Los Angeles is known for its health- and image-conscious residents. Naturally, fitness and nutrition are taken very seriously in LA, which, along with the wider California, has been at the epicentre of several health movements. Fitness junkies and outdoorsy types will therefore have plenty of options.
Gyms in Los Angeles
As befitting a dense urban jungle with variable air quality, indoor exercise is hugely popular. There are several gym chains such as the world-famous Gold’s Gym which prides itself on its wide reach, skilled instructors and good value for money.
Gym instructors and private trainers are an industry of their own in LA. Drawing on the motivational energy and technical advice of a qualified instructor can be a great help in one's journey to fitness and good health. But word-of-mouth recommendations are essential when choosing a guru from the thousands available online.
Outdoor exercise in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has plenty of natural, open spaces. If one is willing to drive a little way out of town there are mountain bike paths and jogging trails to be found in the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains.
Closer to town, Santa Monica Boulevard has a bike trail and popular jogging paths. These lead past Venice Beach where those seeking both a tan and a workout can enjoy the outdoor weightlifting complex known as Muscle Beach Venice.