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Great Places To Get and Stay Fit

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Los Angeles is known for its healthy and beautiful people, many who make their living from fitness related careers. Just about any sport can be found in our great city and while there are plenty of places to exercise, the list below will inspire you to get fit, whether or not your job depends on it.

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CrossFit High Five
‪2312 Westwood Boulevard‬‬‬‬‬
‪Los Angeles, CA 90064‬‬‬‬‬
(310) 773-9481

Located on Westwood Blvd, CrossFit High Five (CFHF) is an outstanding CrossFit facility, where you'll get a great work-out and receive personal attention and support to help achieve your fitness goals. CrossFit is an all-inclusive strength and conditioning program for anyone who wants to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, regardless of their fitness level. A variety of body weight exercises are performed at high intensity within certain time limits and are universally scalable, whether you're a beginner or a more hard-core athlete. Classes at CFHF include the CORE Sessions (basic foundation class), CrossFit (premier class) and High Five X (high intensity interval training). All three of CFHF's founders are certified CrossFit trainers, outstanding athletes and super nice (plus, two of them are national level Tae Kwon Do champions). This intimate gym has a very supportive community of athletes, whose encouragement will make you want to come back for more – plus seeing the amazing results in your body, of course.

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The Bar Method
1950 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 481-0005

The Bar Method is one of the hottest, most talked about trends in exercise today that we hope is here to stay. Classes include one hour of interval training that targets muscle groups with a combination of small movements and multiple repetitions. Bodies are quickly reshaped when practicing the Bar Method: muscle groups are worked deeply and intensely and then stretched, resulting in a strong, lean dancer's body. The fast-paced form of interval training maximizes caloric burn during and after class and is accessible to students of all ages and varying body types. The Bar Method is also safe and therapeutic, as the certified teachers have a great knowledge of anatomy and physiology, helping students with proper body alignment and the exercises help to strengthen and repair muscles from previous injuries. Other benefits include: improving posture, strengthening bones and building a strong core. Several Bar Method locations can be found throughout Los Angeles and the country.

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Orange Theory Fitness
2091 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 788-9755

Orange Theory Fitness is literally all over the city, with locations from Pasadena to the beach and everywhere in between. So, you really have no excuse before or after work with the whole 'I don't have time' thing. This class is all the rage right now and will have you feeling like you've gotten a great workout. Forget the dumbbells and the traditional workouts though. Instead, this 60 minute workout session splits it into intervals of cardivascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track you intensity and how you're maximizing your burn. Gain strength, agility, and you'll also see visible results. And, you'll leave the gym feeling like you've accomplished something really great. It's one of those classes where other people in the class push you instead of making you feel like you're competing against them. It's a definite must-try!

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Yogis Anonymous
1221 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-9644

Choose from thousands of online yoga videos anytime at Yogis Anonymous for only $15/month. Or, if you'd rather join a live class with fellow yogis, try the Santa Monica studio for a variety of classes offered at different skill levels, which include: cardio flow, Kundalini, and even a Family Yoga class on Saturdays. One way to fly into fitness and stay there is with a Fly Strong yoga class from Kate Duyn Cariati, a graduate of Laughing Lotus Yoga, based in New York. She and Lotus Co-founder Dana Flynn host a "pop-up" with two open 90-minute classes at Yogis Anonymous that will be live streamed. The first will be Saturday, April 5th at 7PM with celebrated DJ Derek Beres and the second on April 6th at 10AM (no DJ).

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PKG Boxing
1401 Westwood Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 575-4500

Located in Westwood, PKG Boxing (which stands for Punch Kick Grapple), is LA's premier fitness training center for all things MMA and boxing. Also specializing in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, your workout here will be anything but boring and will help you stay fit. With PKG, you can choose your own workout plan from their classes as well. They offer classes for all levels of fitness and fighting experience so beginners are definitely welcome. Or, if you just want to add to your skill set, let one of their hands on trainers help you out!

Barry's Bootcamp

Barry's Bootcamp
1106 N La Cienega Blvd #104
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-6262

Known for shaping some of Hollywood's hottest bodies, Barry's Bootcamp will have your body fit in a blink of an eye. This boot camp uses state of the art equipment, and the best trainers to help their clients reaching their goals. Although it's been around a while now, Barry's Bootcamp remains one of the more popular venues for a great workout.

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Crossfit Hollywood
310 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-1045

With different versions across the city, Crossfit has been quickly growing as a popular workout routine. This hard-core ultra competitive workout offers a strength and conditioning program which will have your booty toned in no time. Fit for people of all ages, you will be coached from experienced trainers with a strong attention to detail and form to ensure that you maximize your results. There are various CrossFit gyms across Southern California, offering a lifelong love for fitness.

Liz Laing is a writer, web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on Liz Laing.
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