When it comes to workout options in Southern California, there is no shortage of options. In your efforts to stay or get back into shape, you can now turn to any number of smaller gyms and targeted classes that offer an alternative to the huge chains. To get the most out of any exercise regimen, Los Angeles fitness trainer Jason Land recommends having a set plan, educating yourself about proper workouts, and make sure you switch up your routine regularly to make your workout more effective. Ultimately, you want to make healthy habits a part of your lifestyle – not just something you do at the gym. So where should you go to get started? Here is a list of highly recommended local gyms with staff and programs that will cater to your individual needs.
VisionFit Personal Training
2707 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
This personal training gym in Burbank is where fitness guru Jason Land trains his clients. The gym has all of the cardiovascular and weight training equipment you will need to get in an effective workout and the initial trainer consultation is free. After that, purchase the training session package that makes most sense for your situation and budget. Hours of operation: by appointment only.
11755 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Located in Brentwood, Speed X has become on of Los Angeles’ premier sports fitness centers. Revolutionizing the fitness world with innovative and effective training methods, Speed X is proven to increase stamina and strength while cutting fat and weight. Speed X is an award winning high intensity training program that is based on Crossfit and functional fitness. Each class is a full body workout and no two classes are ever the same ensuring that you are constantly challenging your body and making sure you do not plateau.
1315 3rd Street Promenade, 4th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
With views of and breezes from the nearby ocean, this full-service Santa Monica gym strives to provide a different Los Angeles gym experience. Particularly helpful for your weight loss goals are the gym’s Custom Fit online training system and Fat Burn weight loss system. Each day, there are classes offered and if you need more specialized attention, sign up with a personal trainer.
1944 South La Cienega Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Fans of Crossfit training swear that this program really helps to unleash your athletic potential, burn fat and keep you in shape. Crossfit classes combine Olympic lifting, running, basic gymnastic moves and plyometrics — movements in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence — into their workouts. The workouts are equally doable by athletes and senior citizens. In addition to a plethora of classes, Crossfit offers one on one personal training, as well as nutrition counseling.
Trifit Club & Studios
2425 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
This west side gym founded by a husband and wife team places emphasis on three areas of fitness: strength, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility. As such, it provides a whole host of tools and activities ranging from traditional weights to cycling classes and yoga. In addition to attending a wide variety of classes that include yoga, Pilates and martial arts, you can also play squash or tennis, swim in the lap pool or get a massage.
KOR Health & Fitness
815 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
KOR combines science, sports medicine and holistic healing with traditional gym equipment and classes. You can also get acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic care here, as well as personal training to help you achieve your fitness goals. KOR Health & Fitness offers a variety of membership options starting with daily passes, through to annual memberships. The one downside is the gym’s hours are limited. From personal training, fitness classes, boxing classes to Chiropractic care, the gym offers many services for their members.
Body Builders Gym
2516 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
This neighborhood classic in the Los Feliz area includes all kinds of cardio equipment, free weights, cables and machines, boxing on an outdoor patio, a sundeck and more. You can choose from a wide range of membership options ranging from daily to annual. And you can also work with one of their personal trainers to establish the right fitness routine for you. This gym also includes the C.A.R.E Fitness system for older individuals or those grappling with obesity, addiction, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and more.
1106 N. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 104
West Hollywood, CA 90069
14622 Ventura Blvd. Suite 201
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Since 1998, Barry’s, named after Founder/Trainer Barry Jay, has been developing a legendary following of pro-athletes and local celebrities like Kim Kardashian, David Hasselhoff and Juliette Lewis. Why? Because this workout is hard. It’s ugly hard, but it works. You’ll spend 30 minutes on a treadmill doing cardio interval training and then 30 minutes on the floor doing weight training with everything from hand weights to bars and bands. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself outside the building running the dreaded stairs or if you can’t walk for a couple of days after a heavy workout. It will all be worth it in the end when you start seeing results though.
Tracy Anderson Method
12345 Ventura Blvd. Suite L
Studio City, CA 90501
If exclusive celebrity workouts are your style, then look into The Method classes at Tracy Anderson Studio in Studio City. Anderson’s brand of workout combining resistance training with dance and Pilates moves has shaped the bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna. One of only two studio locations, the Studio City gym offers different membership packages, details of which are divulged only at an in-person consultation. Contact the studio for information about schedule and private appointments.
YAS Fitness Centers
Created by Kimberly Fowler, who battled brain cancer and survived to become a celebrated triathlete and fitness expert, the YAS method centers on a combination of yoga and spinning. This outpost of the original YAS Studio in Venice offers the same classes to enthusiasts and beginners alike, and has been featured on “The Real Housewives of OC.”
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Jennifer Vides blogs at JenniferVides.com.