The Los Angeles of today is almost unrecognizable from the city that existed 125 years ago. A few things remain the same, however, including the pillars of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility promoted by YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Since the first LA branch opened in 1882, the Y has worked to promote positive change in the lives and wellness of its members, both young and old.
The four core values: Caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility
The locations: 25 branches spread across Los Angeles County
Group exercise: The Y's fitness instructors teach more than 90 kinds of classes, including yoga, group cycling, and high-intensity interval training
For the kids: Age-appropriate exercise classes, recreational sports, camps, arts programs, and childcare for when parents are in their own classes
For everyone: Fitness classes, swim lessons, sport leagues, and other programs that strengthen the bonds between parents, children, and community members
A sense of fun and excitement builds the moment kids arrive at Fitness by the Sea, where the experienced and dedicated staff (average age of 28) schedules a daily rotating lineup of more than 80 activities for campers ages 4–14, all in a beautiful beachside setting called "the safest beach camp I have ever seen" by the Chief of LA County Lifeguards.
Youngsters can choose to to swim, go surfing, play soccer, make arts and crafts, or even put on a magic show, no highly trained rabbits required. The staff members aren't passive observers, either; they join in on the activities to foster a positive, supportive atmosphere.
Don't limit yourself: Vert in Santa Monica is the perfect place to test your strength, endurance, and drive.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this gym's restaurant for high-class food.
The perfect place to take the kids, this gym won't cost you a sitter.
Patrons can also enlist the help of personal trainers for individualized coaching and one-on-one work outs.
You'll feel the satisfying burn after a cross fit workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Thanks to Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, more than one million families have found themselves more flexible, more physically fit, and healthier since 1975.
In the decades since opening their doors, the school has developed more and more programs to cater to diverse community members. Even their trampolines and padded floors welcome everyone from toddlers to adults and beginners to professional-level competitors capable of cartwheeling for miles.
As for the teaching staff, the school's coaches come from across the world (14 different countries in total), and each has completed multiple certification courses, including those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That experience guides them in each one of their gymnastics programs, whether it's a class for parents and their toddlers, an adult parkour class, or a gymnastics camp for kids with special needs.
Although the workouts at Valley Crossfit are designed to be challenging, they can be scaled for participants of any fitness level. Adding to the engagement, the trainers constantly mix up class activities. On any given day, members might find themselves swinging kettlebells, tossing medicine balls, or using rowing machines to reenact Titanic's riveting canoe-race scene. Although group exercise is the core of the CrossFit program, coaches can also tailor the workouts even further during personal-training sessions.
Valley stages the group and private workouts at its 15,000-square-foot facility in Van Nuys and its new 3,000-square-foot facility in Reseda. Highlights of the larger gym include 6-foot obstacle walls, seven climbing ropes, a 1,600-square-foot pro gymnastics floor, and a 48-foot-long pull-up and monkey-bar structure.
Six-foot obstacle walls tower over rows of barbells and bumper plates within Valley CrossFit's 15,000-square-foot facility. The gym strives to challenge all its members with diverse equipment, including seven climbing ropes, a 1,600-square-foot pro gymnastics floor, and a 48-foot-long pull-up and monkey-bar structure. Each CrossFit workout is designed to be challenging but can be scaled for participants of any fitness level, and the trainers constantly mix up class activities to keep bodies engaged. On any given day, members might find themselves swinging kettlebells, tossing medicine balls, or using rowing machines. Though group exercise is the core of the CrossFit program, coaches can also tailor the workouts even further during personal-training sessions.