The CrossFit fad of the early 2000s does not seem to be going away, as evidenced by the volume of CrossFit-inspired gyms available all over LA. Whether you’re a Weekend Warrior, a stay-at-home-mom, a professional athlete or just looking to increase your fitness, strength and agility in everything, CrossFit probably has something for you. These are the best CrossFit gyms in the Los Angeles area.
CrossFit Mean Streets
265 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: $220 monthly/$150 monthly for military
This fitness center combines professional training and equipment with practical training methods (using convenient training equipment such as tractor tires and sledgehammers) for a broad range of clientele and ability levels. All prospective students will receive a 60-minute complimentary introduction session with a small group. Mean Streets is driven by its diverse coaches, whose backgrounds include doctors, USA Olympic team members, world champions, veterans, and CrossFit experts. Private training and nutritional guidance is available.
CrossFit Hollywood USA
310 S. La Brea Ave., Suite C
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Price: $215 to $195 per month, depending on the contract commitment
Also offering a free introductory week, this studio encourages students to train for monthly events, whether they are public races or in-house challenges. Membership includes unlimited classes each month with class sizes capped at 12 people. This gym has become famous in Hollywood for its expert CrossFit coaches, and also for its bi-annual 30-day Paleo Challenge, aka the caveman diet. For this challenge, nutritionists are available to advise athletes, and one man and one woman each receive a cash purse for overall body fat lost, muscle gained, performance improvement, adherence to paleo eating and before/after pics.
Brick Sports Performance Training
334 S. Main St.
Los Angeles CA 90013
Price: $155/month for unlimited access
This training facility is designed for athletes. With no machines or routines, competitive athletes come here to take their individualized training to a new level. Brick offers studios in downtown LA, West Hollywood and West LA. Olympic lifting, yoga and kickboxing are among the specialized classes offered if CrossFit’s insane workouts just aren’t enough for you.
3235 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Price: $90 monthly gift certificates are available online
For those intimidated by the intensity of CrossFit training, here’s a studio that is popular for its personalized, family-style approach. It offers a wide range of morning, afternoon and evening classes for all ages and abilities. A popular feature for patrons is the Zombie Run, as well as the trainers’ online workout of the day. The intimate, community atmosphere of this fitness center makes skeptical first-time CrossFitters excited about fitness and eager for long-term conditioning goals.
CrossFit City of Angels
4314 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Price: $60 to $85 per personal training session/$169 to $199 monthly for group sessions depending on frequency of weekly visits
Locals love this gym, which offers four levels ranging from healthy beginner to elite athlete. Early morning and evening classes are available on weekdays, with a selection of core classes offered throughout the morning and early afternoon on Saturdays. Schedule a complimentary one-on-one training session if you’re a beginner. On top of the traditional workout of the day, an online recipe for a Paleo-inspired meal of the day rounds out the offerings as well. City of Angels is one of the more intimate and affordable gyms that offers the same professional, knowledgeable staff as larger, commercial CrossFit centers.
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Danielle Farve is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.