Have the Olympics inspired you to jump off the couch and get into shape? It may take tens of thousands of dollars per year to compete as an Olympian, but we’ve found a way for you to train like a pro, free of charge, for the rest of the summer. Below are 39 opportunities to try out twelve local workout spots and while you’re taking these gyms for a test-drive, you may just find the right one for you.
If you’re a beginner, we recommend resting a day in between workouts to allow your muscles time to heal (and remember, always consult your doctor before embarking on an Olympic training spree).
This could be a game-changer. You may not have made it to London this summer, but we’ll look out for you in 2016.
Start your training here:
8000 Sunset Blvd.
Curious to find out what Pound, Diesel, Bodyweb, Twirling Poles, TRX Rip and Shaping Sound can do for your body? Want to enjoy familiar favorites like power yoga, hip hop, spinning, boot camp, kickboxing and Afro-Brazilian dance? Then Crunch on Sunset is your gym. Patch readers, get your exclusive seven-day guest pass here and enjoy access to classes, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, free weights, revolutionary machines, more than 100 weekly group fitness classes, a sauna/steam room & more.
1106 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Did you know that for the first time in history, the U.S. is sending more women than men to the Olympics this summer (and that )? It’s only fitting that we include a women-only gym: Pink Iron on La Cienega is offering the women of Patch a complimentary all-level Small Group Training Session, which will give you a full-body workout geared toward strength and cardio endurance. Call (310) 360-7465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your class.
8704 Santa Monica Blvd., 3rd Floor
Wouldn’t it be nice to show up at the gym and be done in fifteen minutes? With Firm Body Evolution’s Whole Body Vibration Machines, you can reap the rewards of a one-hour workout in a fraction of the time. WeHo’s holistic health and fitness club invites the first 20 Patch readers who book their appointments by August 13 to try a Whole Body Vibration session, which offers a low-impact, full-body workout. Call (310) 652-5522 and mention WeHo Patch.
8599 Santa Monica Blvd.
What do you get when you cross yoga, cycling and Core Transformer classes? You get Up Dog Fitness, WeHo’s one-stop-shop for stretching, strengthening and burning calories. Want to crank it up? Try Full Blast Yoga, an exhilarating, challenging class set to rock music (warning: this is not for beginners). New clients, mention Patch when you sign up and get your first class free.
624 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Wish you could afford a personal trainer? You can, at TRAIN West Hollywood, a 7,500-square-foot gym on La Cienega featuring more than 100 personal trainers. Take advantage of TRAIN’s introductory freebies for LA locals with a one-on-one private training session and a free Power Plate class (both offers are for first-time clients only). Power Plate is designed to strengthen and tone your muscles, increase flexibility, circulation and lymphatic stimulation, and, last but not least, burn fat. When you’ve finished your session, take a relaxing break in the landscaped courtyard.
7811 Santa Monica Blvd.
New to Brick? Then you’re in luck: this Santa Monica Boulevard gym offers a seven-day free pass that allows new clients to try Intro to CrossFit (a fast-paced, sport-geared whole body interval training workout designed around simple and functional movements), SpeedX (a high-energy, action-packed class blending a fast-paced cardio workout with high-interval weight training), and Cardio Kickboxing classes. Brick will whip you into shape.
8500 Melrose Ave.
Want a lean, sculpted Pilates body? Try a complimentary class at Pilates Plus West Hollywood on Melrose. Pilates Plus uses Sebastien Lagree’s Megaformer machines to combine strength, endurance, cardio, flexibility, core and balance training in every move. This method allows for maximum muscular effort while minimizing the stress on joints, connective tissues, and the spine. To try it for yourself, email email@example.com and mention WeHo Patch for your free first class.
8612 Santa Monica Blvd.
Where can you swim, spin, strengthen and steam without leaving the building? At 24 Hour Fitness’ Super Sport club on Santa Monica Boulevard. Local residents, grab your three-day pass here (or drop in and bring proof of residency), and enjoy classes such as yoga, Pilates, Cardio Mix, cycling and hip hop, and amenities including cardio equipment, free weights, strength machines, an outdoor lap pool, personal viewing screens, a sauna, a practice basketball court and a whirlpool.
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ready for a high-intensity cardio workout? The first 20 readers to RSVP will get a complimentary all-level group session with Bryna Carracino’s Fit Club Los Angeles. The fun, fast-paced 50-minute sessions, which meet at Plummer Park, include medicine balls, free weights, TRX, isometric movements, plyometric movements and stretching. Equipment is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own yoga mat. Call (917) 915-1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Patch. Date and time to be determined.
8920 Sunset Blvd., Suite 200B
Take your body to the next level at Elevation Fitness on Sunset. Float through an Aerial Conditioning class, tone at a Pilates reformer class, try an intense core workout with CrossCore/TRX, which uses Elevation’s Rack system, and shape up with Revat Self-Defense, a martial art program that tones your body and improves confidence. Call (310) 657-7878 or sign up online using promo code "West Hollywood Patch" to try a free class.
103 S. Robertson Blvd.
You love their stylish pants, but did you know Lululemon also offers free classes for the community? Get fit three times a week at Lululemon on Robertson with Sunday morning yoga (mats are provided), a Tuesday evening run (three to four miles through the streets of WeHo), and a five- to ten-mile run on Saturdays. Plus, Lululemon offers a rooftop yoga class on the first Saturday of the month at the L'Ermitage Hotel at 9291 Burton Way. That’s thirteen workouts in August alone. You’re covered.
601 N. La Brea Ave.
Switch things up by venturing to the border of West Hollywood for a class at Fitmix Studio on La Brea. Endurance Pilates is a 55-minute, full-body workout on customized Pilates Reformers, designed for strength and endurance training, core and stability activation, and promoting lean, toned muscles. Or try The Mashup, 25 minutes of calorie-burning cardio intervals on treadmills, followed by 30 minutes of Endurance Pilates. First class is on the house.