It’s that time again to say goodbye to the Peppermint Joe-Joe’s and hello to your new fitness goals. But this can actually be something you look forward to—there are so many unique ways to work out in LA, you’ll never have to set foot on a treadmill. We’ve rounded up a few of the best spots to break a sweat and have some fun, so this is the resolution you actually look forward to keeping.
Busy moms don’t have time for twenty different classes a week in order to work every muscle. XO Fitness founder/creator Sara Lewis gets that, which is why she developed a 50-minute program that squeezes in everything you need for a full-body workout. Pilates, ballet, cross-fit, yoga, boxing and more, are all incorporated into the routine that will leave you energized and stronger to carry your little ones around.
Details: Classes are offered daily between 6a.m.-9p.m. Single classes are $25, or you can pay a monthly fee of $95 for unlimited classes. The first class is free so you can try it out.
13950 Ventura Blvd.
photo: Brandon M. via Yelp
Tae Ryong Taekwondo School
With heart-pumping cardio and high swinging kicks, Taekwondo gives you an excellent workout and teaches you some butt-kicking self-defense skills. If you don’t want the pressure of working towards a belt, Tae Ryong also offers a high intensity interval training class for adults that teaches techniques without the commitment. Besides being one of the best studios in the city, it’s also one of the most family-friendly. If you need to tote the kids along, there’s a playroom with toys and a TV for kids to hang out in, or they can just join you in the workout room, jogging and stretching along with you. There are also kids and all-ages classes if they want to get fully immersed in the action.
Details: Classes are offered at various times Monday through Saturday. Monthly tuition ranges from $250 – $315, depending on your membership.
11600 San Vicente Blvd.
photo: Aerial Warehouse
Channel your inner acrobat and workout like you’re training to be in Cirque du Soleil. The classes are a full-body work out, that will build strength and flexibility in muscles you didn’t even know you had, all while you have some fun bouncing around on a trampoline and dangling from the rings and silks hanging from the ceiling. No matter what your skill level there are a range of classes available, including aerials, trampolining, parkour, acrobatics and dance.
Details: Classes are offered at various times all week. Prices vary depending on the type of class, but single classes start at $40 per class or you can purchase a pack of classes starting at $175 for five.
3961 Sepulveda Blvd. #100
photo: Purre Barre Downtown LA
A ballet barre and some awesome tunes is all you need to break a sweat and tone your muscles. Focused on low-impact, isometric exercise, classes at Pure Barre are all the same level, (which means you can take any class anytime, which is a bonus for busy moms) with basic movements anyone can accomplish. That doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged; the deeper you do the moves, the more intense the workout will be.
Details: One hour classes are offered daily, schedules vary based on location. You can purchase an unlimited pass for $179 a month, four classes per month for $69, or 8 classes for $119.
Pure Barre has a dozen locations across the city including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Woodland Hills, and Downtown.
photo: Sandbox Fitness
Your kids can tell you that a sandbox is fun for playtime, but it can also offer a great place to exercise. If you’ve ever tried to run on the beach you’ll understand why exercise on a room full of sand can give you an excellent workout. At Sandbox Fitness, founders David and Mina Herskowitz have brought the sand indoors for an intense workout that provides a bonus of being easy on your joints (something moms can appreciate with all that joint shifting during and after child-bearing). The classes offered include TRX, circuit training in the sand, and Surfset—a core-building workout on a balance board in the sand.
Details: Classes are 45 minutes to an hour and are offered daily at various times. A single class is $22 or you can purchase 5 sessions for $100, 10 for $180, or 20 for $300. You can take a trial class to start for free. As a bonus, Sandbox Fitness also offers kids classes so the whole family can get their workout at the same spot.
13557 Ventura Blvd.
photo: Aqua Cycle Corp.
Forget that dull stationary bike in your bedroom that doubles as a clothing rack, and hit the pool for a bike ride instead. Aquacycling is a high-intensity, cardio workout that minimizes muscle soreness so you won’t be too achy to keep up with the kids the day after. Bike to the beat of energizing pop tunes, all while in the water; more fun than you can imagine and easy on the knees without making you feel like you enrolled in old lady water aerobics.
Details: One hour classes are offered Monday through Friday from 4pm-9pm. Classes are $35, ($15 for your first class), or you can purchase 6 classes per month for $120.
14708 Hawthorne Blvd.
Finding time to exercise —let alone get a workout that’s fun— when you have a tiny tot at home can be really hard. At Little Knights, the new parent and me center at Camelot Kids, you can get in an exciting workout and bring your little one along. Unlike some of the kids’ spots at big box gyms, the Little Knights playspace is awesome and you can watch your kids through a giant glass window as you exercise. The daily morning classes offered include aerial fitness training, boxing, barre, and Zumba, so you can switch it up as often as your toted-along tot trades toys.
Details: 45 minute classes are offered weekday mornings at 8:15am. You can purchase a five-class pass for $150, 10 classes for $250, or 15 for $330.
2880 Rowena Ave.
What’s your favorite workout that is new and never bores? Share any we missed in the comments.