Earning all types of praise, including an endorsement from Los Angeles magazine as an exceptional boutique gym, Toluca Lake Tennis Club and Sports Center aims to live up to its reputation. Its private outdoor courts, surrounded by foothills and coniferous trees, play host to amateur and professional baize-ball endeavors. Tournaments include the Grey Goose Singles Challenge, where players compete for tickets to the U.S. Open, and more whimsical pursuits such as the Wimbledon Woodie Tournament, where players of all levels slap wooden rackets against oncoming woodpeckers.
Back in the fitness center, patrons cycle through a bevy of amenities. Swimmers battle the elements in a 60-foot indoor lap pool during aqua boot-camp classes and open swim, or they singe lounge-about calories with the cardio room's clutch of treadmills, Precor ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Wrangling the power of peer encouragement, trainers lead groups through fitness classes that range from Zumba to outdoor boot camp.
Located in Torrance, our family run public tennis center, hosted by tennis pros Ken & Courtney Hance, offers 8 well-maintained, fully lighted courts, a pro shop, private lessons, group workouts for all ages and skill levels. At South Bay Tennis Center you’ll find something for every member of the family.
Whittier Narrows trains and nurtures novice and advanced tennis players with its roster of iTennis lessons, USTA adult league teams, and well-kept courts. Each of Whittier Narrows’ 16 courts are painted U.S. Open shades of blue and green to emulate professional play and increase ball visibility, and are fully lighted for nighttime and solar eclipse play. Tennis center memberships entitle players to complimentary perks such as a one-hour drill clinic, a racket demo program, weekly stroke clinics, and free ball machine rental (during off-peak hours), as well as a 10% discount in the pro shop and discounts on classes. After rinsing away sweat and lingering grunts in the men’s and women’s locker rooms, an airy member lounge invites athletes to relax on a leather couch and enjoy wireless Internet, a flat-screen television, and refreshments.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Wilson
Pro Tip: Bring comfy tennis shoes and a bottle of water. Don't forget to bring your smile.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Private lessons
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Just come with an open mind. We go over the basics when we have new students.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
That over 99% of our students improve. They usually end up in competition at the high school level, satellite, or open level tournaments.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Watching a student grow and improve year to year. Not just [in] tennis skills, but [in] other attributes such as practice, dedication, loyalty, respect, and perseverance.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer private lessons if you need extra help in the class.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Icarion, LifeFitness, Stairmaster
Students should bring: Yoga Mat for yoga; all other equipment is provided for classes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We provide a wide variety of classes to fit all fitness levels. Instructors are motivated by the clients to change up the routines and keep things fresh
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
It is hard to please everyone, so most of our classes combine new and older-style music to fit the personalities of the clients.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Our classes follow the traditional fitness profile: active warm-up, work phase providing various levels for participants, cool down, and stretch.
Based on the breadth of talent at Fuel Rx Fitness & Wellness, you can tell the center cares about a balanced, holistic approach to health. On any given day, you may find fitness instructors leading cardio-heavy boot camps, nutritional counselors creating personalized eating plans, and massage therapists alleviating aches with a handful of modalities. Meanwhile, a chiropractor realigns spines with adjustments, and a life coach assesses personal goals before doling out advice on which side of the bed is best to wake up on.