Classes in South Gate

One Month of Morning Meltdown Fitness Classes for One or Two People at FitcampLA (Up to 64% Off)

FitcampLA

South Gate

$159 $59

High-energy morning workouts designed to help shed pounds; nutrition service included

$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

$35 $20

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Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Painting & Vino - Los Angeles (Up to 51% Off)

Painting & Vino (LA)

Multiple Locations

$45 $25

Professional artists give step-by-step instructions that teach guests how to recreate works of art while enjoying wine and cocktails

Make & Create Saturday Craft Session for One or Two from Camp DIY (50% Off)

Camp DIY

Los Angeles

$60 $30

Children create their own craft project, such as a chalk painting, clay figurine, origami piece, or button artwork.

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Griffith Park

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

$1,600 for a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Program from Yoga Teacher Training ($4,200 Value)

Michelle Mazur Yoga Therapy

Los Angeles

$4,200 $1,600

Certification program covers Vinyasa practice, yoga philosophy, and ayurvedic healing

$40 for a Hands On Three-Hour Cooking Class at Hipcooks ($65 Value)

Hipcooks

Multiple Locations

$65 $40

Students participate in the preparation of gourmet dishes before sitting down to eat at this studio that emphasizes taste over recipes.

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

5 or 10 Women's Kickboxing Bootcamp Classes at Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing (Up to 76% Off)

Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing

Hollywood Dojo

$100 $29

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Slam fists, feet, elbows, and knees into pads with muay thai moves spliced with Pilates, yoga, and strength conditioning

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$99 for One Month of Acting Classes at Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio ($200 Value)

Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio

Hollywood

$200 $99

Experienced acting coach helps students hone skills such as character development and script analysis during weekly classes

5 or 10 Pure Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre Hollywood (Up to 56% Off)

Pure Barre Hollywood

Hollywood

$90 $40

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Full-body workouts of Pure Barre fitness classes utilize a ballet, pilates, & yoga movements to create long, lean & toned bodies

10 Boot Camp Classes or 5 or 10 Weeks of Classes at Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" (Up to 87% Off)

Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!"

Multiple Locations

$175 $24

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12 outdoor locations host early-morning boot camps that eschew screaming and exhausting exercise in favor of motivating people for the day

5, 10, or 15 Aquatic Yoga Classes at H2Yoga (Up to 55% Off)

H2Yoga

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, Westside JCC

$85 $39

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Heated indoor pool eases tension and limbers muscles as students build strength and flexibility in creative yoga sessions

5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club (Up to 80% Off)

Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club

Los Angeles

$90 $20

Exercisers follow the lead of experienced fitness instructors in classes ranging from calm, body-lengthening yoga to intense boot camp

Five- or Ten-Class CrossFit Pass at Combat Crossfit (Up to 66% Off)

Combat Crossfit

Central San Pedro

$100 $39

Coaches guide exercise routines that combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques to build strength and versatility

120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$45 $25

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 55% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

$40 $20

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Sweat City Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Sweat City Fitness

Multiple Locations

$50 $19

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Trainers vary routines for every session of their 20-25 person outdoor boot camps

Private Tap-Dancing Lessons for One, Two or Four with Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio (Up to 61% Off)

Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio

Venice

$75 $35

Instructor Mark Marchillo guides students through the principles of percussive footwork, accommodating beginning to advanced dancers

One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two at LA Fit Camp (Up to 71% Off)

LA Fit Camp

Los Angeles

$60 $19

NASM-certified trainers motivate clients of all fitness levels through fun, challenging workouts

Two-, Four-, or Six-Class Punch Cards at Latin Dance (Up to 91% Off)

Latin Dance

Los Angeles

$90 $29

Learn salsa, cumdia, bachata, and merengue dances from Latin-dance instructor with more than 16 years of experience

10 or 20 Yoga Classes or One Year of Unlimited Classes at Yogala Studios (Up to 62% Off)

Yogala Studios

Multiple Locations

$130 $49

Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga; inventive classes like Yoga and Sound, which uses healing vibrational sound from gongs, tuning forks, and voices

Two, Four or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Got Trainer? (Up to 85% Off)

Got Trainer?

Los Angeles

$150 $29

Trainer designs a workout program to help clients lose weight, build muscle mass or recover from injury

Two or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 54% Off)

Atwater Playhouse

Los Angeles

$70 $35

Led by a veteran director, the workshop focuses on breaking down new scenes, creating a character, and delivering consistent performances

10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Fitopia L. A. Fitness Studio (Up to 74% Off)

Fitopia L. A. Fitness Studio

Los Angeles

$150 $49

Students torch calories in Zumba, kickboxing, cross-training, boot-camp, and small-group-training classes

5 or 10 Boot Camp or Kickboxing Classes at XTC Gym (Up to 63% Off)

XTC Gym

Eagle Rock

$100 $39

Build strength and endurance in boot camp or kickboxing classes

$109 for $350 Worth of Dance Lessons — MIHO NAITO BALLET

Miho Naito Ballet

Westwood

$350 $109

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$45 for 10 Yoga Classes at The Yoga Collective ($130 Value)

The Yoga Collective

Venice

$130 $45

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Experienced instructors lead a variety of challenging, flow-based yoga classes in this downtown Venice studio with access to parking

$45 for an 80-Minute Flight Simulator Session at Fly The Dream ($89 Value)

Fly The Dream

Mid-Wilshire

$89 $45

F-16 simulator creates vivid flying experience using 180-degree field of vision views, replica seats, and cockpit with 100+ functions

$39 for Five Pilates Classes at Club Pilates ($80 Value)

Club Pilates

Los Angeles

$80 $39

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Classes use Reformer, Springboard, & EXO chair apparatus to enable a full body workout, strengthen abdominal muscles, & boost flexibility

6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Teagen Rose Fitness (65% Off)

Teagen Rose Fitness

Los Angeles

$180 $63

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$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

$85 $38

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One, Three, or Five 60-Minute Signature Artavia Workouts at Artavia Massage & Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Artavia Massage & Fitness

Eagle Rock

$90 $27

Personal trainer to athletes helps you reach fitness goals with personal training sessions that blend yoga, boxing, and core exercises

$53 for $150 Worth of Personal Training — Juan Guadarrama Fitness

Juan Guadarrama Fitness

Los Angeles

$150 $53

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Stand Strong 3D (70% Off)

Stand Strong 3d, Llc.

Valley Village

$20 $6

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month Unlimited Yoga Classes for One or Two Hollywood Power Yoga (Up to 68% Off)

Hollywood Power Yoga

Hollywood

$120 $39

Three styles of yoga taught by five instructors who emphasize the importance of challenging the body and balancing the mind

Two or Four Private Personal-Training Sessions at Dylan Conrad Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Dylan Conrad Fitness

West Los Angeles

$260 $49

Burn fat and build muscle during customized personal-training sessions that provide students with one-on-one attention

One Month of Membership or Unlimited Cross Training Classes at Wilfit Sports Club (Up to 77% Off)

WilFit Sports Club

WilFit Gym

$195 $45

Memberships grant access to strength-straining &cardio equipment, while cross training classes build broad fitness through varied exercises

$39 for Five Body-Sculpting Classes at Pop Physique (Up to $95 Off)

Pop Physique

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Students sweat to indie and hip-hop tunes during high-intensity strength and flexibility workouts designed around ballet-barre exercises

Five Dance or Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at The Gym@Hayden (66% Off)

The Gym@Hayden

Los Angeles

$85 $29

Gain strength and flexibility in these dance and yoga classes offered in a laid-back neighborhood gym

10 or 20 Sessions of Oceanside Meditation and Lite Yoga with Time Out (Up to 72% Off)

Time Out

Multiple Locations

$130 $39

Join the group at the beach, where instructor Tiffany leads relaxation sessions that help you work on body and mind

Six or Eight Fitness Boot-Camp Sessions at Rich LIFE Success Driven (Up to 63% Off)

Rich LIFE Success Driven

Los Angeles

$115 $45

Outdoor boot camps enlist equipment such as resistance bands, free weights, and Bosu balls to strengthen bodies and burn calories

Four or Eight 60-Minute Private Yoga Sessions at I Heart Kundalini (Up to 61% Off)

I Heart Kundalini

West Los Angeles

$432 $196

Relax and heal in private outdoor Kundalini yoga sessions led by an energy healer and certified yoga instructor

5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at UEvolution (Up to 62% Off)

UEvolution

Downtown Los Angeles

$95 $45

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Pilates reformer equipment helps tone and build long, lean muscles while supporting your core; small group classes of five or less

Introductory Painting and Drawing Classes for Kids, Teens, or Adults at Mission: Renaissance (Up to 71% Off)

Mission: Renaissance

Multiple Locations

$216 $65

Introductory art classes utilize the Gluck Method of instruction, teaching basic drawing and painting techniques to students of all ages

Five, Ten, or Fifteen Classes at CrossFit Woodland Hills (Up to 72% Off)

CrossFit Woodland Hills

Canoga Park

$150 $49

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Students exceed personal fitness goals with a full-body, high-intensity exercise program that blends strength, cardio, and stamina training

Four or Six Personal-Training Sessions plus One Month of Gym Access at Prime Fit Elite (Up to 83% Off)

Prime Fit Elite

Los Angeles

$396 $79

Personal-training sessions provide one-on-one attention with customized fitness programs; sessions are supplemented by regular gym access

$99 for Five Child or Adult Acting Classes and Personal Evaluation at Sterling Studio ($240 Value)

Sterling Studio

Hollywood

$240 $99

Acclaimed Hollywood coach leads acting classes for children and adults, and provides coaching to help build performance skills

$42 for $120 Worth of Dance Lessons — Kova Ballet Conservatory

Kova Ballet Conservatory

Los Angeles

$120 $42

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$35 for $100 Worth of Dance Lessons — Westmor Dance Studio

Westmor Dance Studio

Los Angeles

$100 $35

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$129 for a Flying Lesson with Classroom Time, Simulator Time, and In-Plane Instruction at Encore Flight ($430 Value)

Encore Flight

Northridge

$430 $129

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An FAA-certified instructor teaches in a classroom and inside a simulator, before taking students up in a plane for real-world instruction

One or Three 90-Minute On-Location One-on-One Personalized Women's Yoga Sessions at Get INtuit Yoga (Up to 60% Off)

Get INtuit Yoga

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

Seasoned instructor leads personalized sessions at scenic public parks, leading women through invigorating, flexibility-boosting yoga poses

One Month of Multidisciplinary Acting Classes for One or Two at Integrative Arts Studio (Up to 61% Off)

Integrative Arts Studio

Melrose

$150 $59

Classes blend skills such as movement, improv, scene study, cold reading, and TV and film acting to help artists advance their careers

10 or 15 Yoga Classes at Silver Lake Pilates Studio (Up to 62% Off)

Silver Lake Pilates Studio

Silver Lake

$120 $49

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Yoga instructors lead Vinyasa flow classes inside a Pilates studio, where a piano waits in the lobby for a maestro to tickle its ivories

Six Training Sessions from not limits (70% Off)

Not Limits

Los Angeles

$400 $120

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10 Fitness Classes or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Whole Notha Level Fitness (62% Off)

Whole Notha Level Fitness

Winnetka

$130 $49

Participants exercise in small, motivating groups during fat-burning workouts, cardio-kickboxing classes, or a high-intensity boot camp

10 or 20 Boxing Classes at Bam Fitness (Up to 91% Off)

Bam Fitness

Los Angeles

$600 $59

Instructor guides students of all levels through punching, self-defense, and footwork exercises to improve speed, fitness, and confidence

5 or 10 60-Minute Personal Training Sessions at Morty Fitness (Up to 82% Off)

Morty fitness

Gym

$300 $55

Personal trainer motivates clients through exercises tailored to their fitness goals

$28 for $50 Groupon — Body By Gia Fitness Studio

Body By Gia Llc

Eagle Rock

$50 $28

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5 or 10 Teens' CrossFit Classes at Golden State CrossFit (Up to 85% Off)

Golden State CrossFit

Sherman Oaks

$125 $19

CrossFit workouts challenge youths with strength, agility, and endurance exercises that are geared to their individual age and ability

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Liberation Yoga (Up to 69% Off)

Liberation Yoga

Mid-Wilshire

$130 $39.99

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This award-winning yoga studio hosts a wide variety of class types, including hatha yoga, flow yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga, and more

10 or 15 Power Vinyasa Yoga Classes Plus Protein Shakes at Urban Lotus Voice and Yoga and Nutrition (Up to 56% Off)

Urban Lotus Voice and Yoga and Nutrition

Sherman Oaks

$150 $75

After invigorating power vinyasa yoga classes, students sip on nutritional protein shakes

One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Fun Fit Factory (Up to 50% Off)

Fun Fit Factory

Woodland Hills

$149 $74

Blast calories in dance classes or boot camps, sculpt muscles during Chisel or barre sessions, or stun in your dress after a wedding workout

$15 for Five Weeks of Outdoor Fitness Boot-Camp Classes at Northridge Early Birds Bootcamp ($150 Value)

Northridge Early Birds Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$150 $15

A certified personal trainer rises with the sun to help students sculpt fit figures with cardio circuits and resistance exercises

10-Class Yoga Punch Card or Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at The Balance Center (Up to 51% Off)

The Balance Center

West Los Angeles

$130 $65

Small class sizes let experienced yoga instructor personalize poses to be gentle or challenging

$59 for Three Pilates Reformer Classes and Three Group Studio Classes at Pilates & Arts (56% Off)

Pilates & Arts

Echo Park

$135 $59

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Instructors lead classes in subjects from Pilates Reformer to cardio boxing to tai chi inside a dedicated group fitness space

10 or 20 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at LA BeachFit (Up to 84% Off)

LA BeachFit

Multiple Locations

$147 $25

Burn fat and build muscle in these challenging boot camp and CrossFit outdoor fusion sessions

$140 for $280 Three Personal Training Sessions — GSB Personal Training

Gsb Personal Training

$280 $140

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Six Training Sessions from Stay Ready Fitness (45% Off)

Stay Ready Fitness

Redeem from Home

$600 $330

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 Personal-Training or Indoor Rock-Climbing Sessions from BOLDFITNESS (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

BOLDFITNESS

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Certified trainer designs custom workouts in a regular gym or teaches introductory rock-climbing sessions on an indoor wall

One Month of Acting Classes or One Hour of Private Coaching at BP Acting Studio (Up to 62% Off)

BP Acting Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$260 $99

20-year veteran Barry Papick has coached actors for The West Wing and The Wire; take group classes or a private lesson

Nutrition Class and Optional Physique Kickstart Package at Physique4Fitness (Up to 57% Off)

Physique4Fitness

On Location

$150 $69

Instructors push patrons on the path toward healthier lifestyles with nutrition classes, further motivating them with custom nutrition plans

10 or 15 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Yoga NoHo (Up to 70% Off)

Yoga NoHo

North Hollywood

$130 $39

Stretch and twist during relaxing yoga classes, such as Restorative Yoga, or burn calories and tone during Yoga Boot Camp

In-Home Music Lessons from Heritage Home Conservatory (Up to 63% Off). Three Options Available.

Heritage Home Conservatory

On Location

$140 $59

Flute, piano, banjo, guitar, and voice are just a few of the options students can choose to practice during in-home music lessons

$29 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles ($108 Value)

Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

Mid-Wilshire

$108 $29

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Certified instructors emphasize correct alignment during classes that build strength, stamina, and flexibility

$25 for $45 Groupon — California Conservatory of Performing Arts

California Conservatory Of Performing Arts

Chatsworth

$45 $25

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Two-Hour Intro Acrylics Painting Class for One or Two at Ann Bridges Art Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Ann Bridges Art Studio

Mid-Wilshire

$60 $29

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Veteran artist & teacher leads pupils through acrylic painting basics, helping them create light & mix colors to complete own canvas

10 or 20 Kettlebell, Kickboxing, MMA, and Conditioning Classes at SoCal MMA & Fitness (Up to 87% Off)

SoCal MMA & Fitness

Eagle Rock

$250 $43

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Professional trainers lead kettlebell swings, women's kickboxing strikes, and CrossFit-inspired conditioning workouts

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Montebello Barnyard Zoo's animals are like rock stars, touring local homes and meeting places for one-on-one encounters and shows. Pony rides headline this traveling attraction, which also incorporates a petting zoo with various farm animals: goats, sheep, chickens, and even a llama.

The animals still spend the most time at their home venue, however. Here, fenced off areas contain larger animals such as cows and zebras, who always show up to work wearing the same black-and-white outfits. Bales of hay, wooden barrels, and a large, red barn create a rustic setting for picnics and birthday parties. Nearby, a merry-go-round spins endlessly and a truck?decorated to resemble a locomotive?pulls train cars on a tour of the grounds.

600 Rea Dr
Montebello,
CA
US

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

245 S. Main St
Venice,
CA
US

DanceGardenLA was created by Zahra Zuhair and Jenna, who have been belly-dancing since childhood and have travelled the world accumulating impressive professional credits. Zuhair has trained in traditional folk and Eastern styles?including Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, and Tunisian?but her specialty is Egyptian belly dance, which she has studied with some of the top teachers in Cairo. She has also been featured on the cover of Zaghareet! magazine and has written, directed, and choreographed productions as the artistic director of the Ghazella Dance Company and Po Na Na Dance Theatre. Jenna acted as a goddess bellydance instructor on an episode of Sex and the City, and made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show and the Food Network program Aarti Party. She has also starred in several bestselling belly dance-instruction DVDs.

Thanks to their more than 50 years of combined teaching experience and a talented team of award-winning instructors, the studio was named the Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydancing in 2012 by LA Weekly. The site recommended instructor Princess Farhana's "witty repartee (and Hollywood rock-scene anecdotes)," and described the predominantly female atmosphere as "always encouraging, never intimidating." The crew teaches classes including classic and tribal-style bellydance, Bollywood, and cutting-edge dance fitness such as Bellyquake and E5.

3191 Casitas Ave., Suite 112
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classes?and eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. His three adrenaline-inducing arenas challenge climbers of all skill levels with more than 28,500 total square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.

The gyms devote one-third of their space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles, and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experience?and a background in conversational mountain goat?guide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on belaying basics, and progresses through technique instruction and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gyms also have a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.

11866 La Grange Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Jay Kerwin knows a thing or two about making it through a tough regimen. A certified skydiver, scuba diver, pilot, and EMT, he was also one of only seven to graduate from the Air Force’s Pararescue Special Operations Indoctrination program––a course that begins with about 500 candidates. Now known as “the Major,” he helps build confidence and stronger bodies at Boot Camp LA, instilling his students with the same kind of motivation and work ethic that led him to win several national bodybuilding competitions and open pickle jars with ease.

Atop the plush grass and unforgiving concrete surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum park, new and experienced recruits tone muscles as sneakered feet beat the ground during military-style drills that include running, strength workouts, and circuit training. Classes are lead by Jay and his wife Marcella, an athlete since age 10 and fondly referred to as “the Lieutenant.” Together, they work with men and women of all ages and fitness levels, developing workouts and offering nutrition advice. Recruits can train before the sun rises with classes ending before 10 a.m., or shake off sweat and workplace stress as the sun sets during an evening class. Aside from helping students lose weight, the Major and Lieutenant help them start or end each day with positive reinforcement, staying away from the yelling, belittling, and mama insulting often associated with traditional military-style boot camps.

5801 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The founders of Liberation Yoga were probably flattered when their studio was named one of LA Weekly's best yoga studios in 2013. But it wasn't the highest honor they'd ever received?in 2007, Travel+Leisure crowned Liberation Yoga one of the best studios in the entire world.

Those are just two of the numerous awards the studio has accumulated since it opened in the early 2000s, right when the '90s fitness craze of teasing hair until your arms gave out began to decline. Perhaps the praise is due to the fact that the majority of its yoga instructors boast more than a decade of experience. Or maybe it's because they focus solely on yoga while still offering a wide variety of classes types. That class range includes from gentle styles of yoga, which relieve stress, to flow classes, which challenge the body with rigorous, Vinyasa-style movements, to classes specifically designed for families and toddlers.

Or maybe it's the classroom itself?a bright, mystical place where mismatched dark and light hardwood slats cover the floors, natural light pours through the windows, and a sky-blue ceiling slants toward the outer wall. Touches such as tree-like wooden poles, greenery and flowers, and brown vines complete the fairytale look, making the studio a magic place in which to move and obtain inner peace.

124 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US