LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Led by certified and enthusiastic instructors, Hardbody Outdoor Fitness offers its adherents access to one-hour morning classes from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park in the spring and summer and in Inside Out Performance in the fall and winter. Throughout each boot-camp-style regimen, lethargic muscles are forged into lethal weapons with resistance training, core work, and optional bionic reconstructive surgery. The functional program utilizes stability balls, medicine balls, hula hoops, resistance bands, jump ropes, and other equipment to emphasize balance and stabilize neurotic musculature. Sessions are also designed to work for and with people from all walks of life, from marathon runners to school teachers training to defeat a cruel chalkboard in hand-to-hand combat. Choose the 5- or 10-day pass to sample training sessions, or pick the one-month membership to take part in up to 16 one-hour classes.
A panel of certified instructors is ready and waiting to instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your duo of private lessons, or fly solo and dance with your instructor and a knowing smirk. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a range of potential students, from the disgruntled pedestrian looking to never get served again to the fledgling fitness-seeker looking for a fun new way to get shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few new swing steps for your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, the lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful, dance-based benefits.
After another back-bleeding day at the leech farm, your body will be ready for a relaxing tune-up. Today's Groupon to Awaken Wellness gets you a customized 90-minute massage for $55, a $110 value. Retreat to the serene studio for an appointment Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cozy lounge is outfitted with oversized armchairs, and peaceful therapy rooms will keep you feeling calm with warm lighting and natural colors.
For more than 10 years, athletes looking to improve their game have turned to Axis Sport. Using their more than 5,000-square-feet of space and equipment including bands, balls, battle ropes, and more, trainers focus on performance training to hone their clients’ agility, strength, speed, power, flexibility, and running mechanics. But you don't have to be an athlete to get fit at Axis. Instructors welcome clients of all levels during group classes, from high-intensity interval training to less intense sessions that aim to get heart rates up and prevent injury.
Center Ring Circus School believes that learning is best achieved through play and that a relaxed mind is the only way to approach complex physical tasks. Founded by Gregory May, a former clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the school seeks to share the magical quality of circus-arts skills with a broader audience. Students study and master the trapeze, silks, stilt-walking, and partner acrobatics in a supportive and noncompetitive environment.