AdventurePlex has developed an easy recipe for lifelong healthy habits: an early start, plenty of space, and plenty of fun things to do. They've also discovered that this recipe works just as well on parents as on children.
Outside AdventurePlex's 16,000-square-foot facility, a 35-foot-high rock-climbing wall stretches across 1,630 square feet of climbing area so that families of grapplers can train to scale mountain summits or tickle the Statue of Liberty's chin. A ropes course similarly fosters teambuilding and confidence 20 feet above the ground. Indoors, a five-level AdventureRoom play structure preps wee ones for a future of healthy living and boardroom obstacle courses with its network of mazes, tunnels, slides, and ball pits. In 2013, the play structure won a Best of the Beach award from Easy Reader for Best Indoor Play Facility.
The AdventurePlex crew curates a variety of activities, including birthday parties, fitness classes, and summer adventure camps that keep muscles and minds engaged in a fun, safe environment. Parents, meanwhile, can surf the Web on AdventurePlex's WiFi?but Zumba classes for ages 16 and older let them find some "me time" without taking clones out for a romantic night on the town.
After years spent volunteering for nonprofit fundraisers, Fit On founders Franca Stadvec and Angela Bennett understood the power of people coming together for a shared purpose. When that purpose became supporting each other in their journey toward better fitness, Fit On Studios came into being. The studio hosts intimate group classes to maintain a supportive atmosphere in a space illuminated by picture windows and vibrant earth tones.
During cycling sessions, guests climb onto adjustable Schwinn bikes to burn fat and clear their minds by focusing solely on their workout and the inspirational bumper stickers on the bike in front of them. The center also focuses on joint-friendly exercise, such as barre classes that use low-impact, focused movements to tone lean muscles and improve balance, and TRX suspension training that builds strength by leveraging the body’s own weight.
Tracy Coe established Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics Inc. Pilates Studio in 2003, drawing on her career experience in medical conditioning and physical therapy to forge a Pilates studio that aims for overall wellness. Aboard specialized machines, including TRX equipment, the Reformer, Combo Chair, and Cadillac, the staff of certified teachers leads exercises suitable for all ages. Breathing work syncs up with movement techniques to increase strength and harness balance and flexibility. All of the customizable, full-body workouts can adapt to different body types for a customized workout, with specific classes tailored toward experienced athletes, newbies, expectant mothers, and those rehabilitating from injuries. Nutritional-guidance appointments based on customized Quantum Nutrition programs identify harmful habits such as fire eating to reshape both lifestyles and physiques.
At Level 10 Fitness, trainers developed a philosophy around 10 principles—such as get out of your comfort zone, commit to your goals, and let go of programmed limitations—to transform the way clients view fitness and their own bodies. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Meredith Miller opened the gym in the hopes of introducing newcomers to their own unimagined reserves of strength.
Fellow trainers hold collective experience studying exercise physiology at college, as well as training NFL and MLB athletes and playing "Carol of the Bells" on kettlebells. Daily Candy praised the workouts' innovative blend of exercises, writing that they "incorporat[e] computerized resistance machines with good, old-fashioned action like running tractor tires, pulling ship rope, and sprinting." Clientele includes Olympic gold-metal athletes, local volleyball teams, and out-of-shape treadmills.
Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.
Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.
The team behind The Yoga Loft has taught students to use yoga to open their hearts and minds since 2002. The experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to bringing an intentional yoga practice to clients. Wake up with the sunlight streaming through the studio windows in the mellow Morning Yoga class, which uses slower moves aimed at quieting the mind to prepare it for the day. Or learn to link breath with energetic movements in a Vinyasa session. The Yoga Loft also has teacher training programs, yoga workshops, and ongoing events.
Located in the center of the city, the airy Yoga Loft studio features new maple floors, 1,400 square feet of space, and soaring 28-foot ceilings.