"One man's trash is another man's treasure" may be an overused saying to some, but to Art Rebel's crew of painters, it's a mantra. The instructors believe in dreaming up creative solutions to help the environment, and that includes teaching their students how to transform discarded items into masterpieces during eco-art classes. Nontoxic, eco-friendly paints grace paper and canvases in a variety of sessions with different themes, from graffiti-art to cartooning. Elsewhere, beautification meets youth outreach when Art Rebel's team teaches children how to paint public works and encrust their favorite foursquare court with bottle caps.
Made in LA founder Andrea Lawent “never heard ‘change’ and ‘comfortable’ in the same sentence.” While she encourages students at Made in LA to work at their own pace, she won’t accept them to give anything less than 100% of themselves and at least 20% of their imaginary friends. A veteran of the dance and fitness industries, she opened the doors of her Hollywood Blvd. fitness and rehabilitation studio—which is equipped with 35 spinning bikes and a 2,500 square foot private training gym—in 2008. Since then, Made in LA has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and has attracted a host of celebrity clientele including Carmen Electra and Laura Prepon.
Alongside a seasoned squad of fitness gurus, Lawent provides students with a wide variety of offerings that include her famous rock-and-roll themed spinning classes, boot camps, yoga classes, and personal training sessions. Students of any ability level perch on one of 35 spin bikes or take advantage of a 2,500 square foot private training gym
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Mark Bradford knows how to teach self-defense. He worked in law enforcement for 18 years, including time as an instructor for a federal law enforcement training academy. Nowadays, at his Brazilian jiu jitsu studio, Gracie Barra Hollywood, most of his students seek black belts, not badges. That's because he and his staff orchestrate six different Brazilian jiu jitsu training programs, including ones designed for kids and women. Each class relays the philosophies and teachings of founder Carlos Gracie Jr.