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Earning all types of praise, including an endorsement from Los Angeles magazine as an exceptional boutique gym, Toluca Lake Tennis Club and Sports Center aims to live up to its reputation. Its private outdoor courts, surrounded by foothills and coniferous trees, play host to amateur and professional baize-ball endeavors. Tournaments include the Grey Goose Singles Challenge, where players compete for tickets to the U.S. Open, and more whimsical pursuits such as the Wimbledon Woodie Tournament, where players of all levels slap wooden rackets against oncoming woodpeckers.

Back in the fitness center, patrons cycle through a bevy of amenities. Swimmers battle the elements in a 60-foot indoor lap pool during aqua boot-camp classes and open swim, or they singe lounge-about calories with the cardio room's clutch of treadmills, Precor ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Wrangling the power of peer encouragement, trainers lead groups through fitness classes that range from Zumba to outdoor boot camp.

6711 Forest Lawn Dr
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Established: 2000

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Brands Used: Wilson

Pro Tip: Bring comfy tennis shoes and a bottle of water. Don't forget to bring your smile.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Private lessons

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Tem, Tennis Teacher

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Just come with an open mind. We go over the basics when we have new students.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

That over 99% of our students improve. They usually end up in competition at the high school level, satellite, or open level tournaments.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Watching a student grow and improve year to year. Not just [in] tennis skills, but [in] other attributes such as practice, dedication, loyalty, respect, and perseverance.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We offer private lessons if you need extra help in the class.

4212 Clubhouse Dr
Lakewood,
CA
US

On 12 sunny courts at Arcadia Tennis Center, certified instructors help students learn the fundamentals of tennis and hone their playing skills. Under new management as of June 2012, the staff is dedicated to new beginnings, organizing group lessons for both juniors and adults, each with a low student-to-teacher ratio to ensure individual improvement. In addition to the beginners' lessons, Arcadia Tennis Center hosts youth summer camps and regular leagues, which merge healthy competition with the sport's social aspects, much like a football game's halftime debutante ball.

405 S Santa Anita Ave
Arcadia,
CA
US

Wherever Johnny Allen goes, you're likely to find the sounds of tennis players hard at work: shuffling feet, the rhythm of an extended baseline rally, maybe even the occasional grunt. But you'll also hear the melodies of upbeat tunes—a staple of all Johnny Allen Tennis instruction that underscores his program's emphasis on fun and positivity as motivational tools. Although playing music during every lesson may be an unorthodox stroke, it's fueled a program that now helps more than 400 students improve at seven locations. Allen's success is evident in the many top junior players and scholarship college athletes who have graduated from his program.

241 West Dawson Avenue
Glendora,
CA
US

Based on the breadth of talent at Fuel Rx Fitness & Wellness, you can tell the center cares about a balanced, holistic approach to health. On any given day, you may find fitness instructors leading cardio-heavy boot camps, nutritional counselors creating personalized eating plans, and massage therapists alleviating aches with a handful of modalities. Meanwhile, a chiropractor realigns spines with adjustments, and a life coach assesses personal goals before doling out advice on which side of the bed is best to wake up on.

13238 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

The ring of international flags that circles Allen & Sons Table Tennis Club is more than just a decoration. It's a testament to the sport's global popularity and the club's international coaching staff. A highly decorated roster of coaches conducts lessons at the club, led by Fovad Kaseb, former coach of Iran’s national table-tennis team, and Bella Livshin, a US Open and US Nationals champion who has been coaching since 1968. The instructors lead beginners and experienced players through drills on eight Butterfly Centerfold tables, each approved by the International Table Tennis Federation for tournament play. Players enjoy the air-conditioned space with an olympic-style floor designed for table tennis as they work up sweats rallying with opponents or practicing volleys with the Newgy robot—a system that serves balls across the table to the player, catches them in a net upon return, and can never feel emotion. Allen & Sons also offers a live video feed of their club.

21915 Sherman Way
Canoga Park,
CA
US