Classes in Walnut Park

$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

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$35 $20

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10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at SUDA Fit (Up to 63% Off)

SUDA Fit

Downey

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

$70 $29

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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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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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Elevate Desserts with Rich Chocolate Ganache

Elevate Desserts with Dark-Chocolate Ganache

Wellington Square Farmer's Market

Culinary artist Tené Harris teaches students how use rich dark-chocolate ganache to craft truffles and sculpt eye-catching dessert finishes

$55

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Five or Ten Dance Classes at MNR Dance Factory (67% Off)

MNR Dance Factory

West Los Angeles

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

$120 $40

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at InYoga Center (Up to 78% Off)

InYoga Center

Valley Village

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

$160 $35

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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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Mix a 60-Second Dough and Bake Pizza with a Chef

Three-Hour Pizza Making Class

Westchester

Chef Patricia Rose shows you how to mix pizza dough in just one minute, before everyone adds toppings, bakes their pizzas, and shares a meal

$54

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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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5 or 10 Pure Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre Hollywood (Up to 61% 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 $35

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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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5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club (Up to 78% 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 $23

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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 or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 54% 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 $35

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

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

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$85 $38

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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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One, Two, or Three Four-Week Sessions of Classes at Core Conditioning CrossFit (Up to 85% 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 $48

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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

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$75 $41

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$80 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 $80

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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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Five Preschool Classes or One Month at Canyon Kids Preschool (Up to 64% off). Four Options Available.

Canyon Kids Preschool

Los Angeles

Staff aims to give children structured self development; assignments to teach responsibility and prepare them for school

$275 $99

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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 65% Off)

Get INtuit Yoga

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $43

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10 or 15 Yoga Classes at Silver Lake Pilates Studio (Up to 69% 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 $40

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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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10 Fitness Classes or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Whole Notha Level Fitness (66% 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 $44

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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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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 56% 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 $66

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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

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

$130 $65

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$53 for Three Pilates Reformer Classes and Three Group Studio Classes at Pilates & Arts (61% Off)

Pilates & Arts

Echo Park

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

$135 $53

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Two-Day Musical Instrument Course at Markus Illko Guitar Lessons (45% Off)

Markus Illko Guitar Lessons

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Two-day group guitar lessons for beginners; classes on Friday and Saturday every first and third week

$326 $179

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$57 for Two Weeks of Unlimited Group-Training Classes at The Training Loft ($112.50 Value)

The Training Loft

Los Angeles

Training courses focus on toning cores and increasing strength and stability for all fitness levels during group sessions

$112.50 $57

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Personal-Training or Indoor Rock-Climbing Sessions from BOLDFITNESS (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

BOLDFITNESS

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $35

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One Month of Acting Classes or One Hour of Private Coaching at BP Acting Studio (Up to 74% Off)

BP Acting Studio

Mid-Wilshire

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

$260 $80

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One, Two, or Three Hours of Private Crochet or Knitting Instruction at The Altered Stitch (Up to 50% Off)

The Altered Stitch

Valley Village

Knowledgable and friendly instructors teach beginners basic knitting and crochet techniques during private sessions

$65 $35

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$39 for an 50-Minute Flight Simulator Session at Fly The Dream ($89 Value)

Fly The Dream

Mid-Wilshire

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

$89 $39

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Five Yoga Classes at The Soul Shack Yoga (64% Off)

The Soul Shack Yoga & More

Los Angeles

From the merchant: Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through a refreshing, rejuvenating session of yoga.

$50 $18

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$27 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles ($108 Value)

Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

Mid-Wilshire

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

$108 $27

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

California Conservatory Of Performing Arts

Chatsworth

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$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

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

$60 $29

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5, 10, or 15 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Studio City (Up to 72% Off)

CrossFit Studio City

Studio City

Motivating instructors push you to your limits with CrossFit's system of high-intensity, functional workouts that change every day

$150 $49

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10 or 20 Customized Group Fitness-Training Sessions at SportfitLA (Up to 80% Off)

SportfitLA

Multiple Locations

45-minute group workouts incorporate everything from Pilates and meditation to CrossFit-inspired exercises and endurance drills

$200 $48

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Three or Five Introductory Circus Classes at Cirque School (Up to 46% Off)

Cirque School

Hollywood

Go-to school for Hollywood productions founded by Cirque du Soleil veteran fuses Pilates and acrobatics to teach students circus arts

$75 $46.99

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$66 for $120 Groupon — iJamesMichael Fitness

Ijamesmichael Fitness

Hollywood Hills

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$120 $66

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10 Yoga Classes or One or Six Months of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Still Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Still Yoga

Silver Lake

In a sustainably-built studio, instructors lead students of all levels through poses that focus on alignment and the mind-body connection

$120 $26

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$44 for a Six-Session CrossFit Build-Up Series at CrossFit Eagle Rock ($150 Value)

CrossFit Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Instructors introduce beginners to CrossFit’s fundamental movements over the course of two weeks

$150 $44

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$41 for Three Personal Training Sessions at Bam Fitness ($150 Value)

Bam Fitness

Los Angeles

Certified trainer helps fitness newbies and elite athletes alike reach their fitness goal, whether it’s to lose weight or increase endurance

$150 $41

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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90-Minute Flight Experience or 30-Minute Flight-Simulator Session at U.S. Aviators (Up to 76% Off)

US Aviators

Northridge

A ground lesson is followed by a flight or try a flight-simulator session with wraparound visuals

$660 $159

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Four-Hour Jewelry-Making Class at MOC Lab (56% Off)

Moc Lab

Los Angeles

Jewelry design workshop uses a 3D modeling computer program and laser cutting to design and fabricate custom jewelry.

$90 $40

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Four Intro Art Classes for Children or Teens and Adults at MEhnoosh art classes (Up to 50% Off)

Mehnoosh art classes

Multiple Locations

Child, teenage, or adult students discover artistic skills with easy-to-follow classes in painting and drawing

$120 $60

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Four or Eight Private Guitar Lessons at Westwood Carnaval Music School (Up to 52% Off)

Westwood Carnaval Music School

UCLA

Instructors teach students basic or more advanced guitar skills during private lessons

$160 $79

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10 Dance Classes from Sacred Circle with Soha Sharif (65% Off)

Sacred Circle With Soha Sharif

Tarzana

From the merchant: This is a group for anyone interested in spirituality, ethnic dance, unity, synergy, etc. All skill levels are welcome.

$200 $70

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$38 for $75 Toward piano, violin, voice, music production, or acting lessons

Renacer Entertainment Music Lessons & Performance Coaching

North Hollywood

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$75 $38

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One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Earth's Power Yoga (71% Off)

Earth's Power Yoga

Melrose

Seven days a week, instructors lead hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, power yoga, and other intense classes designed for athletic students

$140 $41

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$149 for $298 Groupon — LA Voice & Music

La Voice & Music

Crenshaw

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$298 $149

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes for One or Two at CrossFit Silver Lake (Up to 75% Off)

CrossFit Silver Lake

Mid-Wilshire

Seasoned CrossFit trainers guide students through a rotating lineup of high-intensity exercises designed to cultivate overall fitness

$180 $49

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5, 10, or 15 CrossFit Fitness Classes at CrossFit Synapse (Up to 67% Off)

CrossFit Synapse - North Hollywood

Los Angeles

CrossFit workouts draw from a pool of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio exercises to keep muscles guessing

$90 $35

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One or Two One-Hour Chess Courses for Beginners or an Online Chess Course from Chess University (Up to 74% Off)

Chess University

Los Angeles

Students review how pieces move and capture, setting up the board, and piece values; interactive diagrams, quizzes, and a final exam

$100 $35

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One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes or 10 Classes at Yoga Daya (Up to 76% Off)

Yoga Daya

Culver City

With up to a month of unlimited yoga classes, students can practice increasing strength and flexibility during Yoga and Pilates Classes

$165 $40

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$549 for $999 Worth of Acting Classes — Indie Lab Film Studios

Indie Lab Film Studios

Westlake

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$999 $549

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One-Month of CrossFit or Two Private CrossFit Classes at A4 Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

A4 Fitness

West LA / Mar Vista

High-intensity CrossFit classes combine elements of weight lifting, gymnastics, and interval training to maximize results

$220 $45

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$24 for $80 Worth of Fitness Classes — Butt N Gut

Butt N Gut

Mid-Wilshire

Personal training, Butt N Gut small group classes, nutrition coaching, and strength and conditioning.

$80 $24

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at One Down Dog (Up to 73% Off)

One Down Dog

Los Angeles

Unconventional yoga classes with cardio workouts, flowing sequences, and upbeat playlists

$150 $41

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Two Personal-Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from King Fitness (69% Off)

King Fitness

Los Angeles

We specialize in weight loss, weight gain, mass gain, and toning. We have boot camps and also provide a one-month meal plan.

$75 $23

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8 or 16 Yoga Classes at Silver Lake Yoga (Up to 71% Off)

Silver Lake Yoga

Silver Lake

In a sun-bathed studio, beginners to advanced students practice poses culled from multiple yoga styles

$90 $27

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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

In a gym, a personal trainer helps people who want to learn workouts that are customized to fit their lifestyles and goals. Beth Hirsch aims to offer her clients a similarly singular experience—but in the kitchen. She's a home chef who's been cooking and entertaining for more than 30 years, in addition to experience working for caterers and restaurants. Over the years, she's met parents who resorted to feeding their kids mostly prepackaged meals and fast food because they weren't confident in the kitchen. She's taken college students and newlyweds under her wing to teach them basic kitchen skills after they headed out on their own for the first time. Inspired by helping people learn the skills they need to eat and live better, she pooled all her knowledge and started The Cooking Coach 101, an in-home cooking school.

For each lesson, Beth paraglides to her clients' kitchens to teach them whichever kitchen skills they'd most like to learn. Her repertoire includes knife skills, how to make basic sauces, basic baking, and how to create all sorts of ethnic dishes, from Italian to Moroccan. She'll also take a look at their pantries and kitchens to help them get properly organized, as well as teaching them how to read recipes, create a meal plan, and shop for groceries effectively. For those who'd rather learn in a group, Beth also leads group classes inside Surfas Restaurant and Gourmet Food.

9016 Gibson Street
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