of you, I’ve got a to-do list that feels seriously ambitious and a full life that keeps me always on the go. Sometimes, that feeling of fullness puts me on edge a bit. But today, I’m trying something new. Remembering that beautiful trip to Hawaii—and that gorgeous marriage ceremony filled with big love, the most important thing in this world—I’m committing to looking at the everyday “stuff” that fills my life with new eyes. It’s what the Zen Buddhists call Shoshin, and it means having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions.

OK, so I know what you’re thinking. This is so much easier said than done. And I hear you on that front. But think about it for a moment: How many areas of your life do you just kind of go through the motions? I don’t mean that in a negative sense! I know there are times when going through the motions is very beneficial (like all of you amazing new moms out there, who sleepily shuffle into your baby’s room in the middle of the night for a feeding or to soothe your little one). But I challenge you to think of other times, say, when you just plow through your e-mail inbox on autopilot or you show up for a class at The Studio (MDR) and just kind of roll through the 50 moves in 50 minutes, your mind drifting elsewhere.

We’re all culprits. It’s human nature. Which is why today, I’m embracing that new, beginner’s mind attitude. I’m about to leave our house to head to work and I’m going to be more mindful on my drive, really drinking in the view of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean that I’m so blessed to see every day. I’m going to take a class at The Studio (MDR) and pretend it’s my first week on the Megaformer again, when I was filled with equal parts love and fear and awe, which made me concentrate like a champ. I’m going to look at all of you, clients I admire more than I can say, as if it’s opening day again. And my hope is that you all find ways to do the same.

From where I sit, all of you—our amazing clients and friends—are all role models. You’re putting in the work, you’re transforming your bodies, you’re showing up day in and day out with big, open hearts. You often inspire in me the same kind of awe I felt on that Hawaiian beach a few weeks ago, and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.

Big hug,




A Love Note From Lisa

The owner and CEO of The Studio (MDR), Lisa Hirsch, talks about the newest way she’s finding happiness … one stroke at a time.

Recently, on my usual walk around the neighborhood with Willie Meatball Nelson and Mabel (my adorable Brussels Griffins), I saw something that was just so sweet: two young girls leaning against a fence, cruiser bikes resting beside them as they ate ice pops. They looked so carefree and happy, and it instantly brought me back to the summers of my childhood, waiting for the Mr. Softee ice cream truck to pass my house while playing with my friends in the pool.

These days, the demands of work and life tend to keep me so busy that I rarely savor these simple summer joys. Who’s with me? When’s the last time that the thing that mattered most to you was how great your ice pop tasted on a warm summer day?

When I got home from my walk that day I decided to take a plunge—literally. I signed up for swimming lessons, hoping they’d infuse a little fun (and a big challenge) into my every day. I’m loving it more than I thought I would, and struggling as much as I anticipated (but that’s another story for another day!).

For starters, there’s something so meditative about the repetition of breath and movement. There’s so much for the mind to focus on—the strokes, the breathing, the kicking—that it’s almost impossible to let my brain wander to my insanely long list of to-dos. Then, there’s the silence. When you swim, you’re literally suspended under water for about half the time you’re doing it. No music. No talking. No listening to others talk. Diving into that silence after every breath feels like a gift each time, and it has helped me find a lot more peace even when I’m not in the pool.

Hopping back into the pool has also reminded me of an important lesson, and one that I think can help everyone—whether you feel like you’re in a great place or a bad one, whether you’re calm or stressed, feeling happy or sad: When you mix up your usual routine with something new, it can breathe new life into everything.

Each time I show up at the pool in Santa Monica to swim, so many metaphors for life end up presenting themselves. I need to learn how to breathe (master this in the water and you’ll absolutely be more conscious of your inhales and exhales on dry land). I need to slow down (when I first get into the pool, I pop into turbo-speed). And I need to find little moments to have just a little more fun (the amount of laughing at myself that I’ve done re-learning the breaststroke is a good start).

I’m going to wrap this up so I can hop on my beach cruiser and go get some ice cream on this beautiful summer day. But before I do, why not let your mind wander back to your most fun summer ever. Then, think about what you can do to infuse this summer with a little more joy. What are you going to do to remind yourself of how much fun is all around?

Big hug,



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Transformer of the Month: Karin Michonski

In just one year, this Warrior dropped 30 pounds and four dresses sizes. Even more remarkable, she’s gained strength, willpower and a self-confidence boost that’s totally changed the way she thinks about and lives her life. You have to read Karin’s story to believe it.

OK, can we just say that your before and after photos are totally WOW!?

I got emotional myself looking through those photos! I too was super unhappy prior to taking classes at The Studio (MDR). I actually cried my eyes out right after trying on the dress in my “before” picture. It was a size 12 and wouldn't close in the back. It’s funny, now that I can put on a pair of shorts or size 8 jeans I’m like, “Yea that’s me!” But it wasn’t until I started looking through photos of myself for this newsletter that I truly realized what a difference the workout has made!

Take us back to the beginning. How’d you find us, and what was your first class like?

I actually live down the block from The Studio (MDR) and for maybe a year or so, I was really tempted to check it out. However, it took me a while to finally walk through the door because the workout looked like it was out of my range of capabilities. I thought, “Oh man, everyone in there is already in shape and I wouldn’t be able to keep up.” When I mentioned the studio to a neighbor and suggested we try it out for a week, she ended up going while I was out of town! Then, it was her convincing me to give it a shot. It certainly helped getting that little nudge, but after meeting Dana (my first instructor) and seeing that everyone in class was, like me, essentially looking to be a better them, I found the inner courage to see it through.

In that first class, I totally felt like I was going to fall off the machine! Afterwards, I joked with Dana that I can do lunges and crunches and she laughed and said something like, “Oh, there’s a lot more to this than lunges!” My girlfriend told me to take two Advil before bed and wished me luck trying to sit on the toilet the next morning. She was right! I remember being sore everywhere—I felt muscles I’ve never felt before and didn’t even knew existed. And that’s when I was hooked. I thought, “If I can feel parts of my body I have never felt before, I will be ripped if I stick with this!”

What were your initial goals?

In the past, I was always in shape and an athlete (I was captain of my high school varsity basketball team). I didn’t even know what calories were until after I graduated college! I never needed to work out because I had a super fast metabolism and could eat anything and still look good. But, life happened, I got lazy and went through a very stressful time before moving out here from New York City. When I first started working out at The Studio (MDR), I was in a bad place emotionally and physically. I had stopped taking care of myself and was so weak physically. It was also hard to leave the house because I didn’t have clothes that fit and I really didn’t feel confident. I was up to 180 pounds and a size 14, if not more. (At some point I stopped wearing actual sizes and lived in men’s basketball shorts and big t-shirts—not exactly the SoCal vision I had in mind for myself!) I even remember calling my Mom crying, telling her that I just wanted to shop in the “regular” sized clothes sections of the stores. I knew that at just under 5’11”, a size 8 and about 150 pounds was where I needed to be. So, my goals when I started taking classes included tightening, strengthening, and getting that sick SoCal body you see on so many women here, both young and old! I had simple goals: I wanted to wear a tank top again, show off my long legs, and wear skirts, shorts and dresses without covering all of the yucky parts.

A turning point for me was being asked to be maid of honor at my little cousin’s wedding in Poland. I hadn’t actually seen my cousins in 18 years after spending every summer with them on my Grandma’s farm in Poland. So, as excited as I was to go, I knew I wasn’t looking my best. I booked the plane tickets and bought a pretty dress—a stretchy size 12 that concealed just the right spots—and off I went. It was wonderful seeing all of my family again, reuniting with everyone and participating in the wedding day. But I also decided that day that I would come back to Poland a year later—better, stronger, leaner, and feeling more awesome.

What was the first big goal you achieved that gave you some major wind in your sails?

Buying jeans…with a zipper and button…and in an actual size for that trip to Poland I promised myself a year later. This was about 2 and a half months into consistent training. When I really starting noticing a transformation was when I was confident enough to clean out and donate all of my “big clothes” and redo my closet with things I had been saving from my skinny days as well as some new clothes I had to buy. When people started noticing that I had become leaner and more toned, it was even more motivation to keep going.

When did you become an official Studio (MDR) convert?

I knew I had become an (MDR) junkie and a legit bad ass when the 12 p.m. advanced clients were seated on the bench awaiting their turn to begin class and Mary had us holding a leaning long jump on the front of the machine. My left leg started failing on me—real bad—and I remember just pumping my arms behind me and staring straight ahead of me, channeling my inner monster and making it a whole minute until Mary counted down to “1”.  The looks on the advanced clients’ faces said it all. One woman came up to me afterwards and told me she had never seen someone fight through the fail the way I had…that most people give up. I biked home afterwards with the cheesiest grin the neighborhood has probably seen. (Actually, it is Venice, so maybe that cheesy grin wasn’t so weird!)

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give a Studio (MDR) newbie?

JUST. DO. IT. Don’t wait for the “right time.” There is no such thing. TODAY is your day! Kick today’s ass with a giant spoon and a side of scrambled eggs.

How far have you come since that first class—and what are your new goals?

A year after my first class (give or take a month or two when I was traveling) and I can plank to pike successfully on the back of the machine. It is not easy for a 5’11” chica to fold in half. And now, I can say that I can. As for my new goals, I’m aiming to take my leaner, stronger body to the next level by being even stronger, even leaner, and maybe even taking a 5.0 class. I’d like to bang out the plank/pushup/saw interval without stopping. I want to be fitter than I have ever been in my entire life as an adult.

How have your workouts and the community here affected you in bigger ways than you imagined when you first signed up? 

This is what I’m most grateful for: I wake up with a purpose every day and a zest to try new things and do cool stuff that I was too scared and embarrassed to do just a year ago. I’m more positive. I smile more. I have awesome new friends that I’ve met through The Studio (MDR). Every time I go to class I’m surrounded by people with the same goals in mind, and that sense of community is what keeps me going. Getting a hi-five from Lindsay or Mary at the end of class means so much to me (corny, I know). But having an athletic background, I yearn for positive reinforcement and I get just that! I’ll never forget being just about a month into my workouts here and Mary said, ‘There you go….now you get it.” I can honestly tell you that I will keep trying to “go get it” at The Studio (MDR) until I am physically unable to walk. I’m officially a lifer.

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Congratulations Rachelle Fleischman!

Six months before her wedding, Rachelle started taking classes three to four times a week to get ready, and she says it helped her get the leanest she’s ever been in her life for her big day.

“I used to be a competitive gymnast and until I found The Studio (MDR), I haven’t taken an exercise class for longer than the one-month trial in the last seven years! I did work on my diet as well and thanks to Lindsey, and Mary, I loved coming to class in the mornings. I pushed myself to stick to a regular workout schedule and on my wedding day, I weighed less than I did in high school.”

We’re so proud of you Rachelle, and love that you’re still hitting the Megaformer even now that you’re back from your honeymoon!



The Ultimate Guide to De-Funkifying Your Workout Gear

It happens to the best of us. Those yoga pants, tanks and even ToeSox start to REEK after a while! Before you feel all bad about your smelly self, understand this: It’s actually pretty normal. You know how the material your workout clothes are made of is designed to keep you sweat-free? Well, stick it in the washing machine and it’s also resistant to that water, making it tough for suds to penetrate the fabric and get it smelling squeaky clean. What’s more (and slightly grosser), the body oils that seep out of your pores when you sweat—in addition to a buildup of detergent on your Lycra and Spandex—further contributes to water and suds not being able to penetrate the fabric.

So, what’s a self-conscious sweat-soaked (MDR)’r supposed to do? Follow this simple advice for workout gear that smells just as fresh as the day you toted them home:

  • Never use fabric softener. When you’re washing synthetic materials (read: all of your wicking workout gear), fabric softener leaves behind a film that’ll forever prevent your clothes from getting clean.
  • Use less detergent than you think you need. Sounds crazy. The more your clothes stink, the more suds you need, right? Wrong. More detergent also causes a buildup, coating your Lycra and Spandex with a film that’ll make it even tougher for water to penetrate.
  • Run your gear through a wash cycle with no soap. This can help remove any detergent or fabric softener buildup that’s already there.
  • Line dry, or use low heat. While your go-to high-heat cycle may dry your clothes fast, it also bakes in the stink.
  • Try the vinegar trick. Followed the advice above and still dealing with funky-smelling little black yoga pants? Pre-soak in a sink filled with cold water and 1 cup white vinegar for 15 minutes, then launder as usual. Trying to eliminate serious stink? Go ahead and pour two cups of white vinegar in there.



(MDR) Trainers’ Perfect Summer Day

Need a little inspiration for your next Sunday Funday? Here’s how The Studio (MDR) trainers spend an ideal day off:

Mary Miller My perfect summer day? It’s a Saturday, my day off! I would wake up and ride my bike to The Studio (MDR) West and take Lindsay’s class. Then, I’d meet my friends for a yummy brunch before posting up at the beach all day long. After some sun, swimming in the ocean, and hanging with my friends, I’d ride my bike home just in time for a beautiful sunset and then BBQ at home with everyone!

Melissa Kusack I’d wake up and work out of course! Then, I’d take a bike ride along the beach with my boyfriend, Drew. We’d meet up with friends, play catch in the sand and cool off in the ocean. Then, a stop at Whole Foods for some yummy and healthy picks to grill for dinner would end my idea of a perfect summer day. I am all about living each day to the fullest. I walk out everyday seeing the palm trees and the water and can’t believe this is my life! (Can you tell it’s my first summer in LA?!)

Olivia Chaniewski I’d start off by sleeping in. Then, I’d make a simple breakfast, either a smoothie or oatmeal, and then find my way to my favorite beach: Playa del Rey. My first order of business would be to go for a nice long sand run. I would spend a good portion of the day relaxing and enjoying the beach while listening to my “Drift” playlist on Spotify. I would end up at The Studio (MDR) to get an amazing workout and get my endorphins going on full blast! I'd snack on my favorite Quest Bar (mint chocolate chip) and some trail mix somewhere in between. Once I got home and cleaned up I would grab dinner with friends somewhere around my neck of the woods in Los Feliz. I like Home Cafe or The Alcove. I would end the night by attending either a live concert at a small venue like the Troubadour or The Fonda or by seeing an amazing live improv show at the Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Albina Katsman A perfect summer LA day for me is waking up at 7 a.m. and taking a sweaty and juicy class at The Studio (MDR) with any of the fantastic teachers that we have. Then, I’d come home and read a great script with influential characters that prompted me to learn something new. Some fresh strawberries, mangos, and apples make the perfect fruity summer salad breakfast. Heading to the beach with a fun crowd and some chill tunes to listen to is the best way to spend a day off. All of my friends are so interesting and have a lot going on in their lives, so I am sure some deep conversations will occur that will help me connect with the others that are around me—and who knows, maybe I'll even make a new friend? To end the day, I’d have a delicious steak salad prepared by my boyfriend and then we’d spend the night in watching Orange is the New Black!

Natalya B. I’d sleep in until 11 a.m. (haha, yes!). Then, I’d get a good workout either at The Studio (MDR) or the gym where I live. I’d follow that up with a good lunch at Hosteria del Piccolo in Santa Monica where I’d order the veggie soup (healthy!) and the spaghetti with lentils (it’s a cheat day of course!). At night I might catch a movie at ArcLight Cinemas Beach Cities!

Stephanie I’d teach and then take an early (MDR) class. Then, I’d swim and lay out for the rest of the day at the pool with the kids, followed by Dad’s BBQ in the evening.

Casey Palazzo I would start with a morning run on the bike path by the beach (hopefully it would be overcast!) and would squeeze in a (MDR) work out of course. I would then head to Griffith park with my dogs, Harley Dutch and Aurora Bass, for a quiet hike to my secret spot where I get no phone service. I’d spend a little time up there reflecting and might even read a book for a little while. For dinner I would go to Hugo’s on Santa Monica, which is literally the only place I like to eat out. If I could have any scenario, I would go to a concert at night somewhere outdoors (maybe the Hollywood Bowl). The lineup? Britney Spears, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Beyonce/ Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake (a girl can dream can't she!?)

Dana Goodman It's pretty such summer weather all year here in LA, however during the summer I love a great morning workout followed by a protein shake from Earth Bar, then brunch with my family or friends (I love trying the newest restaurants), and then either heading to the pool or to the beach for a little while. I love a great nighttime sunset at the beach especially during the summer because it still usually cools down at night.

Lindsay Hallam My perfect summer day would include waking up to the sunshine instead of an alarm, having brunch by the water with friends and an afternoon hike up to a clear, smog-free view of the city!

Yumi Sugai Summer days in LA are my absolute favorite!  My perfect day would start before the sun—I love mornings! I’d take a sunrise hike or a run along the beach with my puppy Shaq and have a Black Gold drip from Groundwork Coffee on my way back. Next would be a stroll through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market tasting every piece of fruit in season!  The view that comes with brunch at the Huntley is absolutely breathtaking, and I’d order a Bloody (extra spicy and extra celery—I like a salad in there!) and their black truffle omelet (it’s to die for!). If I can squeeze a workout in at The Studio (MDR) that would pretty much complete my perfect day, ending with a BBQ or a home cooked meal and maybe a walk along the beach. I can not get enough of those summer sunsets!



The $189 "Bring A Friend Special" extended through July 7th!

Here are the details:

1. New client must be brand new, have only tried one of the intro specials, or hasn't taken a class in at least 4 months.

2. Email to redeem.

3. Existing client with monthly membership can apply the deal to their next month.

4. New clients membership must be purchased by July 7th, 2015.



We have a winner!

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We'd like to congratulate Mayra White as the most inspirational entry in our Mission: Possible contest.

Mayra has raised two wonderful children with her husband, and decided she finally had a chance to devote quality time to herself - at The Studio (MDR). A pre-Type 2 diabetic, Mayra has a milestone birthday coming up and realized she needed to take control of her health once and for all. But most touching about her entry is her desire for her husband Brian to experience the same kind of transformation, so they can live a long and healthy life together.

Said, Mayra, "If I won this private one on one, I think I would ask to please give it to my husband." We're so impressed with Mayra (who has already lost 10 pounds since starting the MDR workout), we've decided that her prize will be a tandem session - husband and wife!

Congratulations, Mayra, and keep up the good work!



PLANK WITH MOM at The Studio (MDR) West

11206027_849677091767012_5563353074390926304_n We're celebrating Moms this Saturday (1:00pm) with a special afternoon class designed with Mom in mind! Register in advance online or at our WEST location. Expect low impact, low intensity, but lots of fun in this special Saturday class. Bring Mom along for a complimentary workout and the start of a Happy Mother's Day weekend! (16 Years Old +)



Paleta Pressed Pro 3 now available exclusively at The Studio (MDR).


The Studio (MDR) workout takes it out of you.

Now, Paleta Pressed Pro (P3) helps you put it back and recover from that killer #Megaformer experience.

Created exclusively for The Studio (MDR), our awesome friends at #Paleta have packed 35 grams of protein into their Vanilla Bean for a one of a kind post-workout shake. Vanilla Bean Pressed Pro is only available at The Studio (MDR) in limited quantities - grab one from the fridge today!



The Studio (MDR) adds 7 new dynamic‪#‎LagreeMethod‬ trainers to their already All-Star line up!

Are you ready to mix it up? The Studio (MDR) adds 7 new dynamic‪#‎LagreeMethod‬ trainers to their already All-Star line up! 1492217_815492271852161_8445189600097261983_o

Come kick off your (MDR) Monday today at 4PM & 5PM at East with an intense ALL LEVELS class with our kind, charismatic and oh so funny - Olivia Chaniewski

Make sure you check out the full schedule with the magnificent 7 right here:



TWENTY NEW CLASSES to LookIt + FeelIt + LiveIt®!


Our hot new team of Studio (MDR) teachers are front and center this week with brand new ALL LEVELS classes now on our daily schedule! 

Yumi is the most fierce med student you'll ever find on a #Megaformer, and she's kicking off Monday and Wednesday mornings with our new 5:00am classes at (MDR) EAST. Plus we've added a new bed at East - a spot open for you?? Find the full schedule at:

#LookItFeelItLiveIt(R) #TheStudioMDR #LagreeFitness 



Now that our second location is almost open, we want to offer some pretty awesome Pre-Opening Specials, to get you even more excited to give (MDR) East a try!

ALL ACCESS monthly unlimited for $189

Choosing this membership allows you to take classes at BOTH studios for one month only! After your month has finished you will be able to choose from our new membership options listed below.

BRING A FRIEND all access monthly unlimited for $169

Bring in a friend who is a new client and you BOTH get an ALL ACCESS monthly membership for only $169! After your months have finished, you will be able to choose from our new membership options listed below.

* If you do not wish to take advantage of our promotional offers, and would like to stay at (MDR) West, you may keep your current monthly pricing as long as you don't cancel or pause your monthly autopay. * Memberships no longer require a 3 month commitment. * These promotional packages are available through September 30th. Please contact to redeem.

Class Packages

- Class package pricing will not change and will be valid at BOTH locations.

Monthly Unlimited Memberships

- $229 for a single studio monthly membership - $249 for an ALL ACCESS monthly membership


October Schedule

- The October Schedule (see below) will be posted Sunday September 28th at 7pm for (MDR) West and 7:15pm for (MDR) East.

- We are excited to announce a new class called  BARE ESSENTIALS. This class is taught by Dana on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5pm. Here's the description:
With the intention to build strength and increase flexibility, the routine is designed to help you master the mechanics of the essential Lagree movements. Don't be fooled by the name, Bare Essentials 2.0 is without a doubt a shirt drenching work out, however, there is more attention to spine alignment, hip placement and overall core stabilization. This class is a great way to experience a full 50 minute (MDR) workout that empowers you with knowledge of the fundamental technique to unlock your ultimate potential and lead you with confidence to ALL LEVELS 3.0 and eventually ADVANCED 5.0 classes.

Please let us know if you have further questions and we look forward to seeing you at (MDR) East!

Look it + Feel it + Live it,
The Studio (MDR) Team
(424) 228-4265
frontDesk@theStudioMDR.comKeep an eye out for our Playa Vista location coming in early 2015!



Look it + Feel it + Live it

LOOK IT!Kathryn Romeyn

The four classes I take weekly at The Studio (MDR) are truly the entire reason I look the way I do. (After all, the pizza and wine I consume on a very regular basis certainly don’t turn into muscle!) I have the wonderful, inspiring, sweat-inducing, tough-as-nails (MDR) staff to thank for kicking my ass into shape. Since I started, I have probably lost about 15 pounds (and definitely added muscle) and two jeans sizes. My style has also changed; I’ve noticed what I used to buy was sometimes slightly shapeless or oversized and now I will wear a crop top, short cutoffs or a bikini without feeling self-conscious. More than anything, these workouts have made me feel not only physically but mentally strong—strong enough to take on or deal with anything that comes my way. I love the way my body keeps changing and getting stronger, and that fuels my addiction and devotion to (MDR)!

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Eric Maldin

The classes at (MDR) are the hardest 50 minutes I've ever put myself through, so the results come hand in hand with being dedicated and forcing yourself to show up at least 3-4 times a week. A friend sent me a picture of myself from last year, and it really opened my eyes to see what a porker I was. While I have never really been one to step on a scale or measure my waist, I do know that my pants feel a little bigger than they used to and I have twice the energy than I did before getting on such a regimented workout schedule.



Cara Swann

I first came to the studio six months after trying to recover from a back injury (herniated disc) and felt a 180-degree difference after just four classes. This is no joke. I had done everything possible to try and "fix" my back—it was absurd. I had no idea how much this studio would change my life. I have been active my entire life and have always been involved in some sort of sport, whether with a team or individually or just for fun. Volleyball, softball, swimming, surfing, paddling, rafting … nothing has affected me like the studio. Every workout is difficult and humbling and makes me sweat like nobody's business, but I love it.

Cara Swann

Larry Cook

I began going to The Studio (MDR) again in April, 2014, and I was determined to stick with it three times a week, even when my demanding work schedule got crazy. I'm happy to say that, for the most part, I've been able to stick to the workouts and I certainly feel a difference. For starters, I've lost 10 pounds and my belt buckles are now two notches tighter. I also find that I can hold the various poses and exercises longer, and with better form. I've had a couple close friends tell me that they see a difference in me, especially with more definition in my legs, arms and abs. I’ve also noticed that I walk more upright, and that translates into more confidence. Every single class I take is an accomplishment, because as we all know, it's hard work! Thank you, (MDR) and Mary Miller for helping me achieve my goals for a better-toned and great-feeling body!

Larry Cook


Elijah Allan- Blitz

Hearing the phrase "Posture is power" changed the way I move in my body. I realized that if all of my movements originate from my spine, everything is in alignment with itself and I begin to "move from the inside out." As an actor, I literally am my instrument. My body is my mind physically manifesting itself and (MDR) is the tool I use most to keep it in tune. It's not just about "being in shape," it's about everything working in harmony. From what I eat to what I say and even how I enter a room, that's the constant invitation I get from my work at The Studio (MDR) to look it, feel it, and live it.

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Steven and Shane Davis

Working out at The Studio (MDR) together is an amazing way to spend time with each other doing something that's out of our usual routine. The classes are physically and mentally challenging, and it feels good to struggle through them together. Being pushed together by the MDR teachers helps us feel more connected to each other outside the studio.