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.
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.
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.
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.
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.