That New Year resolution of “fit back into my skinny jeans” really kicked off the year with a bang, but somewhere along the way many of us fell off the workout wagon and went from being pressed juice swilling fitness queens to left over chicken nugget scarfing, sweat pants wearing super moms. Well, with bathing suit season upon us, we’ve made it super easy for you to get back in shape by digging up some awesome gyms in the Los Angeles area that not only are great spots to get back in shape, but also provide safe and reliable childcare. Now you really don’t have an excuse for not breaking a sweat!
Breakthru Fitness, Pasadena
This full service boutique fitness gym started by husband and wife team Phil and Michelle Dozios, is best known for it’s individualized attention and that everybody knows your name small town feel. Voted best gym in Pasadena by the Pasadena Weekly , childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) is provided by experienced childcare professionals and there is a special workout program just for kids ages six and up. After the fun, grab a smoothie at the smoothie bar.
Crescenta/Canada YMCA, La Canada
This very family-oriented gym has everything a parent could want. Two free hours a day of childcare (for ages 6 months to 10 years) is included with membership and the playroom is equipped with a multitude of toys, books, arts and crafts and a great staff that works to keep the kids entertained. The facility offers gymnastics and swim lessons for kids and in the summer months the place is buzzing with activities for young summer campers. A definite plus- the gym has separate boys/dads, girls/moms, and a family locker room, in addition to the men’s and woman’s locker rooms.
Westside Family YMCA, West LA
This gym is a popular place for Westside families who not only appreciate the full-service gym, but also love the many kid-friendly activities offered. Not only do they offer free childcare (for ages 6 months to 10 years) while moms and dads workout, they also offer Itty Bitty Sports for kids ages 3-5, and family group activities including camping, hiking, and music and play groups for kids of all ages. Parents get to enjoy a wide variety of group fitness classes led by top-notch teachers.
Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, Hollywood
Clubhouse YMCA offers arts and crafts, games, music and other group activities for kids (for ages 3-10) while parents work up a sweat on the treadmill, take a kickboxing class, or breath deep in any number of the great yoga classes the facility offers. Also, when you get a family membership, most kids classes are free. So tae kwon do, belly dancing, tumbling, tap, ballet, hip-hop – let your little one explore and dabble and it won’t cost you an extra cent.
Total Woman Gym & Day Spa, Torrance
In addition to kick-your-butt fitness classes in just about everything from pilates to strength training, Total Woman also boasts an impressive spa complete with massage therapy, facial treatments, waxing, you name it. Even better? They have a clean and well supervised play area for the kiddos that makes it easy to bring your kids (2 months – 12 years) to the gym with you…and stick around for a little well-deserved “mommy time” after your workout. They offer multiple payment programs for their childcare, too.
L.A. Athletic Club, Downtown LA
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this workout facility is known for its beautiful location – in a 1912 historic Beaux Arts building that boasts a swimming pool on the sixth floor, and it’s excellent fitness center. The old-style club has a childcare center (for ages 6 months and up), manned by childcare professionals and completely stocked with plenty of games and toys to keep kids happy. They also run several athletic programs for kids including fitness classes, swimming lessons, and movie and pool party nights.
Equinox, West LA
This cushy gym is known for it’s upscale facilities and chic clientele as well as the excellent childcare services (for ages 3 months to 9 years) provided by trained early childhood education specialists. Just note that the facility boasts a high teacher/kid ratio, making reservations a must.
Equinox – Woodland Hills
If you are looking for a full-service, upscale gym with good childcare in the San Fernando Valley, there aren’t too many places that equal Equinox. Kiddos get to hang out in the Kids Club (for ages 4-12) while parents take palates, yoga, or endure boot camp work outs. The childcare staff is cheerful and kids are kept busy and happy while parents get to enjoy an exceptionally beautiful view of the Santa Monica Mountains while working up a sweat.
More options with multiple locations:
LA Fitness – LA Fitness has dozens of LA locations, many of which (Hollywood, Universal City, Culver City, Downtown and Encino, to name just a few) offer Kids Klub, a babysitting service for kids 3 months and up, on premises so that you can enjoy a worry-free workout. Check the website to find a location near you.
24 Hour Fitness – Many 24 Hour Fitness gyms offers Kids’ Club – a place where your kids (ages 6 months to 12 years) can hang out for to 2 hours of supervision per day. Locations with Kids’ Club facilities include Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Manhattan Beach and others. Check the website for locations in your area.
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– Rebecca Koppenhaver
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