Greater Pasadena is packed with places to help fulfill your physical fitness goals
By Rebecca Kuzins 01/09/2014
This is the time of year when many of us resolve to shed a few pounds, start (or resume) exercising, and take other steps to become physically fitter. The Pasadena area offers a wide range of places where people can fulfill this resolution. There are far too many options to include in this article, so here’s a sample of some of the many places where area residents can embark on a healthier lifestyle in 2014:
Yoga is one of the more popular exercise regimes. Yoga House (111 W. State St., Pasadena, 626/403-3961, yogahouse.com), a locally owned studio, offers an unusually wide variety of classes in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, as well as specialized instruction for people suffering with arthritis, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue; pre- and post-natal women; children ages 4 to 12; and free classes for people living with HIV/AIDS and their partners and caregivers.
Mission Street Yoga (1017 Mission St., South Pasadena, 626/441-1144, missionstreetyoga.com) also provides a range of instruction, including yoga basics and yoga for kids, for prenatal women and for parents and their babies. In addition, the studio offers classes in Pilates, a physical fitness system designed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, which comprises more than 500 exercise movements performed on padded floor mats and specially designed equipment.
Yoga instruction is also available at Core Club LA (2150 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323/682-8434, coreclubla.com), an independent, locally owned fitness club. Core Club LA offers classes combining yoga with Pilates or dance movements; prenatal, toddler, and kid yoga; and total body workouts, among other instruction.
Bikram Yoga is specialized fitness program designed by Bikram Choudhury that consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed for 90 minutes in facilities with a minimum temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 38 percent humidity. Bikram Yoga is also a worldwide organization, headquartered in West Los Angeles, which trains and certifies instructors who work at its numerous franchises. There are three Pasadena-area Bikram Yoga facilities: one in Pasadena (2089 E. Colorado Blvd., 626/304-9642, bikrampasadena.com), which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2013; another in South Pasadena (526 Mission St., 626/799-5656, bikramyogasouthpasadena.com); and the third in LaCañada Flintridge (711 Foothill Blvd., Suite J, 818/952-5335, bikramyogalacanada.com).
Area residents who prefer running to yoga postures can join Pasadena Pacers (pasadenapacers.org), which was founded in 1996 when 35 non-runners trained to take part in the LA Marathon. Pasadena Pacers provides several training programs for runners at various levels of ability, as well as a program for walkers. Prospective members can join the group for a run at 7 a.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, at the grassy area on the south side of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
When Curves opened its first facility in 1992, the gym sought to provide a supportive community for women who disliked exercising with men and wanted a relatively quick workout. The original 30-minute workout consisted of circuit training performed on a variety of machines. Since then, Curves has added Zumba moves and personal coaching to its circuit training. This year, circuit trainers will be able to watch a big-screen TV to learn a series of exercises designed by personal trainer Jillian Michaels, from “The Biggest Loser” TV show.
Curves has three gyms in Pasadena, two in Glendale and one each in Altadena, Eagle Rock and Montrose; information about these and other nearby locations can be found at curves.com.
Some area gyms specialize in barre, a relatively new exercise system that includes movements on a ballet bar that can be combined with weight lifting and mat and floor exercises. Barre is available at Pure Barre (107 S. Fair Oaks, Suite 109, Pasadena, 626/765-9400, purebarre.com/ca-pasadena), The Bar Method Pasadena (32 Mills Place, Pasadena, 626/844-7888, pasadena.barmethod.com) and CardioBarre (1581 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323/256-5555, cardiobarre.com/studios/eagle-rock-ca).
For a lot of people the easiest way to get fit is to join a general, all-purpose fitness center/gym, where they can take part in a wide variety of activities from aquatics to Zumba, with many gyms providing cycling, dancing, kickboxing, Pilates and other forms of exercise. There is no dearth of these facilities in the Pasadena area, among them:
Anytime Fitness (890 Town Center Drive, Suite B, LaCañada Flintridge, 818/929-6463,anytimefitness.com/gyms/2589/La%20Canada%20Flintridge-CA-91011), Breakthru Fitness (345 S. Lake Ave. #201, Pasadena, 626/396-1700, breakthrufitness.com), Equinox Fitness (260 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 212, Pasadena, 626/685-4800, equinox.com/clubs/pasadena), LA Fitness (623 S. Central Ave., Glendale, 818/240-2425 and 201 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626/568-3598, lafitness.com), Mission Fitness Center (2451 Mission St., San Marino, 626/799-0977, missionfitnesscenter.com), Rock It Workouts (54 W. Green St, Pasadena, 626-657-2224, rockitworkouts.com), Snap Fitness (807-A Meridian Ave., South Pasadena, 626/403-6463, snapfitness.com/gyms/southpasadena-ca-91030/435), Trifecta Fit Sport (900 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, 626/304-3000, trifectafitsport.com) and 24 Hour Fitness (24hourfitness.com; 2180 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, 626/296-8700; 240 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818/240-5111; 450 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818/247-4334; 525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626/795-7121 and 465 N. Halstead St., Pasadena, 626/351-2222).
Three local YMCAs also provide a range of health and fitness activities for people of all ages, such as water dance, cycling, yoga, and Zumba: The South Pasadena-San Marino YMCA (1605 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena, 626/799-9119, ymcala.org/south-pasadena-san-marino), YMCA of Glendale (140 N. Louise St., 818/240-4130, glenymca.org) and the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (1930 Foothill Blvd., 818/790-0123, ymcacc.org/Main/Default/Home.aspx).
These facilities are not everything that’s available in the area, but they’re a good way to start a New Year’s fitness program.
Good luck getting started and maintaining your program through 2014 and beyond!