There's no mistaking the purpose of the dozens of 150-pound punching bags dangling from the red metal frames that span LA Boxing Sterling's floor. Whether members consider themselves professional fighters or aerobic exercisers, the gym is a place to punch things. Under the watchful eye of mixed martial arts instructors, students pound away at bags with fist and foot, elevating their heart rates to fulfill the cardio-conditioning portion of the gym's signature national program. Participants occasionally pick up weights or jump ropes, but it's all part of the training to get back to the bag and make the stuffing rue the day it turned down the chance to fill a wild teddy bear.
Sportrock offers premier indoor rock climbing in an encouraging, welcoming environment. Sportrock's roster of classes, covering topics from basic skills to bouldering, will have you scaling peaks posthaste (basic skills course, $25; bouldering 101, $35). Safely scale rock-gym walls covered with state-of-the-art, textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks, right down to the crafty crevices and dramatic underhangs. Sportrock also offers special programs for kiddie climbers under the guidance of Sportrock's giant, watchful eye. The programs are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 and incorporate vertical iterations of popular games such as Sudoku, Boggle, and dominos (classes start at $5).
The multientertainment emporium fetes familial units with breezy outdoor activities in its spacious, well-manicured confines. Monday through Thursday, leisure seekers can line up for five games of miniature golf (a $7.50 value each), then tote a quintet of golf-ball-filled buckets (a $6.50 value each) to the award-winning driving range to satisfyingly launch a bevy of dimpled cosmonauts. Head to the batting cages with an armload of eight tokens to work on your follow through or fulfill long-dormant dreams of little-league stardom (a $1 value each).
Karate master Kancho Ninomiya adapted the classic techniques of his favorite fighting style to the needs of modern self-defense, creating the style known as Enshin Karate. The fast-paced style emphasizes constant movement, a blend of kicks and grappling take-downs, and techniques for facing multiple opponents at once. The practical nature of the street-savvy style appealed to a young Nima Mazhari, who discovered a dojo on his way home from school one day.
Mazhari joined the school hoping to learn to fight, but instead discovered the value of a determined work ethic. The lessons he learned in that dojo inspired him to excel in school, pass his college-entrance exams, and pursue his degree. He then decided to share the lessons he had learned with the world. He founded Enshin Karate to not only teach kids and adults his fighting techniques, but to help them discover how to be the best versions of themselves without relying on personality upgrades downloaded online.
Classically trained ballet dancers bestow their knowledge upon students at Sterling Ballet Academy. They teach ballet to students of all ages and experience levels, with special family classes for parents with children as young as 18 months. Each class fosters an improved sense of confidence and discipline, and teaches moves such as the plié or Macarena.
At Sterling Golf and Swim Club, golfers send balls sailing down the tree-lined fairways of an 18-hole, par 54 golf course, and swimmers backstroke across two 25-meter pools. For nearly half a century, club-wielders have traversed past water and dodged bunkers at the executive course, giving the pines and weeping willows ample time to flourish, and the nonprofit club itself has existed for four decades. Two kiddie pools flank the club’s two larger pools, enabling wee ones to practice breathing through their gills while their older siblings butterfly down lanes, and a game room provides indoor entertainment. An adult lounge lets weary golfers relax in peace, and the clubhouse’s pro shop outfits players searching for golf balls whose dimples perfectly match their own.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships, and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.
Today, Arthur Murray's team, in its 100th year of teaching, prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend jaunts in a fun setting that promotes learning, fun, self-confidence, and physical activity. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired with an instructor, who will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout programs, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a menu of 29 styles, including Latin and country western, helping students learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.