May Most Valuable Burner - Mitch Hyatt

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Congratulation to our May MVB Mitch Hyatt! Mitch has been coming in since February 6, 2017, taking his first class with Nick. Over the past two years he’s taken a total of 425 classes with 19 different trainers. Talk about the ultimate levels of dedication, Mitch is ready to come in and conquer class at all times! His hard work shows strong, and we can’t wait to see him hit more goals moving into the rest of 2019.

We sat down with our winner to ask him some questions about his time hitting goals at Burn 60:

MITCH’s Responses:

Tell us about your first class with Nick?

My first class kicked my ass just like every class still does. Nick’s upbeat attitude and great music kept me wanting to come back.

Do you have a favorite instructor and/or class?

Favorite instructors are Nick, Keith & Kasseem so any time they’re teaching I’m excited to be in class.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Love sprinting and upper body. Least favorite would probably be split squats.

What do you love most about Burn 60 and what keeps you coming back?

I keep coming back because I know I’ll always have an amazing workout and feel great when it’s done.

What has been your greatest accomplishment in-studio?

Sprinting.

What is your favorite motivational fitness quote?

So many of them but one that has helps me a lot is “you can do anything for 60 seconds.”

Some quotes from HIS trainers:

“A staple participant in the 8:15 class. Mitch is a great guy and always willing to try any suggested floor movement or run! Love having him in class." - Nelly

"Mitch is one of a kind. He’s worked his ass off to better himself, progressing physically and mentally. I’m happy to now call him one of my close friends." - Nick

“Mitch is an excellent athlete and I love having him in my Burn60 classes!  My only problem with him is that he looks younger than me and has better style.” - Keith

Run To Remember Recap

Last Sunday, 6000+ participants including 3000 police officers, firefighters and active duty military personnel from 180 Departments nationwide, surviving family members from police and fire departments and 25 members of the Burn Family completed the 4th Annual Run To Remember at Westfield/Century City. We had runners completing a 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon.

Our very own Burn client Elex Michaelson (5p+10p Anchor of Fox News) was the Master of Ceremonies. Elex welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief of Police Mike Moore, and the entire Command staff who were walking in solidarity -  each carrying a flag to honor every fallen first responder who lost their life in the line of duty in 2018.

I wish you could have been there. The race was filled with emotion, meaning, gratitude.  There was an outpouring of honor and respect. Every runner took pride in their pursuit; you could see it in their faces and feel the passion in the air. All the participants - ranging from ages 4 to 95 - had a different reason to run this race- to honor and remember the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.  It is a privilege to be able to recognize these men and women and offer tribute to them and the surviving families. Looking across the street filled with a sea of people, it brought tears to my eyes.

At Burn 60, we were honored to sponsor of Run To Remember.  A huge shout and thanks to our amazing team of Burn Racers: Samantha Ginsburg, Galit, Gurman, Carly Cohen, Tonie, Stephan, Jon Azulay, Kyle Montalto, Youli Zheng, Lizzie Harari, Monique and Taylor Holden, Samantha Ginsburg, Belle, Angel, Shelby Davis, Tracy Kim, Emily Plotkin, Ashley Murdock, Denise Oh, Annie Otturo, Michael Ritorto, Kelsey Price, Austin Dutera, Becky and Joe Burns,Cesar Ramos, Jose Estrada,  Andrew Hernandez, Rachel Sanchez, Kris Cueva, Alex Cueva and their Dad Juan Cueva. And Elex Michaelson jumped off the stage and ran the 5k after he sounded the starting horn. (Please forgive me if I missed anyone.)  

I had the privilege of running alongside Commander Alan Hamilton - Valley Bureau. Commander Hamilton was dressed in full uniform carrying a flag honoring Officer Conrad Gary from Chicago, IL. who died December 17, 2018.  As we ran through the back lot of Fox Studios, the fence was lined with posters of every fallen first responder in 2018. Commander Hamilton stopped and showed me the name of one of his partners who was killed in the line of duty. I took a moment to honor his memory. With mixed emotions, I was proud to continue down the road of names and faces paying tribute to these men and women who lost their lives…. protecting us.  I was proud that we were continuing to honor their lives and their families. They would never be forgotten.

Special thanks to our Race Director, Mark Kirunchyk, Officer Jonny C. my husband (who is also a police officer. ) With out them, this race would not be possible.


March Most Valuable Burners - Josh Shokri + Jonathan Parzivand

Recognize these intense Burners? If you train with any regularity at 6a or 7a, you know Josh and Johnny. These 2 rock stars are religious about their morning workouts and always give 100%. They are often found competing with one another on the tread trying to be the first to hit a 15.0.  Their enthusiasm is contagious. Here are some fun facts about this dynamic duo: Josh kicked off his relationship with Burn in 2016 with Keith. Today, he can often be found at 6:00a arguing with Liam. Josh makes Burn a priority approximately a minimum of 3x a week. Johnny has attended over 354 classes over the last 2 years averaging 15 classes a month or 4 classes a week in Brentwood. 

In 2019, this terrific twosome have already logged in 20 classes together. Individually, Josh has taken 46 classes and Johnny has taken 53. I wonder if they are competing for the most classes in 2019?

We sat down with our winners to ask them some questions about their time hitting goals at Burn 60:

Johnny’s Responses:

Tell us about your first class at Burn 60. How did you feel after it?

My first class at Burn 60 was about two years ago, an Elite Burn with Liam I believe. I was so terrified, but somehow I made it out alive and all I can remember is I couldn’t get out of bed the next morning. I was so sore, everything hurt.

Do you have a favorite instructor or class?

My favorite instructor has to be Liam, and his 6a Elite Burn. Never have I had one class or one instructor bully me so much or push me to my limits the way Liam has and being the competitive person that I am, I love it!

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My least favorite exercise has to be jump lunges. They are excruciatingly painful for me.

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

My favorite part about Burn is the challenge of meeting every milestone for every exercise and the atmosphere of a competitive group workout. You surround yourself with motivation between great instructors and of course always push yourself to become better.

What has been your greatest accomplishment inside the studio?

My greatest accomplishment is beating Shokri every class, JK. Spiriting at 15.0 MPH and being able to do a 2:34 half mile. However overall, I would say losing 27 lbs since I began training at Burn 60 while leaning out and adding muscle at the same time.

What is your favorite motivational fitness quote?

“ 'Working Out' and ‘Training’ are connected, but also completely different things. You need to Work Out and Learn before you can Train. “ - Liam

Josh’s Responses:

Tell us about your first class at Burn 60. How did you feel after it?

My memory is so horrible that I can't remember that far back. But, I can tell you after every Burn class, I feel like I did enough cardio for the day.

Do you have a favorite instructor or class?

My favorite class is the Elite Burn by far. It's short and super high intensity.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My favorite is short sprints, .10, .15, + .20.

My least favorite is leg exercises on the floor since I have the worst knees in the game.

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

It's always consistent. You know you will burn at least 500-800 calories depending on the class and the instructor. I keep coming back because I hate cardio! Burn makes it easy.
What has been your greatest accomplishment inside the studio?

It would for sure be holding a 15 mph for a minute and 5 seconds while Johnny was screaming and calling me a bitch.

What is your favorite motivational fitness quote?

Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.

Some quotes from their trainers:

"15 is the new 12.5." - Andrew

"The bun and the beard." - Kasseem

"There is no competition between Parzivand and Shokri. One of them wins everything every time." - Liam

"100% deserve MVB. These two guys bring it every time. It’s been great working with them. Got nothing but love for these cats." - Nick

"Some of us are better at running, then there is the floor work." - Kris

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Burn To Remember - Recap

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“Look up!  Listen! Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t walk around staring down at your phone!”

These are just a few of the words that resonated during our self-defense and combat training with Krav Maga expert Amir Perets and Seal Team 6 Dev Operator + Founder of Dynamis Alliance, Dom Raso.  Burn To Remember was the our March charity as we gear up for Run To Remember on Sunday, April 7 beginning at Century City. The course takes you through the iconic streets of Beverly Hills ending behind the scenes at Fox Studios.  

Burn 60 is proud to be the lead sponsor in the 4th annual Run To Remember race, paying tribute to fallen first responders and military. Thank you to the Burn Family who participated in Burn To Remember. We were joined by 25 kids from Watts who are part of our 10K with a Cop Program. 10K with a Cop helps build a relationship between law enforcement and the community, teaching kids the importance of goal setting and self-discipline. Our program is now in cities across America helping children understand the importance of physical activity. Empowering them with confidence, dedication, and discipline that will help them grow to be productive citizens. Everyone learned life-saving skills and tactics to protect themselves from threats in everyday life. Be warned- anything can happen to anyone at any time.

Thanks to our generous supporters and participants, we raised $25,000 allowing us to provide 500 race registration fees to our local 10K with a Cop kids and their police mentors.

At Burn 60, we believe every day is an opportunity to improve the lives around us.  That’s why we have an ongoing philanthropic program called Burn for Good which raises funds and awareness for causes close to our hearts each month of the year.  

Join Us! There is still time to become part of the Burn 60 team and participate in the 5k, 10k or ½ Marathon run. Run To Remember is filled with emotion, meaning, and gratitude. Last year, we had over 5,500 participants running with a purpose. Over 2,000 officers and first responders from across the globe participated to honor their family, friends and partners who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Give Back! If you couldn’t attend, but want to make a contribution to support the men and women who are on the line protecting us every day click here. Every dollar makes a difference.

Love, Sweat + Cheers,

Janet


Run To Remember 2019: A Chat With the Team Coaches

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How did you get into running 5Ks/10ks/Half Marathons?

Andrew: When I was young I ran my first distance race and I remember thinking - this is really hard - but it was so much fun and exhilarating. The challenge of setting a goal and achieving it meant a lot to me.

Kris: I started running 10Ks, half marathons, and full marathons because of my father, a 32 year Los Angeles Marathon Legacy runner. My father received that title because of his incredible commitment to the Los Angeles Marathon, completing every LA Marathon up to date. 

What are your training tips for long distance runs?

Andrew: My advice is first to train for it. That way you can listen to your body and understand and enjoy the run. Go out slower than you think. Pace yourself Constantly hydrate. Add in a secret weapon: gummy bears and/or electrolytes.

Kris: My greatest tip for running long distance is to start by gradually increasing your miles every week. I would not advise going out the first time and attempting to run six miles if you have never done this before. Start with 2-3 miles, and increase your run by 1 mile every week or two depending on how you are feeling.

 

What has your past experience with Run to Remember? Why do you participate in it?

Andrew: I warmed up everyone to Run to Remember and it was an honor to salute the first responders and everyone who supports them. And my students who ran the race - crushed it!

Kris: I have completed the “Run To Remember” twice now and have truly enjoyed them. I ran with friends and family and had incredible support from the community. Not to mention, It’s always inspiring to see all of our troops running in full uniform

 
 

Trainer Spotlight: Amanda Butler

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Where are you originally from? 

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where my dad was stationed in the military and spent a few years in San Diego, CA but the majority of my life was spent in Warrensburg, MO.

What inspired you to become a trainer? 

My passion for health and wellness initially pushed me to become a spin instructor three years ago. It is so rewarding to help people break out of their comfort zones - it's a constant motivator.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime? 

Aside from fitness, another passion of mine is travel. I lived abroad in Bangkok, Thailand so having the ability to travel to as many countries as possible for the rest of my life would be the ultimate accomplishment.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be?

LOYAL, PASSIONATE, HARDWORKING

What can people expect when they come to your class?

One thing I hate is a boring and low-energy workout – I will make sure the hip hop & electronic music is just as good as the killer workout so you can power through and push yourself beyond your limits. Don’t expect to show up and be mediocre – work hard and show up for yourself!

Trainer Spotlight: Annie Uttaro

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Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Newton, Massachusetts, a city about 10 minutes outside of Boston. I moved to Los Angeles in 2014.

What inspired you to become a trainer?

I have been active from a young age. During high school, I found a real passion for going to the gym. When friends would ask me, "what are you doing to look so fit?" I would offer them to work out with me. One friend, in particular, went from a size 14 to a 4, just from doing my routines. That was the most rewarding feeling, and I knew I wanted to do that for more people. That inspired me to get involved in group fitness.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?

My dream has always been to open and run my own business. I have always had that entrepreneurial spirit!

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be?

Energetic, motivated, loyal.

What can people expect when they come to your class?

My classes will always be high energy. I like to utilize a lot of different tools, so although there will be some consistency, clients will get to try new things as well. I love all types of music, and try to bring something for everyone. To keep energy levels high, I often choose different genres of music that have a good beat.

Trainer Spotlight: Allyson O'Neil

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Where are you originally from? 

I grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota – a suburb of Minneapolis. After college, I came to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at USC (Fight On!), then moved to Chicago to work on The Oprah Winfrey Show. I’ve been back in Los Angeles for five years and now live in Sherman Oaks with my husband and 2 rescue pups (you can meet them on my insta page – I post waaaay too many pics of them, but I think they’re pretty cute).

What inspired you to become a trainer? 

I’ve been a dancer nearly all of my life, dancing competitively through high school and college and dancing with the NBA for 5 years. After hanging up my dance shoes, I fell in love with group fitness. Finding communities of people who love to sweat, work hard and improve their inner and outer selves inspired me to become a trainer. 

What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime? 

Only ONE goal?!?! Impossible. I’m setting new goals all day, every day. 
(But if you really pressed me, I’d say that I want to travel the world, adopt 100 more rescue dogs, spend a summer sailing in Greece, learn how to make sushi, compete in a triathlon, practice yoga in Bali, and write a super successful horror movie)

 If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…

Energetic, tenacious, fun

What can people expect when they come to your class?

When you’re in my class, you can expect a killer playlist (with current high energy hits, as well as fun throwbacks for my high school self). I’m going to push you to add on some speed on the tread and go a little heavier on the floor. I guarantee you’ll leave sweatier, stronger, happier and more confident than when you walked through the Burn 60 doors. 


January 2019 MVB - Gina K.

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Congratulations Gina! You are our first MVB of 2019. You have accomplished so much and it shows. You are definitely considered an OG at Burn and we still look forward to seeing your smiling face walk through the door. You continue to train hard in every class and always push yourself to improve. Congrats on hitting an 11mph!

Below are a few fun facts about your 6.5 year history with Burn: 

  • Your first class was a Pilates class on August 18, 2009. (Yes - we used to have Core 60 Pilates next door.)  

  • You didn’t take your first official Burn 60 class until March 22, 2012 with Liam.

  • You have taken 750 classes at Burn!  You average 3 classes a week.  

  • You have sweat it out with 25 different instructors.

  • You prefer morning classes, 8:15a, 8:30a and 9:30a.

  • And welcome to West Hollywood. We love that you’re also taking classes across town.

  • You have run the equivalent of 2250 miles or the distance between LA to Ohio.

  • You have burned off over 300,000 calories at Burn 60 — or 85 lbs.   

You are the poster client showing up every class with ambition and a true commitment to your health. You are a superstar. We are proud to celebrate you and learn a little bit more about what you have to say about Burn:

Do you have a favorite instructor or class?

Nick + Keith

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

Favorite: Burn and pilates are my favorite. Least: Can’t really think of a least favorite.

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

Best full body workout.

What has been your greatest accomplishment inside the studio?

Hitting a sprint at 11.

What is your favorite motivational fitness quote?

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Here’s what Gina’s favorite trainers have to say about her…

"She's always very dedicated and focused in class." - Brielle D.

"Gina's awesome! She runs like a beast, trains like an animal. Burn superstar!" - Andrew S.

"Gina doesn't take my class anymore." - Liam M.

"Gina has showed tremendous improvement over the years and has become way more confident." - Kris C.

Ode To Liam

Roses are red, violets are blue, our trainers and staff have anniversaries, just like me and you. We like to acknowledge these special days because our dedicated Burn Family definitely deserves the praise.

He started on 12/11 taking class after class after class. He took David, Keith and Julie- all great trainers to sharpen his craft. It must have felt like forever before he put on a mic, because frankly it was... We were sure he’d take a hike. On Jan 31, in 2012 Liam taught his first 5:45a class and no one went on strike.
 
Here are some stats that should make you all proud. If you’re part of his posse, you’re definitely a number in this crowd -

  • Over the last 7 years Liam has taught 1771 classes (that’s 74 straight days of classes)

  • He has had over 24,500 client visits mostly on Monday +Weds at 6a + Sundays at 9:15a. But don’t be fooled, his workout has changed a ton. It is always getting harder (but shorter) than it was on Day 1.

  • To our dismay, his music remains the same. How could this Irishman be so successful when his music sucks and his workout is never tame?


Congratulations Liam on your 7th year at Burn. The fact that your numbers keep growing is a statistic that only you can command. But thank goodness for the business, because your sold out classes are in demand.
 
You have changed many lives, one client at a time, and possibly offended just as many- who choose to never take your class time. Our jabs are just in fun, you know we love you dearly. Your leadership and legendary form of training is second to no one!

6th Annual Bro Sixty Charity Class

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SIGN UP INFO

Date: Friday, November 16th 

Time: 7:00p

Place: Burn 60 West Hollywood

Spots Available: 30

Recommended Donation: $30 to Burn 60 Movember Charity Team Page

Swag + Gifts: Each attendee receives a swag bag from our partners + Bro 60 limited edition tee


ABOUT EVENT

Six years ago, Nick Malizia led the first Bro Sixty workout in support of a community member that conquered prostate cancer. Since then, we've raised almost $15,000 to support the Movember Foundation! We're excited to continue this proud tradition on Friday, November 16th.

The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men's health on a global scale and addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. In only 13 years they've independently funded more than 1,200 men's health projects around the world. And by 2030 they'll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. 

Nick, Liam, Kris & Andrew have graciously donated their time to put together an unprecedented 4-trainer, 60-minute, ass-kicking, charity workout event.

To sign up for the 6th Annual Bro 60 - Movember Charity Workout we ask that you make a minimum donation of $30 to our Burn 60 Movember team charity page. Once you have donated, we will reach out to you through email and add you to the class roster. There are 30 spots available. If you cannot attend the event, your donations are still very much appreciated. Help us reach our goal of raising $3,000 this year! 

Alright FAM! Let's BURN TOGETHER, take-action, grow a stache (if you can) and show the world the real power of the Burn 60 community. It's time for Bro 60 2018! 


2017 RECAP

 

Kasseem's Trip To Haiti

KASSEEM HELPED BURN 60 RAISE $7,000 FOR THE BATI SCHOOL


Talk about exceeding expectations!

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to The Bati School in Haiti. Kasseem was proud to present a $7000 check from all of us. Upon his arrival, Kasseem and Schiller distributed over 400 backpacks filled with school supplies to all of these grateful children.

The Burn 60 Family is so proud to a part of this campaign.

Follow picture's from Kasseem's trip to Haiti below:

Classes for Haiti with Kasseem

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Burn 60 and Kasseem are going to Haiti

 

At Burn 60, we believe every day is an opportunity to better the lives of those around us - and that means supporting our Burn Family and their causes.                     

In 2010, a 7.0 Earthquake hit Haiti devastating over 3 million people, nearly one third of the country’s population. Long time client, Kasseem alongside Schiller Erlius, originally from Haiti, asked Burn to help support the Bati School – his personal passion back home. And how do say no to Kasseem?

                                                                                         

CLASSES FOR HAITI

From September 10-18, Burn 60 will donate a percentage of the proceeds from ALL 15 of Kasseem’s classes in both studios to raise funds for the Bati School. On September 20th, Kasseem will hand deliver our contribution when he visits the Bati school in person (Yep….Kasseem is going to Haiti from Sept 20-25….plan accordingly)!

The BATI School allows Ayitian children to dream of a new future and enriches the local community providing access to free education. Located on 50 acres in the mountains above the coastal town of St. Michel, Haiti, they provide free, localized education for students from Preschool to 2nd grade by building a sustainable model for education through the sale of organic agriculture grown on the surrounding land.
They opened with 65 students in 2017 and have 125 students enrolled this school year. Their goal is to add a grade/class each year to reach K-12.

How can you help reach our goal of $3000?                              

  • Every dollar counts. Please make your own personal contribution to Kasseem's Go Fund Me Page

  • Sign up for Kasseem’s classes Sept 10-18.

  • Sign up for his Bati School charity class on Monday Sept 18 at 7:00pm in Weho

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August M.V.B. - Kelsey Gallagher!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO KELSEY GALLAGHER OUR AUGUST MVB

Every month we ask all of our trainers and staff to submit names of who they believe is deserving of our highest achievement- Most Valuable Burner (MVB) . Moving forward, I invite YOU-  our clients to nominate your peers for this prestigious award. You are all doing the work together- why shouldn’t you be cheering each other on and acknowledging each other?

Is there a special client that you believe deserves this accolade? Please email me at janet@burn60.com and tell us why you think someone in the Burn community is next MVB on our list.

Here are a few fun facts about Kelsey's history with Burn:

  • Her first class was on Sunday, July 5, 2015 with Liam
  • She has taken a total of 374 classes in 3 years
    • That is an average of 124 classes a year or 10 classes a month (this year you averaged 12) 
  • You have taken class from 21 different instructors
    • 122 classes with Kris
    • 92 classes with Liam
    • 51 classes with Sam
    • 45 classes with Andrew

 

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We asked Kelsey some questions about her time spent at Burn 60:

Tell us about your first class at Burn with Liam?

I was on treadmill one wearing a white Hanes v-neck tee that kept threatening to ride up over my head and of course Liam kept calling me out on it, but he also freaked out when I stepped on the tread at 10.0 without using the handrails. Not only that, but he pushed me to go a little faster in my first class and hasn’t stopped since then! 

 

Do you have a favorite instructor or class?

Kris’s Monday 6:00pm class is my favorite. It’s the best way to start the week and I always feel like I’m going to die at the end so I know I’m doing it right.  I know I can never slack in his class because even if he doesn’t say anything, he is always watching and judging and that alone makes me want to perform at my best. 

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

My favorite is a .15 sprint because I know if I just suffer through 44 seconds I will hit the number and be done with it. My least favorite exercise is full chest to floor burpees... they’re the worst especially right after finishing a hard run on the tread. 

 

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

Working out here has completely changed my body! I love that I can never be stagnant - there is always another milestone to hit, a time to beat or a new weight to try on the floor. I love that Andrew, Liam, Kris and Sam never let me slack and always push me to new limits. 

 

What has been your greatest accomplishment inside the studio?  

Hitting a 3 minute half! Physically I knew I could do it, but mentally I never ever thought I could hit it and now that I have I can’t believe I ever doubted myself. 

 

Some words from our trainers...

Don’t pull a Gallagher... - Kris C.

A true Burn regular. She crushes every workout and inspires every trainer that is lucky enough to have her in class. Trainer tip: she makes a mean set of cookies - just make sure you come to class after you eat one. - Andrew S.

It’s been a pleasure to see you go from ‘bad’ to ‘mediocre’ to your current ‘better’ 😋😃😃😃……  - Liam G.

Always a pleasure having Kelsey in class. Her work ethic and self-accountability is infectious for those she trains with, and it has been great to see her consistent improvements week after week. Keep at it Gallagher! - Sam C.

Kelsey has been coming to Burn 60 since July of 2015. She sets goals every class to reach a new personal best. Whenever she comes to take class, she is always friendly to the staff and stays after to talk to us at the front desk. Whenever I take class with her, she would always compete to run the fastest in the entire class. There is no way I can keep up with her on the treadmill. Kelsey is so much fun to be around and I truly believe that she is well deserving of our Burn 60 MVB for the month of August. - David R. (front desk)

Trainer Spotlight: Harry Rosedale

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Where are you originally from?

Kona, HI. But my family moved to Arcadia, CA when I was 10.

 

What inspired you to become a trainer?

A few years ago, taking group fitness classes began to take on an integral part of my week. I received huge emotional and physical benefits, all while having fun. This positive personal experience, combined with my desire to help others, led me to want to share these benefits with others.

 

What drives you?

The desire to give challenge clients out of their comfort zone, so that they can achieve optimal results.

 

What can people expect when they come to your class? 

Tough, no-nonsense workouts that will challenge them, inspire them, but will also make them want to get down and boogie.

 


You can catch HARRY every week at Burn 60 West Hollywood at 8:30a M/W + 12:00p Sun.

Trainer Spotlight: Joey Rubino

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Where are you originally from?

I grew up in London, but Los Angeles has always felt like home.

 

What inspired you to become a trainer?

Growing up, I was overweight.  It was challenging.  Then I discovered that moving your body made a difference, and that made it easier.  I discovered that I could change my physical self, and that was powerful.  Eventually I discovered that I could help others who were struggling with the same thing.  And that was wonderful.  I’ve realized that much of the power was in taking action, and joy didn’t have to wait until you reached a goal that you’ve set. 

I think that’s an aspect of the fitness world that can be missing, and needs to be called to attention.  I look to help people realize they are awesome now - and if they are looking to change their body, then feeling great about the journey is key - not waiting to think they are awesome until they hit a goal.  I started training to fill a gap - to remind others that to live life waiting to feel awesome can be a waste.  Feel awesome now.

 

What drives you?

Love, always.  Everyone can use more love - self love, love for those around us.  Its hard to love others when the self love is missing, so I’m driven to make sure everyone realizes they are so worthy of love right in this moment. It isn’t something you have to earn.

 

What can people expect when they come to your class? 

I push only when the time is right.  In my class you can expect to feel more connected - I pick up on the best you can achieve today and show you how to get there. You’ll leave feeling happy and uplifted.

 


You can catch Joey every week at Burn 60 West Hollywood at 9:30a M/W/F

Burn Bingo Is Here!

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The Burn Bingo Challenge is here! Come on in and take as many classes as you can with different trainers to try to collect B-U-R-N aka BINGO. Winners get prizes... chances at a FREE Monthly Unlimited size prizes.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP

  • Pick up a bingo card at your home studio's front desk, write down your name + stick it to the bingo wall.

 

HOW TO PLAY

Trainer squares

  • After taking a trainer's class, visit the front desk to stamp out your square.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SQUARES: YELP + INSTAGRAM 

  • To stamp out a Yelp or Instagram square, you must show proof of the post to the front desk. 

 

REFER A FRIEND SQUARE

  • Let the front desk know the name of the client you referred to stamp out your square. 

 

HOW TO WIN + PRIZES

SPELL B-U-R-N DOWN, ACROSS OR DIAGONAL: you'll win a free tote and be entered into a raffle to win a free month of classes. THE MORE BINGOS YOU WIN THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES.

BLACK OUT YOUR ENTIRE BOARD: AUTOMatically win a free month of classes

 

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Rules:

  • All challenges must be completed between July 16th-August 5th.
  • All challenges must be completed at the same studio.
  • The front desk must validate all squares.
  • Winners will be randomly selected and announced on August 5th.

 

 

CHECK OUT THE CARDS! 1 WEEK TILL BINGO BEGINS...

 
 

The Painted Turtle Campership Appeal

HELP Send kids to camp at The Painted Turtle WHERE kids are not defined by their illness

Remember those amazing summers at camp? Think of all the friends you made during late-night, bunk bed chit chats. The confidence you gained from conquering the ropes course, learning new land and water sports. Experiencing the thrill of adventure on your first overnight canoe trip (can you taste the s'mores and smell the bonfire?). I was lucky enough to go to camp in Wisconsin for 8 weeks from age 7-14. Every experience, the good and bad, contributed to my character and helped me become the person I am today. (I still consider myself an expert at tying knots.) I think all kids should have an opportunity to go to camp. Don’t you?

From May 14-May 31, Burn 60 will be donating a percentage of all packages purchased to The Painted Turtle Camp. The Painted Turtle has served over 53,000 children and their families through its Summer and Family Weekend camps since it opened its gates in 2004.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help send (5) kids with life threatening illnesses to camp this summer. So…buy your package, feel great about give back, and help send a kid to camp!

Why are we doing this?

At Burn 60, we believe every kid should have the opportunity to go to camp, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. That’s why we’ve partnered with The Painted Turtle where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! The mission of The Painted Turtle is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families.

I am proud to be a founding member of this remarkable organization and through innovative, camp-based programs we offer a great big dose of fun and support. Children with more than 73 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. 

For over 14 years, we have given thousands of campers the chance to sing, dance, laugh and grow in a safe camp environment, built for their needs. Without the Painted Turtle, many of these children would never experience the wonderful memories and life-long impact of summer camp.

There is no billing department at The Painted Turtle — campers and their families attend free of charge. And there’s no limit to the amount of laughter campers take home with them either!

Last week I have the privilege of meeting Rhiannon Carter. She is 14 years old. She has severe arthritis. Yep, Arthritis! It is not just a disease that afflicts older people. Rhiannon's family learned that she had arthritis when she was 2 years old. When she is feeling good, you can hardly tell that she has a chronic, debilitating disease. Other days, she can barely move or is confined to her wheelchair. Please take a minute to read her story below.

Direct donations welcome: I want to help a camper go to The Painted Turtle this summer .

Thank you,

Janet Crown - CEO/Founder @ Burn 60 Studios

Check out The Painted Turtle:

 

A letter from Rhiannon:

Hi, my name is Rhiannon Carter and I am 14 years old.  When I was almost 2 years old, my big sister, Bridget, had her 4th birthday party. It was great. There was a piñata and cake and a jumpy castle in the back yard. I spent most of the day in the castle, jumping around and playing and having so much fun. However, the next day, my knees were very swollen, my dad said they looked like grapefruits. My mom & dad took me to the doctor who could not find anything wrong. They thought my grapefruit knees were from jumping so much and it would go away, but it didn’t. 

We went to doctor after doctor. We saw eight doctors in 4 months, no one knew what was wrong with me. Finally, my family doctor said we should try a pediatric rheumatologist. He recommended an awesome doctor who took one look at me and said “Yep. She has arthritis.” My parents didn’t know anything about kids getting arthritis, but they learned quickly. 

Since then, I’ve been on all kinds of pills and shots and joint injections and stuff like that. I’ve even taken Methotrexate, which is a form of chemotherapy. I take 49 pills a week. Some of them taste awful and make me really sick. When I was 5, I started taking shots too. I was scared about the shots but I got used to the needles. Some of the shots really, really hurt and I get bruises from them. I squeeze my mom’s hand really hard when my shots hurt and I’m afraid I

might break her fingers. I also spent 3 years getting infusions every month I didn’t like having an IV for hours at a time when I should have been at school.

I also have to go get my blood drawn often. I hate that part. When I was 8, I decided I was not going to cry during my blood draws anymore. It isn’t easy because sometimes they have to poke me several times to find a good vein and I have even fainted. But, I try to be strong. Sometimes I feel better and sometimes my joints hurt a lot and I can’t walk and I have to use my wheelchair.

It’s been really hard for my parents and my sister to see me hurting. I remember before I was diagnosed, I couldn’t walk and went back to crawling. My dad says that was one of the hardest parts for him. My mom says that the hardest part is for her to watch when I have to get really painful treatments. My sister says the hardest part is when she sees me at school, not playing at recess, or sitting on the bench during P.E.

For me, the worst part was I did not know any kids like me. When I was 7 years old, I asked my Mom and Dad if I could meet other kids with arthritis. I had never met any kids who understood my disease, so I felt kind of alone. My parents and sister are great and supportive, but I wanted to be able to talk to someone else about what it’s like to be a kid with arthritis. When I was 9, I went to The Painted Turtle for the first time. 

It.

Was.

AWESOME!

I got to meet so many kids who were just like me! I made so many new friends and I got to do lots of fun things. I went horseback riding and swimming and did arts and crafts and sang songs and all kinds of stuff! My cabin mates and I bonded so much and we are all still friends.

There were people there who took care of me and made sure I had my medicines and everything like that. I felt safe and my parents didn’t have to worry about my arthritis at all since there was 24-hour nurse care at the camp. They knew I was in good hands. I can’t wait to come back. It was the best time ever! 

I still have to use a wheelchair sometimes.  I still have to get my blood drawn a lot and get shots each week and take lots of medicines.

But, I always think about how I get to go to The Painted Turtle. Some of my friends at school are jealous. Can you believe that? Jealous of me! Because I get to go to the best camp ever. In a way, I’m kind of lucky that I have arthritis. I have met some of the most amazing and strongest people in the whole wide world. 

After going to camp at The Painted Turtle, I believed that even with arthritis, I could do great things. 

Thank you so much for helping kids like me to believe they can do great things. 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to BTWD Scott F.

 
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Where are originally from?

From Manchester, New Jersey, small woods town close to the beach.

What inspired you to become a trainer?

Being a leader in sports has played a big role in me becoming a trainer. I went through so many strength and conditioning coaches and systems that I kind of mix them all together to create my own style.

What drives you?

Getting to know who you are training with and finding out what fuels others to become better has given me more of an understanding 'why' people want to compete or become better. Hearing their stories and obstacles on the way makes me want to help any way I can.

What can people expect when they come to your class?

I like to be aggressive with my classes, similar to a bootcamp, but a lot less yelling. Ill give you direction and teach you technique so you learn the movements and why we do them instead of just going through the motions. I like to use my Exercise Science background to give you some knowledge about what/why we are doing in class that day!

 

 

April M.V.B. Kati Kern!

 
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Congratulations to Kati Kern our April MVB

Every month we ask all of our trainers and staff to submit names of who they believe is deserving of our highest achievement- Most Valuable Burner ( MVB) . Moving forward, I invite YOU-  our clients to nominate your peers for this prestigious award. You are all doing the work together- why shouldn’t you be cheering each other on and acknowledging each other?

Is there a special client that you believe deserves this accolade? Please email me at janet@burn60.com and tell us why you think someone in the Burn community is next MVB on our list.

I admit, my heart always swells when I read these responses because they are truly from the heart. Everyone has a reason that they workout and it is always my privilege to share their stories with you- our awesome clients.

Here are a few fun facts about Kati’s history with Burn: 

  • Her first class was on August 24, 2014, with Kris. 
  • She has taken class from 18 different instructors. (Although 95% have been with Nick or Keith)
  • Kati has taken a total of 405 classes
  • She averages 2-3 classes a week mostly at 8:15a.

To give you some comparisons since she's walked through our doors 4 years ago:

  • She's run the equivalent of 1200 miles or the distance between LA and Chicago. 
  • She's burned over 200,000 calories — or 57 lbs. (that’s 800 Snickers bars)  

 

 

A few words with Kati-

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Tell us about your first class at Burn on Sunday, August 24, 2014, with Kris?

I remember feeling a unique combination of utter exhaustion as well as an internal strength that I had never achieved from another workout class. I can remember needing to take naps when I first started the work out and now, if I skip a work out, I am finding myself tired! 

 

Do you have a favorite instructor or class? 

I will never say NO to an 8:15am Keith or Nick class 

 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

I love long endurance runs and I could live without Burpees

 

What do you love most about Burn and what keeps you coming back?

I love the level of commitment that both the instructors and athletes bring to every class.  Everything from the music, to the work out, to the friendly competition, keeps me coming back week after week. 

 

What has been your greatest accomplishment inside the studio?  

My greatest accomplishment is hopefully yet to be achieved...Burn 60 has a way of pushing you far beyond the goals you set. Thank you again for this high honor :) Katie also just ran her first 11.0!

Kati has been a rock-star ever since her first class years ago. Brings Such a positive attitude every time and works her ass off the entire 60 minutes. Love her loyalty and dedication. Thanks Kati!!!! - Nick Malizia
I LOVE coaching Kati.  She brings her max effort to every workout and has the hugest smile on her face when it’s over!  She set a goal to hit 11.0 on the tread by May and accomplished it!!  Kati, you’re a sweetheart and an athlete! - Keith Anthony