Classes in Walnut Park

$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

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$35 $20

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Five Private Dance Classes from Glamorous Productions (65% Off)

Glamorous Productions

Compton

Hip-hop, African, modern, praise, and jazz dance classes are offered for children aged 9–18

$250 $88

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Three Dance Classes from Downey Dance Center (65% Off)

Downey Dance Center

Downey

From the merchant: Three dance classes a week for one month; classes taught by highly trained professional teachers

$135 $47

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10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at SUDA Fit (Up to 55% Off)

SUDA Fit

Downey

Exercisers perform a battery of kettlebell, cardio, and endurance exercises in hour-long boot-camp sessions

$70 $35

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Bake a Seasonal Dessert Pie from Scratch with a Culinary artist

Dessert-Making Workshop

Wellington Square Farmer's Market

Culinary artist Tené Harris teaches students to make personal dessert pies, sending them home with sweet treats and dough

$45

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Build Two Custom Terrariums with Succulents and Air Plants

One-Hour Terrarium Making Class

Southeast Los Angeles

DIY expert Phillip Kuhn teaches guests to assemble their own unique terrariums with air plants, succulents, rocks, and personal objects

$48

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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

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

$100 $29

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Five or Ten Dance Classes at MNR Dance Factory (71% Off)

MNR Dance Factory

West Los Angeles

Dancers choose from classes such as jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet

$120 $35

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at InYoga Center (Up to 76% Off)

InYoga Center

Valley Village

Expansive yoga studio hosts more than 50 classes each week, including rigorous & beginner friendly class styles

$160 $39

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$1,600 for Yoga-Teacher Training with Michelle Mazur - Yoga Teacher Training ($4,200 Value)

Michelle Mazur - Yoga Teacher Training

Los Angeles

Learn the basics of yoga and how to teach it to others

$4,200 $1,600

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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One, Three, or Six Sewing Classes at 8-Limbs (Up to 56% Off)

8-Limbs

Echo Park / Silverlake

Skilled sewing instructors teach students the basics or guide them through making a clean-seamed project, pattern, or skirt

$75 $35

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

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$129.95 $49

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Four or Eight Hoop, Poi, or Staff Classes, or Admission to Fire-Eating Workshop at Fire Groove (Up to $ Off)

Fire Groove

East Hollywood

Fitness classes feature artistic hoop dancing or poi or staff spinning; learn the basics of fire eating in a safety-focused workshop

$90 $29

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Five Yoga Classes at FLX Physique (70% Off)

Flx Physique

Los Angeles

From the merchant: five group yoga or fusion classes and a private session to build strong and flexible muscles

$170 $51

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Four-Day Acting Course at You Inspire Me Inc. (60% Off)

You Inspire Me Inc.

Los Angeles

From the merchant: We provide a family friendly environment where children can find their purpose, identity and power as artistic leaders.

$100 $40

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Dance Classes at Dance In Motion (75% Off)

Dance In Motion G-way Fitness

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Two weeks of classes; classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and breakdancing; ages 2 1/2 to adult

$120 $30

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

Pure Barre Hollywood

Hollywood

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

$90 $40

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at Archer Pilates & Wellness (Up to 66% Off)

Archer Pilates & Wellness

Westchester

Reformer machines add resistance to core-building Pilates moves that are customized to suit each guest

$185 $69

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Woodland Hills (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Woodland Hills

Los Angeles

Fitness-centric classes utilize kickboxing techniques to burn away calories

$90 $15

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Granada Hills Martial Arts & Fitness (65% Off)

Granada Hills Martial Arts & Fitness

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Yoga, Pilates and Ballet Burn classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning

$100 $35

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3, 6, or 12 Personal Training Sessions at Faaland 2 Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Faaland 2 Fitness

Los Angeles

Personal trainer Paul Faaland helps make workouts more effective with one-on-one attention and tailored workouts

$240 $59

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5, 10, or 15 Aquatic Yoga Classes at H2Yoga (Up to 52% Off)

H2Yoga

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, Westside JCC

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

$85 $42

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One-Hour Painting Lesson at Golden Key Art (56% Off)

Golden Key Art

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Explore your artistic skills in relaxing one-on-one lesson with internationally renowned artist Tamara Balenko.

$50 $22

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5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club (Up to 75% Off)

Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club

Los Angeles

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

$90 $25

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

Combat Crossfit

Central San Pedro

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

$100 $39

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

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

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$45 $25

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Two Weeks of Hot Yoga Classes at Kinship Studios (65% Off)

Kinship

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Come experience our brand new State of the art, Hot yoga! Plus traditional elements, yoga therapy, Pranayama, enjoy!

$100 $35

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$59 for a One-Month Membership with Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Encino ($199 Value)

CrossFit Encino

Los Angeles

CrossFit gym offers a different Workout of the Day daily to help members improve their strength and athleticism

$199 $59

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One or Six Figure-Drawing Classes at M.D. Art Studio (Up to 58% Off)

M.D. Art Studio

Los Angeles

Adults or teens learn and practice skills in drawing the human form through 90-minute classes

$45 $19

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

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

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

$40 $20

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

Sweat City Fitness

Multiple Locations

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

$50 $19

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Ballroom Dance Lesson for Two or Two Wedding Dance Lessons for Two at Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance (Up to 74% Off)

Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance

Los Angeles

Dancing pairs learn the moves for the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and other dances; couples prepare for their first dance as newlyweds

$95 $25

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Two or Four 45-Minute Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at The Connected Dancer (Up to 50% Off)

The Connected Dancer

Multiple Locations

Dance lessons give a one-on-one introduction to a variety of Ballroom styles ranging from the tango to the Viennese waltz

$190 $95

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Seven-Day Musical Instrument Course at STAR Enrichment Center (50% Off)

Star Education

Los Angeles

From the merchant: The Listen: A Brief Exploration into Modern Art Music & Close Listening, Tues 6-7:30pm, Oct 28th-Dec 23rd, Adults 16+

$240 $120

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Private Tap-Dancing Lessons for One, Two or Four with Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio (Up to 69% Off)

Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio

Venice

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

$75 $28

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One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two at LA Fit Camp (Up to 73% Off)

LA Fit Camp

Los Angeles

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

$60 $18

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Three Dance Classes from SNOOKNUK Arts Cafe (65% Off)

Snooknuk Arts Cafe

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Specialized classes for kids from Musical Theater to Ballet Creation. Professional instructors in a Fun Creative space.

$60 $21

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

Latin Dance

Los Angeles

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

$90 $29

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Two Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Fitfean (75% Off)

Fitfean

Melrose

Certified personal trainers and wellness coaches help you reach your fitness ideal through functional exercise and nutrition

$150 $38

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Four or Eight Weekly Acting Classes at Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop (Up to 57% Off)

Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop

Complex Theatre

Small-group acting lessons with an experienced coach build students’ skills through scene work, exercises, and improv

$225 $99

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One or Three Two-Hour Intro Sewing Classes for Kids or Adults at Lilian Raven Clothing (Up to 56% Off)

Lilian Raven Clothing

Leimert Park

Students learn basic sewing skills including operating sewing machine, creating patterns, and threading

$60 $29

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

Got Trainer?

Los Angeles

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

$150 $29

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Two or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 63% Off)

Atwater Playhouse

Los Angeles

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

$70 $28

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

XTC Gym

Eagle Rock

Build strength and endurance in boot camp or kickboxing classes

$100 $39

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

Miho Naito Ballet

Westwood

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$350 $109

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

The Yoga Collective

Venice

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

$130 $45

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

Teagen Rose Fitness

Los Angeles

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

$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

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

$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

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

$90 $27

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

Juan Guadarrama Fitness

Los Angeles

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

$150 $53

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

Stand Strong 3d, Llc.

Valley Village

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$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

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

$120 $39

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Two or Four Private Personal-Training Sessions at Dylan Conrad Fitness (Up to 88% Off)

Dylan Conrad Fitness

West Los Angeles

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

$260 $40

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One, Two, or Three Four-Week Sessions of Classes at Core Conditioning CrossFit (Up to 81% Off)

Core Conditioning CrossFit

Pan Pacific Park

Instructors work with a small group of students for four straight weeks, sculpting and toning their bodies with a blend of intense exercises

$299 $59

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

Pop Physique

Multiple Locations

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

$95 $39

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

Rich LIFE Success Driven

Los Angeles

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

$115 $45

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

I Heart Kundalini

West Los Angeles

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

$432 $196

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

Mission: Renaissance

Multiple Locations

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

$216 $65

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

CrossFit Woodland Hills

Canoga Park

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

$150 $49

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$41 for $75 Worth of Personal Training at Go6Pack in North Hollywood

Go6pack

Los Angeles

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

$75 $41

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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

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

$396 $79

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

Sterling Studio

Hollywood

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

$240 $99

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

Westmor Dance Studio

Los Angeles

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$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

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

$430 $129

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One, Three, or Five Personal-Training Sessions at Elite Training (Up to 64% Off)

Elite Training

Mid-City West

NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist Steven Cook designs workouts and motivates clients to execute them

$100 $40

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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

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

$100 $49

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

Silver Lake Pilates Studio

Silver Lake

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

$120 $49

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at RA MA Institute (Up to 68% Off)

RA MA Institute

Los Angeles

Kundalini yoga and meditation classes help students exercise their body and calm their mind in a bright studio space

$145 $46

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Two, Four, or Six 60-Minute Private Yoga Sessions at Vitality Yoga (Up to 67% Off)

Vitality Yoga

Hollywood

Teacher who specializes in Yin yoga leads 60-minute private sessions to improve student's practice

$250 $99

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Six Training Sessions from not limits (70% Off)

Not Limits

Los Angeles

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

$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

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

$130 $49

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Six-Day Acting Course at The Young Rebels Acting Studio (45% Off)

The Young Rebels Acting Studio

North Hollywood

From the merchant: 1 course (six 2hr classes) for KID &TEEN actors, 7-18, taught by a highly trained teacher with an out-of-the-box style.

$300 $165

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

Morty fitness

Gym

Personal trainer motivates clients through exercises tailored to their fitness goals

$300 $55

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One Month of or 10 Mommy-and-Me Fitness Boot-Camp Classes at Baby Boot Camp (Up to 71% Off)

Baby Boot Camp - LA

Multiple Locations

New moms can use their babies in a stroller for this fitness program

$135 $39

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Drawing and Painting or Water Color Class at Kline Academy of Fine Arts (Up to 40% Off)

Kline Academy of Fine Arts

Palms

Instructors teach the basics of painting and drawing in an atelier-style studio

$75 $45

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

Liberation Yoga

Mid-Wilshire

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

$130 $39.99

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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

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

$150 $75

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

Fun Fit Factory

Woodland Hills

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

$149 $74

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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 Boulevard
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

With schools on the shores of the United States, China, and the Philippines, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) works to nurture the next generation of Hollywood’s elite. The academy's hands-on training, one-on-one attention, quality gear, and focus on all aspects of the craft, from writing to directing to performing, have earned it praise from the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Best Film Schools in the World. To put these means to use, IAFT hosts programs that can lead to certification or a diploma, as well as workshops that sharpen skills or introduce beginners to the world of the silver screen.

Yet for a student few things are more important than having a stolen answer key to their finals and an influential mentor. So IAFT stocks their faculty with experienced professionals such as Frederick Bailey. Bailey has directed more than 100 stage plays in theaters across the United States and has seen more than 20 of his screenplays become movies. He also holds a recurring role on the television soap Days of Our Lives and has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting in Japan and the Philippines.

1262 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles,
CA
US