West Coast Boot Camp's Adrian Pietrariu is at his best during the heat of athletic competition. Not content with dominating opponents during taekwondo matches, Adrian assembled a team of seasoned instructors that now forms the core of WCBC’s training staff. Their signature boot camp meets in places such as beaches and parking lots to get hearts pumping and calories burning. Adrian also helps individuals unlock inner combatants with martial-arts classes, achieve their athletic aspirations with one-on-one coaching, and learn the difference between a basketball and an overripe cantaloupe with sport-specific training.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.
This 13.1-mile run takes you through the heart of Hollywood, along the Walk of Fame. Runners are welcome to come as they are, or dress up as your favorite celebrity. After your run, travel in comfort to the post-race awards ceremony in a limo party bus to receive your beautiful finishers medal.
Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasure, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. In service of that goal, the company organizes a variety of novel races that range from city scavenger hunts for the casual adventurer to creative triathlon courses for the ambitious athlete.
Scavenger Blitz, for instance, turns exploring one's city into a fun, fast-paced race scattered with clues, obstacle courses, and riddles. Racers in teams of at least two scour the urban jungle in search of 12 clues, which can include challenges, riddles, or orders that need be completed before crossing the finish line. Some send racers hunting for a snapshot in front of a landmark, whereas others challenge them to complete some special feat, such as conquering an obstacle course on stilts. The Mad Mud Run challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course littered with manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. Extreme Heat Adventure Races combine equal parts triathlon and scavenger hunt to create a 10–12K journey filled with running, river rafting, and mystery challenges that could pit teams against anything from blindfolded puzzles to wall climbs. Most Sierra Adventure Sports events encourage racers to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.
Zagat describes the Los Angeles Brewing Company as "a dramatic space, with a ceiling that seems to ripple, a mezzanine reached by marble and wrought iron stairs, a bar long enough to accommodate 100 beer taps––and many secrets." This is a nod to the restaurant’s enigmatic basement, riddled with Prohibition-era tunnels and old vaults pocked by machine-gun holes. Owner Ralph Verdugo, who gutted the historic Chapman Building himself to make way for his delicious venture, recalls pulling once-hot lead from the cellar walls. His labors are part of a citywide effort to bring back the Broadway corridor’s bygone splendor and restore it to the destination it was when it hosted the city’s first Spartan gladiatorial games in 1924.
Four humungous projection screens hang above the bar like billboards and cast more than 100 taps in a sports-fueled glow. Though the proprietors think of the restaurant as a beer-lovers’ oasis (it has a beer club and crafty offerings such as Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout), no expense is spared on the American comfort menu, which sources farmers' market produce for heirloom-tomato and fresh-fruit salads, as well as succulent medleys of fresh veggies. Hand-cut garlic fries can also be found wrapped like flower bouquets in conical tissue—ideal pairing for pairing with brewery burgers, bourbon barbecue with garlic aioli, and salty-sweet caper rémoulade.
BOLDFITNESS owner Jeff Archibald offers functional fitness regimens such as weightlifting, core training and body-weight exercises. Jeff helps clients of all ages and abilities get in shape, reach their full athletic potential, recover from injuries, or train for sporting events. With scenic workouts along the Santa Monica Mountains, Jeff may take clients walking, hiking, running, and mountain or road biking. Shorter workouts may take clients to unconventional locales such as the 4th Street Stairs in Santa Monica, an ideal setting for full-body conditioning. But Jeff doesn't eschew traditional fitness facilities entirely—he regularly works with individuals in homes, at a health club, and at an indoor rock climbing venue. But at some point between reps, he'll likely suggest a trip outdoors for cardio training.