#ToplessSummer: 10 Sweat-Inducing Workouts In SoCal
By Caitlyn Trudnich
There’s no better time than now to get that summer body you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, or mix up your fitness routine, there are so many different and exciting work-out programs to try!
So put on your Lululemons and grab your towels – here are 10 sweat-inducing workouts near you:
You Spin Me Right-Round, Baby, Right-Round
Right now in LA, fitness fans and celebs alike are flocking to spin class. The ever-so-popular classes really pump up your heart-rate with motivating instructors that really push you to pedal your way to a great body. Check out SoulCycle! $30 per class (first class, $20). 8570 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-657-7685; Also at 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310-559-7685; 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-675-7685; 120 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-622-7685
Hoop It Up
The novelty of hula-hooping is no longer just for kids, new workout program, Hoopnotica utilizes the classic toy to create effective, sweat-inducing and calorie burning exercises. The Hoopnotica program is available on DVD for at-home work outs, and in-person classes are now available at the Lowes Hotel in Santa Monica. 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-899-4040, $20 single class
Ohm It Out
Bikram Yoga really turns up the heat – literally. Originally created by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, this method implements a room heated at 104°F, with a humidity of 40%. There’s no question that you won’t be sweating in this class! This technique improves blood flow and rids the body of toxins – perfect for after one too many drinks at that summer BBQ. Check out their many SoCal locations, including, 700 W. 1st St., Downtown LA, 213-626-9642, first unlimited month, $49; 518 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310-318-2647; 2903 W. Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, 310-821-3638
Gloves On, Pounds Gone!
Turn your body into a force to be reckoned with kickboxing. The combination of boxing-style techniques, mixed with strength and endurance training, gives you a full-body workout that tones your entire body! Perfect for achieving that beach body you’ve always wanted. And, not to mention the tools to self-defend! Check out Bodyshop Fitness and Wellness Center, 263 W. 7th St., San Pedro, 310-567-7066, $10 per class
Run Fun In Runyon
Tons of SoCal locals know that the best place to run/walk with friends is Runyon Canyon. Located near the Hollywood Hills, Runyon is known for its beautiful, scenic views of Los Angeles. It features several different routes for hikers, which vary in difficulty – Runyon Canyon Road (easy), the Star Trail (medium), and the Hero Trail (difficult). You can also bring your dog along for your work out, as Runyon is pet friendly! 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-666-5046
Raising The Barre
Always wanted that dancer’s body? You can now become lean, strong, and toned with barre classes. These classes use the essential ballet tool, the barre, which promotes strength and control of your body, which helps in stretching and strengthening muscle, as well as perfecting posture. Celebs like Kelly Ripa and Ashley Benson are fans. Check out The Bar Method, 1950 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA, 310-481-0005; Also at 13050 San Vincente Blvd., Brentwood, 310-899-1109; 8416 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 323-651-2226. $25 single class
Race For A Good Cause
What’s better than getting a great workout while raising awareness for a good cause? This summer, there are many marathons and walks to participate in, that benefit awesome charities and organizations, including: Autism Speaks/Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, August 30-31, Anaheim; Komen Orange County Race For The Cure, September 28, Newport Beach; Run 10 Feed 10 Fun Run, September 28, Los Angeles
No Pain, No Gain!
If you love to challenge yourself physically, then taking a boot camp class will be for you. Celebs like Kim Kardashian enjoy getting an intense work out session including interval training, where you are pushed to train your hardest, in order to achieve maximum results. Check out Barry’s Boot Camp, 1106 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-360-6262 $24 single class
Standup paddle boarding is not only for leisure, it actually helps you engage your core and improve overall muscle tone! Now there’s also a new way to exercise on a paddle board, and it’s called Paddleboard Yoga. This workout engages muscles differently than on a regular flat surface, as you are balancing on the board while maintaining yoga poses and positions. Check out YogAqua, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, 805-283-9642, $39 single class
Cross[Fit] My Heart
A major trend in the fitness world is cross fit, which combines high intensity interval and strength training and conditioning. Men and women alike are now shaping up and getting fit through exercises such as power lifting and box jumping. Check out Dogtown CrossFit, 2890 La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, 310-558-4496, $25 single class