Six-foot obstacle walls tower over rows of barbells and bumper plates within Valley CrossFit's 15,000-square-foot facility. The gym strives to challenge all its members with diverse equipment, including seven climbing ropes, a 1,600-square-foot pro gymnastics floor, and a 48-foot-long pull-up and monkey-bar structure. Each CrossFit workout is designed to be challenging but can be scaled for participants of any fitness level, and the trainers constantly mix up class activities to keep bodies engaged. On any given day, members might find themselves swinging kettlebells, tossing medicine balls, or using rowing machines. Though group exercise is the core of the CrossFit program, coaches can also tailor the workouts even further during personal-training sessions.
Designer of suits worn on magazine covers such as GQ and Sports Illustrated, Élevée Custom Clothing sources fabrics from English and Italian mills to handcraft quality duds for discerning gents. Allow one of the on-hand tailors to consult and advise based on individual needs and fabric phobias before crafting a suit from the Biella Collection, fully tailored to every bodily curve, bend, and cul-de-sac.
Pearl Remodeling's sleuths scrutinize home foundations in a two-hour hunt for cracks, movement, rot, and termite damage. With today’s deal, a team of two investigators will arrive on the scene and immediately examine the quality of the connection between the house framing and the concrete foundation, which may be compromised due to soil movement or recent terra-tremors. The integrity of beams and piers the house sits on will also be called into question. Next, gas shut-off valves will be checked and tended to with the gentle love and attention normally reserved for new cell phones. Within five business days of the household probe, homeowners receive a detailed email that includes photos taken on site and commentary outlining any problems or issuing abodes a clean bill of health. If repairs are needed, the Pearl Remodeling team can give an estimate for the services required.
Realizing their community's limited resources for foundational art education, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art was founded in 2002 as a portal for blossoming art students to sharpen skills with the help of talented, professional artists. Thus, an eclectic team of instructors took shape through a hand-selection process that yielded skill sets from the realms of fine art, entertainment, and paint-by-number calculus. Now in its 10th year of art education, the school—named a top 10 school worldwide by American Artist in Nov. 2011—acts as a springboard for students pursuing degrees in fine arts or the digitally driven video-game and film world of entertainment art. Individual classes afford à la carte education for beginning and advanced students of sculpture, drawing, painting, and illustration. Regardless of the field of study, LAAFA seeks to assist all students in completing advanced degrees at other institutions, accessing local art resources, and solving Van Gogh's tricky magic-eye series.
At 6,500 square feet, House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts houses the vast array of training equipment and sparring space required by their schedule of classes in eight martial arts. In the gym’s elevated boxing ring, students and trainers work through the jabs and hooks of boxing and muay thai, and the mat-covered floor is home to arjukenpo karate, escrima, and general fitness classes.