Different Breed fitness studio focuses on high performance and individual results
By Shanee Edwards
Different Breed Strength & Conditioning celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, April 7, with free classes, thumping music, giveaways and a delicious healthy lunch. The brainchild of chiseled fitness expert Kyle Shepherd, the spacious, barn-red studio is situated in a former airplane hangar built by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1940s. Shepherd, who was born and raised in Los Angeles (with a detour to Colorado for college and skiing), has a unique fitness philosophy: “Something is always better than nothing. Each person is going to dictate what they want to do.”
To help individuals reach their weight-loss or muscle-gain goals faster, Shepherd develops a personalized program in the form of one-on-one training.
“There is a more appropriate way to streamline to that goal faster, and that is typically through individual program design, or personal training. That does come at a higher price point, but if you can’t afford that, and you like the camaraderie of a group fitness environment, we also offer that.”
In addition to personalized programs, the gym offers CrossFit and aerobics classes, even a quick 30-minute class for those who want to work out before they hit the office or on their lunch break. Members have access to the gym all day. If you’re unsure about becoming a member, you can buy a day pass that will retroactively be pro-rated if you decide to join. Also, your first class is free.
“We want to really incentivize people to try it and see if they like it before signing up,” says Shepherd.
The CrossFit-style class I observed was upbeat but intense. Both men and women were fiercely lifting weights, doing push-ups, jogging up and down the alleyway, and doing a variety of other exercises led by Shepherd with his encouragement and support. I could easily tell the participants were burning massive calories by the amount of sweat coming off them.
Overall, Shepherd is optimistic about what he can bring to Playa Vista.
“I’m really excited about the prospect of helping people change their lives,” he says.
Different Breed is at 11918 Jefferson Blvd., one block east of the Inglewood/Centinela traffic signal. Call (424) 835-4454 or visit differentbreedstrengthconditioning.com for more information.
Photos by Maria Martin