From spiritual yoga sessions in a downtown oasis and piloxing in the San Fernando Valley to balletic dance routines on Sunset Boulevard and morning crunches at a beachside boot camp, we’ve scoured greater Los Angeles to find a range of calorie-burning cardio workouts at an affordable price.
Runyon Canyon Yoga
Runyon Canyon Park
2000 N. Fuller Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Join Yogi Steve and the local team for a free daily yoga class in Runyon Canyon Park (near the Fuller Avenue entrance) in the Hollywood Hills. Bring a mat, towel and a bottle of water to this inner city oasis, then clear your thoughts and let your instructor lead you through a series of Hindu-inspired core exercises from down dogs and backbends to arm balances and inversions. A fitness program that enhances your serenity without depleting your bank balance is a rare find in the City of Angels, and if your experience proves transcendental, please consider making a donation to your instructor to help keep this community program alive.
Boot Camp Morning Crunch
If you love fresh air and exercise, then you’ll feel right at home during the Boot Camp Morning Crunch training sessions. With 12 outdoor locations in the greater Los Angeles area — including Hollywood, Downtown LA, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica and Pasadena — boot campers will embark on a cardio and strength training program that’s intended to burn fat, improve muscle tone and increase overall fitness levels. Opt for five one-hour training sessions, Monday through Friday, for $95 or go all in for a two-hour weekend warrior workout from $19 per person.
6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood celebs simply go crazy for Richard Giorla’s high-energy Cardio Barre routine that takes classical dance moves and weaves them seamlessly into a carefully choreographed aerobic workout. Designed to burn fat while simultaneously toning the bottom, legs, upper body and arms, this ballet barre-based exercise routine will quickly reduce you to a puddle on the studio floor. You can find Cardio Barre locations throughout the Los Angeles area including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Redondo Beach (pictured) and Santa Monica. Regular classes at Denise Cohen’s Sunset Boulevard studio are $16 per person but there’s also a great first timer’s special — unlimited classes for one week for just $30 — or refer a friend and get a free class.
2469 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
For those that don’t like performing calisthenics in a crowd, Studio 1-on-1’s $99 “Introduction to fitness special” — which includes a full evaluation session, three one-on-one personal training sessions and a power core workout with gym owner Bud Fallon — is a great way to see if using a personal trainer is a good fit for both body and budget. Training regimens, tailored specifically to an individual’s requirements, incorporate a mix of jump training, body weight exercise, aerobics and resistance training.
4129 Cahuenga Blvd.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
The brainchild of former Swedish body building champion Viveca Jensen, Piloxing is an intriguing high-intensity mix of pilates and pugilism (hence the weighted half-pound gloves) that’s guaranteed to have you floating like a butterfly in no time. Located in the San Fernando Valley, Jensen’s Piloxing Academy offers a mix of morning and evening workout classes designed specifically with the working woman in mind. If a fitness routine of ducking, diving and dancing appeals, check out the $10 introductory piloxing class (includes gloves) and then pay $16 a class thereafter.
Related: Best Running Clubs In Los Angeles
Julian Gothard is an internationally published freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. You can check out his popular RVing and travel column at Examiner.com.