The atmosphere is charged with energy at the Kinetic Cycling studio, where flat-screen TVs play music videos and surround-sound speakers blast upbeat tunes. Soft lights beam up from the floor, bathing the rows of students pedaling away on stationary bicycles in blue and purple. During classes, an energetic instructor sits atop a bike in front of students, guiding them through the challenging workouts while providing inspiration and motivation.
Since it first set down roots in Venice in 1995, Boardwalk Skate & Surf has equipped adrenaline junkies and tourists with surfing, skateboarding, and biking gear by top brands. Shoppers can fit themselves up with an Arbor, Penny Nickle, Sector 9, or Z-Flex skateboard with a hip design, and then match their new deck to a pair of skate shoes or sandals. The shop also has a department dedicated to rentals, giving patrons the option to take a surfboard, bicycle, or pair of inline skates out for a spin, so long as they return it before it gets homesick.
The certified instructors at Breakaway Indoor Cycling suffuse cycling lessons with Pilates techniques to build sleek muscles while burning calories. During 50-minute classes, trainers craft varied rides that focus on reinforcing the core, developing endurance, and powering grain mills through continuous cycling. Hosted by pedalers with miles of on-road and in-studio experience, sessions are scheduled on mornings and evenings throughout the week. Onsite parking for vehicles of the four-wheeled variety is $2 Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free at all other hours.
Pacific Pedal Cruiser's 14-person cruiser bikes help passengers work up an appetite as they power the pedal-equipped vehicle toward Hermosa Beach restaurants and bars under the guidance of an experienced driver. As tunes lilt from the bike’s iPod-equipped sound system, passengers work their way toward pit stops at bars, such as Patrick Molloys, Underground Pub & Grill, Barnacles Bar and Grill, and other area establishments, refueling with dining and drink specials before resuming their breezy cruise. Bikes welcome the collected members of a bachelorette party or birthday fete for camaraderie-filled private tours or forge new friendships between couples and people tired of waiting at the impound lot during public tours.
One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.
With shark-fighting season coming up before you know it, today’s Groupon gets you back in shape to deliver the old gill/eye one-two knockout. For $35, you get four weeks of boot-camp classes at Kick It Up Boot Camp. This is a special four-week session set up just for Groupies. You can schedule three days a week ($199 value) or five days ($299 value). Each day’s session consists of one hour of motivated ship-shaping. Choose your number of days based on your superhero-battling agenda, the stage of the moon, and your body’s limits. Just call the number on your Groupon to set up a schedule that works for you and your instructor.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.