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  • It's almost football season! Players are returning to camp, refusing to return to camp, and negotiating contracts as sports bars order extra supplies of wings and beer and hire hotter waitresses. What can you do to celebrate this great American tradition and join in the festivities? Join a flag football team, of course, and get your own game started! One of the biggest leagues in Southern California is Top Gun Flag Football. It's a 5-on-5...
  • Photo by Peggy Archer/LAist Feel like the only thing missing from booty bootcamp is the Spanish Inquisition? Does spinning on a stripper pole sound like a great way to get a nasty rash? Don't want to be chased up and down crumbling outdoor staircases by giant mosquitoes and killer bees? But you'd still like to get in shape, right? Why not consider lifting weights?...
  • Staring down to the ground from about 20 feet up in the air was nerve-wracking, to say the least. My palms were sweating, and the person holding my ropes (and my very life) on the other end was just as beginner as me. I was deep in the throes of Fight Gravity 1, and I was learning on the spot how to navigate the scaling of a wall. A climbing gym in Culver City, Rockreation...
  • My guide's horse enjoys the view Searching for a way to get out of the city recently, I stumbled upon Baldwin Lake Stables in Big Bear Lake, a farm that offers horseback rides by the hour. Noting that the rides are for any level (I am pretty much a non-level, having only ridden a horse a few times when I was a kid), I decided to take my chances and head up there to...
  • Leigh Ann Orsi pole dances in her studio Let's be honest - everyone loves a stripper. And ever since 2001, when Jeff Costa launched Cardio Striptease at Crunch New York, it seems like people don't want to stop at just loving them - people want to be them. From the MILF next door, to your best friend who's about to get married, to Lindsay Lohan, women of all ages, sizes and level of celebrity...
  • The marathon may be #27 on the list of Stuff White People Like, but it is by no means their exclusive domain. There are many specialized running groups out there that point out the growing diversity of running enthusiasts. One such group is the Los Angeles Frontrunners, which will be hosting its 27th annual Pride Run on Sunday, June 8 in West Hollywood as part of Pride Weekend. The Pride Run this year benefits...
  • Top: Students practice their skills at Cirque School; Bottom: Aloysia Gavre on the aerial fabric It was with great hope that I began my search for an aerial arts class here in L.A. I was certain that is there was one thing this town could teach me, it was to learn how to fly. But from the time I brought my workout clothes to a nightclub that had been listed as a studio to...
  • Undoubtedly, some of the best things about living in Los Angeles are our varied terrain, eclectic architecture, landmarks, and fascinating history. That's why when you've hit treadmill and Stairmaster burnout and can't take another day of watching Montel on closed captioning in your gym, taking things outside and into the city's beautiful hills can be a welcome respite from workout drudgery. One great workout walk combines the best of the city with some kick-ass cardio--and...
  • Liberation Yoga | Photo by Melissa Moore/LAist With as many gurus of yoga available as the personality types frequenting their classes, finding a studio and a style as a beginner can be daunting. But one need look no further than the local newsstand and their dizzying array of yoga journals to see that the health (and other) benefits of the practice run far and wide. Originally envisioned as a way to physically prepare the body...
  • One of the most difficult things about running--or any exercise regimen for that matter--is simply getting started. Joining a running group or club is a great way to ease into it, and so today and in future installments of Workout Wednesday, we will explore the many running groups in the area you can choose from. We'll start with Team in Training. I joined Team in Training, or TNT, as it's often referred to, because like...
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