Located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, Budget Pro Bicycles is an unassuming bike shop tucked into the corner of a low-slung strip mall. Inside, rows of hanging wheels line the ceiling, while bike parts, accessories and riding gear make up the front portion of the storefront. There are ready-to-ride bicycles available for sale as well, set into rows and organized by style and age range, which makes Budget Pro a perfect shop for a child’s first set of wheels. There’s even a small service shop, which tunes, repairs and maintains bikes for some of the many riders throughout the neighborhood. And as a bonus, Budget Pro guarantees their repair work for a full 30 days, which means you can be riding in style – and with peace of mind – in no time.
Throughout the day, Fitness For Life’s dance studio fills with upbeat music. One hour it’s classical, folk, and funk during Bollywood class, and the next it’s Polynesian drumbeats and reggae during Hot Hula class. This varied selection of music is needed to create the appropriate mood for the studio’s equally varied selection of dance-fitness classes, which includes yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. And in addition to being entertaining and expressive, the group workouts are also effective. They are designed to improve the body as a whole, which means developing cardio, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, flexibility, and the ability to taste protein in marshmallows. The studio also offers personal training and a relaxing lounge area with free Wi-Fi, apples, and lemon water.
XTC Gym combines classic martial-arts training with a touch of something more lyrical. Instructors teach kickboxing, jujitsu, tae kwon do, and muay thai boxing, but also the Brazilian dance/fighting hybrid capoeira and aerial fitness. Accordingly, punching bags and swinging hoops alike hang from the ceiling of the brightly lit, 6,500-square-foot space, requiring that front-desk staff keep watch for monkeys trying to sneak in. An impressive weight room complements regimens of cardio kickboxing or boot-camp classes.
During her time as a fashion model, Donna Michelle D'Aurio knew the importance of staying in shape. But, when she became a trained fitness instructor, she quickly learned the importance of being both fit and healthy. With this philosophy in mind, Donna established Bella Fitness as a mobile fitness company in 2006. Since then, the company has grown into a fitness business where a staff of personal trainers, dance instructors, sport coaches, and nutritionists designs customized fitness plans for everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Within the studio, clients can work up a sweat in semi-private Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TRX, and dance cardio classes that reflect Donna’s own group fitness certifications from the Arthritis Foundation, SilverSneakers, PiYo, and YMCA. For younger clients, kids' yoga and Zumba classes are also available. At the other end of the spectrum, personal training sessions provide one-on-one attention as exercisers focus on mastering specific fitness routines or strengthening their levitation abilities. Bella's facility is also equipped with a Korr Reevue breathing test, which determines resting metabolic rates, as well as plenty of space to host training courses on CPR and fitness instruction.
If you play tennis, racquetball, squash, paddle tennis or badminton, the Racquet Doctor in Atwater Village has everything you need for your sport of choice. From clothing, shoes, racquets, balls, sports bags and backpacks, the Racket Doctor has been serving Los Angeles athletes since the 1970s. Playing to the theme, staff here wear medical-looking scrubs while re-stringing or re-gripping racquets. Their knowledge is equally as helpful, offering tips and guidance to novice players looking to up their game. An annual sale in October has lines going around the block, though everyday prices are just as competitive as many online retailers, and you don’t have to pay for shipping.
With so much vibrant blue ocean nearby, a simple, mobile dive certification operation like LA Dive and Ride makes perfect sense. Owner Andy Brohard has spent years in the water, first as an enthusiast and later as a certified SCUBA instructor, offering lessons to beginners looking to master the art of the dive themselves. Newbies begin with an online education program, then practice their dive skills in serene, safe pools around Los Angeles. From there, four dives off Catalina Island indoctrinate newcomers into the real-life world of scuba diving, all while Brohard or members of his staff watch carefully. Both private and group sessions are available, and LA Dive and Ride occasionally schedules club meetings every month with guest lecturers, screenings related to diving and the ocean, and other cool events.