Despite having notorious traffic, it's really not that hard to get around Hollywood. All you need is the power of flight. That's where Copter Pilot's signature sightseeing tours come in. The Robinson R-44's large windows look out on pretty much all of the city's major sights, allowing passengers to view the Sunset Strip, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Sign from an air-conditioned spot in the sky. The team at Copter Pilot knows a thing or too about working in Hollywood too—when they're not offering tours of Tinsel Town, the crew often help out with film and television productions, operating everything from handheld aerial cameras to gyro-stabilized Cineflex Cameras.
Starting kids as young as 12 months on the path to strength and confidence, the instructors at Fun & Fit Gymnastics hope to build foundations that will shape their students for the good. The philosophy here centers around finding the best class for each child. In that process, instructors pair kids with others of similar age and ability levels to develop not just athletic skills, but social ones too. The enormous facility also contributes to the curriculum, with a 50-foot spring-suspended tumbling floor, beams, bars, vaults, trampolines and a 5-foot-deep foam-filled pit used for fun and to enhance safety.
Fitness guru and founder of Burbank Athletic Club Greg Bedrossian knows what it means to beat the odds. Born with a hole in his heart, he was advised throughout his life to avoid strenuous exercise. But instead of giving up, Greg dug into deep personal reserves of will and became a personal trainer, eventually opening Burbank Athletic Club.
Today, his CPR- and AED-certified trainers have picked up on his knack for bypassing perceived physical limitations. Through their fitness classes and training programs, the staff strives to help their students embody the same grit and determination in shaping their own bodies. The high-intensity classes—including cardio kickboxing and a boxing-Pilates fusion known as Piloxing—ramp up the difficulty as time goes on. Vinyasa, flow, and other forms of yoga are available as well, led by experienced yogis. These are contrasted by low-impact, high-intensity spinning classes, which work the body but also the mind, as clients must recognize that no matter how hard they pedal, in the end they go nowhere. Classes are often supplemented with individual workouts in a vast gym filled with weight machines, free weights, and cardio machines.
The Bar Method workout, which has been featured in Self magazine and Seventeen, started with German ballet dancer Lotte Berk. After injuring her back, Berk took her physical-therapy regimen and fused it together with her old ballet workouts. Burr Leonard took this system and modified it in 1991, in an effort to minimize the impact it had on delicate joints. The workout became known as The Bar Method, named for the horizontal barre that ballerinas use to steady themselves during dance routines and astronauts use to practice pole dancing in space. Bar Method workouts combine Berk's original dance conditioning and physical-therapy moves with fast-paced interval training and muscle-building isometrics, and aim to tone physiques without adding bulk.
Wrightway owner and professional polo player Erik Wright purveys a lively club equipped with knowledgeable instructors and more than 25 healthy steeds. Students breeze in to Wrightway for a one-hour polo seminar outfitted in trousers, a helmet, and boots or heeled shoes, after which instructors complete equine-sport ensembles with a complementary horse, mallet, ball, and British accent. Lessons correlate to the pupil's skill level, so beginners can pick up the basics of the sport and intermediate contenders can hone chukker-dominating strategies. Opt for a one-on-one tutorial for personal attention or gather equestrian-curious confidantes and schedule a private group bout at the Bel Air Polo Club, which offers sessions seven days a week, or nine days a week in horse time.
La La Land Indoor Playground enchants future adults with an open floor filled with slides, tunnels, and toys and surrounded by a panoramic mural depicting a magical forest. During open-play hours, particularly feisty tots can get their wiggles out in the Excitement Zone, a netted enclosure where scampering legs can bounce on a small, cushy trampoline, and the space beneath a rainbow-patterned slide provides a concealed venue for under-the-table popsicle exchanges. Tiny conveyances and wobbling hobbyhorses pepper the playroom in the form of dogs, dinosaurs, and tricycles, as their Lilliputian riders emulate stoic cowboys or swashbuckling knights on their way to La La Land's medieval castle façade.
With ample seating, an open space with few blind spots, and WiFi spiraling throughout the room, La La Land offers supervising adults a chance at relaxation better than making the babysitter read Zen poetry aloud. The Indoor Playground also hosts kid-tailored classes and throws raucous birthday parties.