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65-year-old Judith Harris hadn't worked out a day in her life. In her testimonial on CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle's website, she says, "It was with absolute fear that I entered a gym for the first time, knowing I needed help, but not having any idea what to expect." Jessyca Slaymaker, the center's owner and head trainer, worked with her to devise a personalized fitness regimen, then helped her build the confidence to push herself past her preconceived fitness barriers. Today, Judith is down to 5% body fat and can curl a 15-pound dumbbell. "What I am learning from [Jessyca] has impacted my life beyond the gym," she says. "I give her the highest recommendation."

This is just one of the success stories from CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle, where experienced teachers and trainers forge fit bodies in the seasoned and inexperienced alike. For parents with small children, Jessyca and her certified staff host Mommy & Me yoga sessions and the Tiny Jammers music class, which keeps little ones engaged with creative music activities while parents work out. Jessyca calls on her prenatal fitness certification to lead Baby Bump Bootcamp, which keeps expectant mothers healthy and helps stave off the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Naturally, CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle also offers a host of classic fitness classes, leading students through everything from restorative yoga to medicine ball workouts. Morning Mix Flow vinyasa yoga classes help detox the body with vigorous poses and breath work as ballet barre sessions harness the lengthening and strengthening powers of traditional ballet techniques.

14252 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

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.

11601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 105
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Quench the Fire Run was originally started to raise money for the USC Pain Center, which strives to treat patients with RSD and other chronic pain diseases with the best patient care possible?while also educating patients, medical professionals, and the community about these debilitating ailments. Racers can run or walk a 5K or 10K course that finishes in Lake Balboa Park to raise awareness of RSD.

6350 Woodley Ave.
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Signature service: James Weisman

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Workout-friendly clothing - Closed-Toe Shoes - Water bottle (optional).

12045 National Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US

No matter their athletic ability, kids aged 4–12 can get something out of Sports Champs' multiplatform day camps. That's because in addition to helping kids hone speed and strength in a number of sports––including basketball, field hockey, track, and volleyball––the CPR- and first-aid-certified counselors also encourage them to start thinking about sports-focused careers. Weekly guest speakers give fun and interactive lessons on broadcasting, management, nutrition, and physical therapy, to name a few.

2368 Pearl Street
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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.

3944 Lankershim Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US