Things To Do In Sherman Oaks

Up to 78% Off Yoga and Tai Chi Classes

Heal and Soul Yoga & Tai Chi

Encino

$99 $35

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With several classes offered daily, students can choose a level of yoga comfortable for them or practice tai chi's moving meditation

Up to 82% Off at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jistsu

Sherman Oaks

$270 $59

Students gain discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills in high-impact Brazilian jujitsu classes

Up to 55% Off at Dance Revolution

Dance Revolution

Lake Balboa

$50 $25

Highly experienced instructors teach students of all abilities salsa dancing techniques in a lively group environment

Up to 80% Off Latin Jam Fitness Classes at Shape It Fitness

Shape It Fitness

Encino

$150 $39

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Shed pounds and build lean muscle while dancing to latin music

Up to 73% Off Yoga at CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle

CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle

Sherman Oaks

$75 $20

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Fitness center hosts vinyasa flow, candlelight, and restorative yoga classes

59% Off LaBlast Fitness Dance Fitness Classes

LaBlast Fitness

Sherman Oaks

$95 $39

Shimmy and shake your way to a lithe dancer's body during dance fitness classes created by Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars

45% Off Sports Camp

Cardiobody Fitness

Valley Village

$55 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 53% Off Tricking, Parkour, or Tumbling Classes

Joining All Movement Center

Reseda

$65 $32

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Martial-arts tricking draws on gymnastics, capoeira, and tae kwon do; parkour and tumbling classes taught by coaches featured on TV

Up to 70% Off at Bikram Yoga Encino

Bikram Yoga Encino

Encino

$75 $25

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Challenge yourself during Bikram classes that flow through 26 poses in 90 minutes; classes are held seven days a week as early as 6:45 a.m.

Up to 73% Off Classes at Pulse Fitness Studio

Pulse Fitness Studio

Sherman Oaks

$100 $29

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Fitness studio run by celebrity trainer offers full-body workouts such as boxing and cycling that focus on variation

Up to 87% Off Yoga Classes

Yoga Shelter

Studio City

$150 $20

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Founder Eric Paskel and family of instructors lead classes that strengthen students physically and mentally

Up to 79% Off Yoga Classes at Mesmerize Studio

Mesmerize Studio

Studio City

$350 $75

Yoga students enhance their strength, flexibility, and coordination in group sessions or one-hour private classes

56% Off Martial Arts

Martial Arts Training Academy

Van Nuys

$50 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Tony Yoo's La Taekwondo Center

Encino

$475 $261

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 81% Off Self-Defense or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Gracie Barra Encino

Encino

$175 $39

Learn MMA self-defense skills and the grappling fighting style of Jiu Jitsu under the instruction of top-level professional athletes

Up to 54% Off Group Golf Packages

Van Nuys Golf Course

Lake Balboa

$60 $29

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Two courses riddled with challenging hazards and featuring lighting for late-evening rounds

Up to 63% Off Fly-Casting Lesson

Fishermen's Spot

Van Nuys

$50 $25

Private lessons and semi-privates for two, tailored to students’ skill levels, teach casting techniques with included shop gear

Up to 76% Off at Valley Crossfit

Valley Crossfit

Reseda

$125 $49

Coaches lead challenging CrossFit workouts that can be scaled for all fitness levels

Up to 82% Off CrossFit at Steel Barbells

Steel Barbells

Sherman Oaks

$125 $29

Courses practice functional movement to help students train smarter, instead of harder

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As a child in Buenos Aires, Angel Echeverria would sit on the porch of his family home and watch his aunt and uncle dance the tango. Music often spilled into the streets of his neighborhood, where many tango musicians lived. By the time he was a teenager in the early 1960s, Angel began studying the tango himself, and nearly 50 years later he founded The Tango Room Dance Center with Julie Friedgen. Like Angel, Julie grew up watching her parents’ Argentine friends dance tango at parties, and eventually became a ballet and flamenco dancer. Though she didn’t begin learning the tango until 13 years ago, once she started she immediately knew it was the dance to which she would devote the rest of her life.

Not surprisingly, The Tango Room is dedicated to the Argentine style of dance; many of the instructors hail from Argentina and lead classes in traditional, contemporary, waltz, and milonga variations. On Saturday nights the school transforms into El Encuentro—which translates to “the encounter”—a fast-paced dance party modeled after the tango clubs of Buenos Aires. Beyond tango, the school also hosts classes in salsa, belly dance, and R & B line dancing as well as Zumba and bujinkan, a Japanese martial art.

4346 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

At Max Fitness Academy, coaches and certified personal trainers team up to devise custom nutrition and exercise programs around individual goals. Coaches tailor meals and workouts, and personal trainers mandate movements in a contemporary gym, which sports strength and cardio equipment alongside mirrored walls and a boxing ring. Guided by a unique Bodymap system, the team outlines nutrition needs and charts progress from each client's very first pushup until they reach their goal of bench-pressing a semitrailer. Specialized programs cater to specific demographics, including new or expectant moms, future brides, and current kids.

The fast-paced workouts of group kickboxing and cross-fitness classes merge socialization and sweating. Kickboxing enlists dynamic combos of kicking, punching, and cardio to chisel entire frames and shed up to 1,200 calories in an hour. Cross-fitness classes tone bodies and improve endurance with light lifting and cardiovascular maneuvers, preparing clients for an upcoming race or attempt to rob Fort Knox.

15037 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

When Darren Levine received his first Krav Maga black belt in 1984, he wasn't the first man to have worn that particular piece of fabric. The belt originally belonged to the man presenting it to him: Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. Darren had had the good fortune of learning the self-defense technique from Imi himself, and eventually became one of Imi's most trusted practitioners, developing training programs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and military personnel throughout the U.S.

In 1998, just one year after his beloved mentor passed away, Darren founded Krav Maga Worldwide to meet growing demand from curious civilians. The hand-to-hand technique is focused on reacting to realistic attacks, and teachers use scenarios inspired by everything from military combat, to late-night walks alone, to heated matches of Whac-A-Mole. Darren and his team lead various programs tailored for law enforcement and military members, women, fitness buffs, and even children, and they also offer certification programs for those looking to become instructors.

15060 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks,
CA
US

Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.

At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.

17031 Ventura Blvd
Encino,
CA
US

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.

16926 Saticoy St
Van Nuys,
CA
US

A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.

18399 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana,
CA
US

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