All that sunshine, the warm days, and easy access to outdoor activities to stay in shape… it’s pretty hard to replicate over here, even in summer.
If you feel like you’ve been neglecting your fitness for some time, perhaps you can take a leaf out of celebrities’ books, and work up a sweat hiking, in the gym, trying out trapeze, joining a bootcamp, or testing out Pilates and other exercise methods.
If this piques your interest, consider a trip over the water to the USA, and head to one of the best places in the world to learn the health secrets of the stars: Los Angeles. Although L.A. is well known for its amusements parks, posh restaurants, hip bars, Hollywood venues, and more, the city is also a great place to get active. With nice weather all year round, all the famous faces who live in the area have plenty of options when it comes to staying fit and looking their best for the cameras.
Whether you plan to visit Los Angeles for work or pleasure, you’ll have no trouble finding an active pursuit to try out in your spare hours. Read on for some locations around “Tinseltown” where you can work up a sweat and do some star spotting at the same time.
Runyon Canyon Park
If you love being in the great outdoors hiking, it pays to check out L.A. hotels on travel sites like Expedia that are located close to Hollywood Boulevard. This way, you’ll not only be near the hustle and bustle of the city with its various attractions to explore, but also just two blocks from Runyon Canyon Park.
Covering 130 acres, this park is an absolute favourite with celebs in Los Angeles, with many being snapped hiking its trails on a regular basis. Just some of the stars who have been spotted walking in Runyon Canyon over the years are Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Matthew McConaughey, and Orlando Bloom.
Apart from its celebrity status, the park is also a great place for a workout if you’re keen to enjoy views of top L.A. sights while also escaping from the hectic pace of the city below. Take a roughly 5.6-kilometre loop trail around Runyon Canyon Park and you’ll be afforded scenic views of the iconic Hollywood sign, as well as the Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip, and the downtown skyline. Along the way they are plenty of benches where you can stop to catch your breath and admire the sights at the same time. The park is also the place to enjoy free yoga classes which are held there on a regular basis.
For something a little different that will get your heart rate up from a shot of adrenaline, you might like to consider heading to the Trapeze School in Los Angeles. Here you can make your dreams of flying through the air (with nothing but metres of open space and a net beneath you) a reality. Situated near the beach at the famous Santa Monica Pier — a great place to visit for all ages — the Trapeze School provides customers with the chance to test out the Flying Trapeze and to learn some Aerial Silks.
The Trapeze School opened in New York City back in 2002 (and was featured in a “Sex and the City” episode at one point), then expanded to L.A. in 2008, snatching up a coveted position in Santa Monica. The L.A. location is actually the place where singer Pink trained in aerial work before her acclaimed “Funhouse” world tour in 2009 and 2010.
If you like your workouts to be gym based, check out Barry’s Bootcamp. Running since 1998 in Los Angeles, the Bootcamp business specialises in group fitness classes which combine strength training with intense cardio to give clients a total workout.
Barry’s Bootcamp has been popular with many actors and actresses over the years. Some of the stars who have worked up a sweat there include Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Jessica Biel, and Amanda Seyfried. While the company has multiple sites around the U.S., the Los Angeles studio is located in West Hollywood. The gym is open 365 days per year, and runs up to 12 different bootcamp classes each day.
Tracy Anderson Studio
If you read gossip mags on a regular basis, you have likely heard of Tracy Anderson, a personal trainer who has had a large number of celebrity clients over the years, including Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, and Molly Sims. However, the most famous proponent of the trainer’s self-named Tracy Anderson Method would have to be the actress, author, and blogger Gwyneth Paltrow. She backs the trainer’s approach to fitness so much that she became a partner in the business in recent years.
During a stay in Los Angeles, head to Anderson’s flagship studio in Brentwood, a 790-square metre space that features three training rooms as well as its own in-house hair “blowout bar” run by hairdresser to the stars, David Babaii. At the studio you can try out a number of different workout methods and pieces of equipment, including dance-based cardio routines, ceiling-suspended bands, hoops, poles, and weights.