Lose the Spare Tire: the Top 5 Workouts in Los Angeles

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Awards season is almost upon us and you know what that means. It’s time to kick off the battle of the bulge. Let the following top 5 workouts in Los Angeles help you say goodbye to that Santa-style belly and hello to a new sleek physique. Just in time for that photo op.

1 Barry's Boot Camp

Fitness fans swear by Barry's Boot Camp, no buts about it. Which makes sense considering that exercise expert Barry Jay and his partners created the regime to be the best workout ever. The experience, which combines intense cardio with strength training, is supervised by trainers who will yell, I mean, motivate you.

1106 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90069 310.360.6262

2 Sweaty Sundays

Sir Ryan Heffington's jam-packed dance fest Sweaty Sundays is a little like winding up at Area or Studio 54 during the day. Without the drugs. But with the outfits and the slammin' beats. In fact, the dance class got so popular, that Heffington was forced to extend the his dancing dream to Wet Wednesdays and then to Fit Fridays and then he opened up the East Side exercise emporium, The Sweat Spot, which offers all sorts off fitness options, from traditional pilates mat classes to non-traditional fare, like the Tap Dat Azz class. Sign me up.

The Sweat Spot, 3327 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 323.953.8089

3 Aerial Fitness & Conditioning

Pilates is hard enough on the ground; let alone in the air. But for circus freaks and fans, Cirque School's Aerial Fitness & Conditioning class will have you flying high to strengthen your core. Literally. The workout forgoes traditional reformer or mat techniques in favor of the trapeze, fabric and rope. No clowning. Ok, maybe a little.

Cirque School, 5640 1/2 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 424.226.2477

4 Running from the Paparazzi

What better way to see Beverly Hills than how the stars do: while running from the paparazzi. If you're the kind of person who can only imagine running if being chased, then this might be the workout for you. The running tour, offered by outdoor exercise company Off N Running Tours, sprints past 90210 landmarks such as Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Hills Municipal Court, where you can quickly clock the place where some of your favorite stars have been sued.

Off N Running Tours, 1229 Cardiff Ave., Los Angeles CA 90035 310.246.1418

5 The Santa Monica Stairs

Los Angeles offers some of the best weather ever and so why not take advantage of it by working out in the great outdoors . . . of Santa Monica. Climbing the Santa Monica stairs is a full body workout with a brutal bum burning guaranteed to kick your but into gear. Ever seen those tabloids with celebs in athletic gear? Chances are they're heading straight to Adelaide Drive. Oh and the best news, you don't have to fit your schedule around someone else. The stairs are open 24/7, no membership necessary. After all, they belong to you, me and the city.

At the intersection of 4th Street And Adelaide Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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