💪 Sweat Equity: Top LA Workout Classes Favored by Entrepreneurs

💪 Sweat Equity: Top LA Workout Classes Favored by Entrepreneurs
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🇺🇸 Happy (almost) Fourth of July Angelinos!

Whether you're a health and wellness die-hard who follows every Huberman protocol out there or a complete newbie, Los Angeles offers a workout class tailored just for you. From high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to hip-hop dance classes, each studio provides a unique space to prepare for or sweat away the tensions of the workday and find renewed energy amidst the urban hustle.

BÜNDA

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Neighborhood: West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Mid-City, Encino, Woodland Hills & Studio City

Class Details: The Bünda workout class is designed by two trainers. It focuses on lower body strength, particularly targeting the glutes and legs. It combines high-intensity interval training with resistance exercises to tone and sculpt the lower body. Half of the class is on the stairclimber and the other half is strength training on the floor. This kick as* (pun fully intended) workout is best to avoid if you have any knee issues.

LEKfit

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Neighborhood: Mid-City

Class Details: LEKfit is a high-energy fitness studio founded by celebrity trainer Lauren Kleban. The workouts blend cardio, strength, and flexibility training, often using trampolines and resistance bands. Not sure if you caught that, but this class features trampolines! It hardly feels like a workout except for the fact that your legs genuinely feel like they are on fire (in a good way).

BoxUnion

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Neighborhood: Santa Monica, West Hollywood & Sherman Oaks

Class Details: BoxUnion offers dynamic boxing-inspired workouts that combine shadowboxing, heavy bag work, and high-intensity interval training. The classes focus on building strength, endurance, and mental clarity, all set to upbeat music. Known for its inclusive community and supportive atmosphere, BoxUnion provides a full-body workout that's both challenging and empowering. Punch your stress in the face (I really feel like there's an opportunity for a Liquid Death collab).

AIR Aerial Fitness

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Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Class Details: AIR Aerial Fitness offers unique aerial fitness classes that use silk hammocks to provide a full-body workout. The classes combine elements of strength training, flexibility, and aerial acrobatics to build core strength and improve overall fitness. Known for its innovative approach and supportive instructors, AIR Aerial Fitness provides a fun and challenging workout experience suitable for all fitness levels.

Playground LA

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Neighborhood: Melrose

Class Details: Playground LA is a renowned dance studio offering a variety of high-energy dance classes led by top industry choreographers. The classes cater to all skill levels, providing a fun and supportive environment for learning all types of dance styles. Playground LA teaches hip-hop choreography, heels classes, and even ballroom. This is the go-to spot if you want to have some fun and are looking for something outside the normal fitness classes!

Barry’s Bootcamp

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Neighborhood: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Pasadena, Studio City, Brentwood, Venice, El Segundo, Santa Monica & Long Beach

Class Details: Barry’s Bootcamp, a global fitness phenomenon, is especially beloved in LA where it began with its first location in West Hollywood. As the original HIIT workout, it pushes you to your limits with high-intensity cardio and weight sessions, targeting specific muscle groups in each class. First-timers can expect a mix of running, lifting, and recovery circuits, with instructors who motivate you to perform your best. After class, head to Barry’s Fuel Bar for custom protein shakes tailored to your post-workout needs.

Training Mate

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Neighborhood: Glendale, Studio City, West Hollywood, Culver City, Santa Monica & Redondo Beach

Class Details: Training Mate offers HIIT classes infused with a lively, Australian-inspired atmosphere. Founded by former rugby player Luke Milton, the studio combines functional fitness with a sense of community and humor, making workouts both challenging and enjoyable. Known for its supportive and friendly vibe, Training Mate uniquely emphasizes camaraderie and fun, ensuring every session is a positive experience.

Mighty Pilates

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Neighborhood: Santa Monica & Westwood

Class Details: Mighty Pilates incorporates the foundations of Classical Pilates, while upping the intensity factor for an invigorating workout. The studio focuses on building core strength, flexibility, and overall body tone through personalized instruction and small group sessions. They offer a huge schedule of classes – from Foundations classes for beginners to Power classes for the more advanced pilates enthusiasts.

The Studio (MDR)

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Neighborhood: Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Culver City & Playa Vista

Class Details: The Studio (MDR) offers a full-body workout, blending Pilates with the Lagree Method developed by fitness expert Sebastien Lagree that will have you shaking from head to toe. Suitable for all fitness levels, their classes focus on strengthening, tightening, and toning the entire body through innovative, safe training techniques. The program integrates traditional lengthening and stretching methods to enhance flexibility and achieve comprehensive fitness goals.


🚁 One Step Closer to Air Taxis in LA
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🔦 Spotlight

Joby Aviation, a pioneering electric air taxi company, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully flying a hydrogen-electric aircraft demonstrator for 523 miles with only water as a byproduct. This groundbreaking flight showcases the potential for emissions-free regional travel using vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, eliminating the need for traditional runways. The company's innovative approach combines its existing battery-electric air taxi technology with hydrogen fuel cells, paving the way for longer-range, environmentally friendly air travel.

For LA residents, this development holds exciting implications for future transportation options. Joby's technology could potentially enable direct flights from LA to destinations like San Francisco or San Diego without the need to visit conventional airports, offering a cleaner and more convenient alternative to current travel methods. The company's progress in both battery-electric and hydrogen-electric aircraft positions it at the forefront of next-generation aviation, promising to revolutionize urban and regional mobility.

Notably, Joby Aviation has already made strides in Southern California by securing an agreement with John Wayne Airport earlier this year to install the region's first electric air taxi charger. This strategic move sets the stage for LA to be among the initial markets where Joby will launch its electric air taxi service. With plans to commence commercial operations as early as 2025 using its battery-electric air taxi, LA residents may soon have access to a fast, quiet, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation that could significantly reduce travel times and traffic congestion in the region. In the not too distant future, LA might find itself in an identity crisis without traffic and excess smog 🤞🤞.


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Fuel Innovation: 7 Unforgettable Team Building Experiences in LA
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In today's competitive business landscape, team building activities have emerged as a crucial tool for fostering a positive work environment, enhancing productivity, and crucially, improving employee retention. Studies have shown that such activities help employees feel valued, with one report indicating that 93% of those who felt appreciated were more motivated at work. Importantly, team building events may improve retention rates, as employees who feel connected to their colleagues and company culture are more likely to stay long-term. With these benefits in mind, let's explore some of the most engaging and effective team building activities available in Los Angeles.

Pickleball

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Pickleball is a fantastic team bonding activity because of the easy-to-grasp rules and gentle pace make it perfect for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The game thrives on communication and teamwork, as players must collaborate and strategize to outplay their opponents, boosting team cohesion. Plus, the lively, fast-paced action sparks friendly competition and laughter, creating a fun and spirited atmosphere that brings everyone closer together. Los Angeles boasts numerous pickleball courts that are easy to rent if you have your own equipment. If you need additional assistance organizing your pickleball outing, there are plenty of full-service companies ready to handle every detail for you.

Resources: Pickle Pop, Corporate Pickle


Escape Room

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Escape rooms are a great way to build camaraderie. They require participants to work together, combining their problem-solving skills and creativity to overcome challenges and puzzles. The immersive and time-sensitive nature of escape rooms fosters collaboration and communication. Additionally, the shared experience of tackling complex tasks and reaching a common goal helps build trust and foster positive emotions among colleagues.

Resources: The Escape Game, 60Out


Day Trip to Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is a perfect day trip for a team because it provides a break from the usual work environment, allowing team members to relax and connect in a new setting. Shared experiences during the trip, such as exploring new places and participating in fun activities, help build stronger relationships and foster a sense of camaraderie. There are numerous team-building activities such as an arboreal obstacle course, an island tour, scavenger hunts and more.

Resources: Catalina Island Group Activities


Top Golf

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Topgolf is an excellent team building event because it provides an inclusive, relaxed atmosphere that accommodates players of all skill levels, fostering personal connections and improving team morale. The unique blend of competition and entertainment creates an ideal setting for building trust, enhancing communication, and revealing hidden skills among team members. Additionally, Topgolf offers structured team building packages with guided activities, discussion prompts, and lessons on culture, change, collaboration, and strategy, making it a versatile and effective platform for strengthening relationships and boosting overall team performance.

Resources: Topgolf El Segundo


SoFi Stadium Tour

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A SoFi Stadium tour offers a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of one of the world's most advanced sports venues, allowing team members to explore exclusive areas like premium suites, team locker rooms, and the player tunnel together. The tour provides a shared, memorable experience that can foster camaraderie and spark conversations among team members, regardless of their interest in sports. Additionally, the stadium's state-of-the-art features and impressive architecture can inspire creativity and innovation, while the group setting encourages interaction and collaboration, making it an engaging and enjoyable activity for teams of various sizes and backgrounds

Resources: SoFi Stadium Group Tours


Corporate Volunteering

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Volunteer work serves as an excellent team building activity by uniting employees around a shared, meaningful cause, fostering a sense of purpose and collective accomplishment. It provides opportunities for team members to collaborate in new ways, often revealing hidden strengths and leadership qualities that may not be apparent in the regular work environment. Additionally, engaging in community service can boost morale, enhance the company's reputation, and instill a sense of pride among employees, leading to improved workplace relationships and increased job satisfaction.

Resources: Habitat for Humanity, L.A. Works, VolunteerMatch


Corporate Improv Sessions

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A corporate improv class encourages spontaneity, creativity, and quick thinking, skills that are valuable in the workplace. It promotes active listening and collaboration, as participants must work together to create scenes and respond to unexpected situations, fostering better communication and trust among team members. Additionally, the playful and often humorous nature of improv helps break down barriers, reduces stress, and creates a shared positive experience that can improve team morale and cohesion long after the event.

Resources: Improv-LA, Groundlings, Improv for the People

🎬 Paramount and Skydance Are Back On
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Happy Friday Los Angeles! Hope you all had a fantastic Fourth!!

🔦 Spotlight

Paramount and Skydance Media have rekindled talks to merge after negotiations abruptly halted in June. The proposed deal, contingent on approval from Paramount’s board, aims to combine Paramount’s extensive media holdings—including CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon—with Skydance’s film expertise showcased in hits like "Top Gun: Maverick." This merger signals a potential transformation in the media landscape, positioning the new entity to compete more effectively amid challenges from streaming services and the decline of traditional cable TV.

Led by Shari Redstone, Paramount’s controlling shareholder via National Amusements, the deal represents a pivot towards revitalizing Paramount’s strategic direction amidst financial struggles and shareholder concerns. The involvement of major investors like RedBird Capital Partners and David Ellison underscores the financial backing aimed at stabilizing Paramount’s operations and addressing its $14 billion debt burden. Importantly, the agreement includes provisions to protect National Amusements from potential legal challenges, addressing previous hurdles that stalled earlier negotiations.

The deal also includes a 45-day period for Paramount to explore alternative offers, highlighting continued interest from other potential buyers like Barry Diller’s IAC and media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. This flurry of activity underscores the significant stakeholders’ interest in Paramount’s future and its potential as a key player in a rapidly evolving media industry.


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