You’ve only got one body to live in, so treat it like the temple that it is. We’ve rounded up a variety of the top spots in LA that can help you up the ante in your health and fitness game.
I Heart Fitness XO
11440 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Clients from near and far flock here for the studio’s signature Control Method, an ultra effective workout that is nonexistent anywhere else in LA. Intense routines are structured with a unique set of exercises using a bamboo and titanium crafted Pilates Reformer, Pilates Springboard, the barre, and mat for 55 supercharged minutes of muscle failure fun. Work your way up to the advanced classes if you’re willing to rise up to the challenge. Regular clients sport covet-worthy results that double as walking billboards for this Ventura Boulevard diamond.
1375 E 6th St, Unit 8
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Located in the burgeoning Arts District adjacent to The LA Gun Club is the largest bouldering only gym in LA. Unlike indoor climbing that uses ropes or harnesses, bouldering is a class of climbing that involves nothing but you, a boulder, and problems (the path a climber takes to complete a climb).
Experienced climbers and beginners alike climb side-by-side here, thanks to the knowledgeable staff and friendly, non-elitist community of boulderers that happily coexist here. This facility is super-clean and equipped with everything you need for a safe and invigorating experience. There is even a small fitness area and pristine lockers rooms complete with showers and complimentary towel service.
Easton Gym Co
8053 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
As one of the longest running fitness facilities in LA, this neighborhood gym set the bar for its innovations in weight lifting equipment and a classic philosophy of health and fitness pursuits made in a comfortable, no nonsense atmosphere. You’ll find all the machines, free weights, and equipment you’ll need, in addition to an array of classes upstairs. They even have a rooftop patio where you can get some sun and even a little TRX session in while you’re at it. Downstairs you’ll find Mojo Café, a place to get the jolt of energy or refueling you need to power you through the rest of your day.
7912 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
If you train here, Swarovski chandeliers, a 50” fireplace, and cherry hardwood floors is a little taste of what’s in store. Sure, from the outside looking in, one might think this private training gym lacks substance. But those who take a closer look will see that its not just a pretty face. Like an aerobics floor that is custom fitted with inch thick under padding to minimize stress on joints. Or plyometric rubber found throughout the entire facility that is three times as soft as those found in most others.
This fully equipped luxury facility specializes in personal training and conditioning provided by a select group of fitness professionals with a multi-faceted skill set to be sure you get exactly what you need to achieve your fitness goals. It’s also home to the Max Phoenix Effect studio, a high intensity Metabolic Bootcamp.
601 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
What’s a killer workout without a strong community? That’s exactly what inspired best friends and owner Diana Newton and Brian Tuthill to open this studio, a welcoming place that nurtures all levels of fitness. Fitmix offers two popular class formats; Endurance Pilates (a full body group strength training session on a sleek customized Reformer) and The Mashup (a combo class that splits time doing cardio on a treadmill with work on the Reformer). The latter is a workout that covers a well-balanced program with its calorie torching cardio combined with the long lean physique and flexibility achieved with Pilates. With an emphasis in community involvement, this studio gives back with free Fitmix field trips that include events like race trainings, workshops/seminars, mixers, retreats, and plenty of supportive hugs and high fives to name a few.
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Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.