We Tried It: The Hot Spinning Class Loved by Zendaya

11/12/2015 at 01:21 PM ET

The Sweat Shoppe
Felicity Murphy

What Is It: The Sweat Shoppe, a hot spinning class in Los Angeles, CA (Zendaya and Jason Priestley are fans!)

Who Tried It: Christina Dugan, PEOPLE Freelance Writer and Reporter

Level of Difficulty: Realistically, a 9. If the room wasn’t hot, I would say a 7.

To be fair, my weekly exercise regimen includes 4 to 5 high-intensity workouts, so when I agreed to take a class at The Sweat Shoppe, I was more excited to try something new rather than intimated. I’d taken spin classes (which I loved) and practiced hot yoga (which I didn’t love as much, but also didn’t mind). Overall, I was looking forward to the challenge.

I did start to semi-worry at my desk a few hours before the class. I tried to remind myself to just have fun with it! How tough could it be?

VERY, as it turns out! Walking into the 84-degree room, I immediately felt the heat. As I got settled on my bike, the instructor reminded me to enjoy the workout and “sweat it out!” Well, no worries there: I hadn’t even started the physical activity and  already working up a sweat.

As the class began, the dark room was illuminated by a fun display of lights. I felt like I was about to embark on an epic dance party. We did a light warm-up — and before I knew it I was climbing a huge hill. My legs were on fire! And so was my body from the heat in the studio! At two points during the class, the instructor turned on the fans for a couple minutes to give the class a “gift” for working so hard.

I thought the instructor did a good job of balancing the class with a mix of high-intensity intervals and light sprints. The room was hyped up and full of energy for the entire 55 minutes. That’s what got me through it!

The Verdict: Walking out of that room felt amazing. And not just because I was done with my workout, but because I felt like I had accomplished something I wasn’t sure I could handle! I would recommend it at least once for all hot yogis and spin fanatics looking to change up their routines.

My last piece of advice: Rather than being intimidated by the heat, embrace it! You can definitely handle it.

 

— Christina Dugan

FILED UNDER: Fitness , Health

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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