Los Angeles’ Spectrum Athletic Club is a three-story full-service gym, located at the Howard Hughes Center near the 405. The spacious club offers clean, updated equipment in addition to a wide variety of exercise classes, and free parking is available in the adjacent lot. The first floor houses the lobby, a café that serves healthy post-workout fare and a large pool that offers aquatic classes. There’s also a Kids Club, where members can leave their children while working out. Well-appointed locker rooms feature keyless lockers and unlimited towel service, which come in handy on the second floor, where you’ll find the majority of weightlifting equipment and group exercise rooms. Options include yoga, dance, cycling and kickboxing, each helmed by upbeat instructors and pulsing with motivating music. The third floor has numerous cardio machines outfitted with personal TVs and cable, and offers wide views of the rolling Los Angeles landscape.
Sweatfit LA’s co-owners, Brian Tucker and Sam Lopez, both hold personal-training certifications, which they use to create workouts that blend both exercise theory and fitness training. During personal-training sessions and small-group training classes, they design workouts that incorporate dynamic, stationary, and ballistic movements to maximize caloric expenditure and help clients achieve a sculpted body. The rest of the Sweatfit LA team rounds out a full menu of classes that includes cardio kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, and Pilates.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started BodyWorks Lifestyle as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
BodyWorks Lifestyle also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can’t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym’s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
In addition to selling cheeky T-shirts, CBC Fitness makes workouts accessible to everyone through online weekly exercise routines and toning group classes every Saturday with trainer Jessica Cheeks. Jessica also fashions custom workouts during personal-training sessions, which happen at clients' favorite parks or gyms.
The Gym@Hayden is a loft-like, 5,500-square-foot fitness facility staffed with certified fitness professionals who are determined to help their clients feel supported along their fitness journey. Offering kickboxing, circuit-training, and boot-camp group classes, along with cardio and strength-training equipment, The Gym@Hayden strives to be a laid-back place that helps its clients get in, work out hard, and get on with their lives.
Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.