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Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing national fitness studio, announced its official grand opening in downtown Santa Monica on Friday, March 27. Hailed by The New York Times as “the best one-hour workout in the country” and featured in Men’s Health’s “Best 2015 Gyms,” Orangetheory offers total body, heart-rate monitored workouts that have helped tens of thousands of members lose weight, get toned and meet fitness goals in a short amount of time.

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Orangetheory provides 60-minute, five-zone, heart-rate monitored interval training led by skilled personal trainers. Participants use a variety of equipment, including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX® suspension training and free weights, burning an average of 500 to 800 calories when combining the workout with the “after burn” – an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. The result is the Orange Effect – increased muscle endurance, strength and power, and if desired, tremendous weight loss.

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WHAT: Orangetheory Fitness Santa Monica
WHEN: Opening Friday, March 27, 2015 
WHERE: 1431 2nd Street | Santa Monica, CA 90401

CONTACT INFO: (310) 730-1399

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In the land of eternal sunshine and endless beaches, how does one fit in great food, while still fitting into a swimsuit? Hotel Erwin is partnering with TV host, lifestyle expert, and certified health coach, Allison Hagendorf, to introduce her monthly “Fit To Feast” event series.

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Allison will guide guests through a non-stop sweat session followed by a post-fitness feast on the rooftop. The menu, collaboratively curated with Chef Adam Steudle, will fuel both fitness and foodie fans alike.

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WHAT: “Fit To Feast” At Hotel Erwin
WHEN: Starting Saturday, April 4 | 10 am – Noon
WHERE: Hotel Erwin | 1697 Pacific Avenue | Venice, CA 90291

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Take A Hike Day

November 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is no better time to celebrate the brisk beauty that is late autumn than on Take a Hike Day. On November 17th, as the last of the deep red and orange leaves finally relinquish their grasp on their branches and fall crunchily to the forest floor, it’s time to take a hike and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer. Not only is hiking a great way to discover local scenery, there are also many health benefits – both physical and psychological – linked to hiking.

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Depending on the difficulty of the hiking trail you choose to take, and the weight of your backpack, an hour of hiking can easily burn 500 calories. The usually grassy terrain of hiking trails is known to be easier on joints than the hard concrete of an indoor track, reducing your risk of a stress injury while exercising.

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Hiking has been linked to decreasing the symptoms of depression. Removing yourself from the pressures of a busy life and the constant distractions produced by technology will allow you to reconnect with yourself, resulting in increased moods and a sense of well-being.

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Santa Monica Mountains

Whether you choose to spend your time in self-reflection, or take the family out for an adventure in the forest, don’t forget to take a hike on this November 17th and enjoy the great outdoors! Stay safe out there!

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Runyon Canyon

Hiking suggestions:

WHAT: Take A Hike Day
WHEN: November 17, 2014 
WHERE: You choose!

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The Wisdom Tree

November 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Visit the Wisdom Tree at Griffith Park for a short hike with epic views. Watch the sun set, the city lights come up, and the moon and stars come out. The summit boasts a 360 degree view and single tree visible from the surrounding trails and peaks.

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To get to the trailhead and avoid the maze of Hollywood Hills roads take Lake Hollywood Drive from Barham Blvd. Follow this road through the neighborhood until you see Wonder View Drive heading east. You can’t park on Wonder View, but there’s plenty of free parking on Lake Hollywood. No passes or permits needed (although there’s no parking between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am every night).

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Park along Lake Hollywood Drive and begin your hike heading east up Wonder View Drive. The road ends at a gate and then you’ll continue a short distance on a dirt road.

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You’ll pass a water tower to the left and a power line tower straight ahead. Wonder View Drive continues and a single-track trail splits off to the right. Head up this trail.

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You’ll see a prominent, newly-placed plaque commemorating the land’s protection and listing off some of the donors who chipped in to save it. The trail begins here and really doesn’t waste any time in starting its climb.

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The trail is easy to follow but there are several rugged areas with pretty steep drop-offs. The dirt is your usual, loose San Gabriel slick, so take your time on the descent to prevent slips.

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You’ll ascend almost the entire gain of the trail before you even hit the first mile mark – it’s about 743 feet of gain in 0.78 miles. But while you’re hiking up you’ll have amazing views of Griffith Park.

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If it’s clear, you’ll also be able to see downtown Los Angeles and the Griffith Park Observatory sneaking out from behind the front range.

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As you approach the top of the ridge, the trail splits and makes a sharp turn to the east on a ridge towards the Cahuenga Peak and a sharp turn to the west towards the Wisdom Tree.

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There’s a short spur trail that will take you to the ledge, where you’ll find shade, amazing views, and a fun geocaching with messages.

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Don’t miss an epic sunset at the Wisdom Tree!

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WHAT: The Wisdom Tree
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm 
WHERE: Lake Hollywood Drive at Griffith Park

CONTACT INFO: (323) 913-4688

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram

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Take in breathtaking views, hike through restored native habitat, and enjoy a state of the art visitor center at the stunning new urban park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Visitors can begin to discover, or residents can rediscover Los Angeles from this 511 foot peak just southwest of downtown.

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Exhibits tell the story of this once drilled and exploited land which has now become a symbol of restoration, conservation, and hope.  A short walk away, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the entire Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding mountains.

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The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 57-acre urban state park located 500 feet above the city in the heart of Los Angeles. The park includes a new 10,000 square foot visitor center, observation deck and viewing areas, hiking trails, picnic areas and restored natural landscape.

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The turbulent history of the Baldwin Hills site, from oil wells to plans for massive residential development, stripped this mountain of most of its natural past. A critical part of the design process was to define the period that represented the site in its natural state and to create a suitable environment. Visit the center by scaling the long staircase.

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WHAT: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
WHEN: 8:00 am to Sunset daily
WHERE: 6300 Hetzler Road | Culver City, CA 90232

DETAILS:

  • Parking Fee: $6
  • Alcohol and dogs are  not allowed

CONTACT INFO: (310) 558-5547

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Sunday Funday Ride

October 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Organized by Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC, and CalBike Board member Cynthia Rose, this ride will be a little different from other Sunday Funday Rides, as they will be riding up the Pacific Coast Highway to meet with the CalBike‘s California by Bike Tour Surf N Turf. They’ll ride to Nicolas Canyon Beach where they will join CalBike for lunch ($10 catered lunch or bring your own). Snacks will be provided.

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After lunch they will ride as a group back to the Santa Monica Pier where they are planning a Happy Hour nearby where all are invited!

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This is not a roadie race; they will travel at an easy pace but ask riders to stay focused and make the effort to keep the group together. Use your judgement if you think you can make this trip. Please do not hesitate to inquire if you have questions or concerns. There is the option to return on Metro 534 from Trancas (4.3 miles from south of Nicolas Beach lunch stop). Because of the route, children cannot participate unless they are attached to adult rider bike or they are capable of keeping up a reasonable pace.

WHAT: Sunday Funday Ride 
WHEN:
Sunday November 2, 2014 | 8:30 am – 3:00 pm 
WHERE: 
Santa Monica Pier | 1578-1598 Ocean Avenue | Santa Monica, CA 90401

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $0 – $10 
  • Ride is 26.3 miles in each direction (52.6 total)

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Flickr

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US Sumo Open

September 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

This year, the US Sumo Open will take place at the famous Walter Pyramid, a venue where all 6,000 seats have a great view of the action! The caliber of sumo this year will be quite high, in all weight classes, for both men and women. If you ever want to see live sumo, this is your chance to watch 100+ matches in one afternoon in a state-of-the-art facility, with the highest level of international competition.

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The 14th annual US Sumo Open is the largest annual sumo tournament on the PLANET (outside of Japan). Wrestlers from 13 countries will be participating including 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba who has got gold at the US Sumo for seven years in a row, with a cumulative record of 68 wins, 1 loss. Can he keep the streak alive?! Special guest “Yama” (heaviest Japanese human being in HISTORY) will be present!

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Watch a video here.

WHAT: US Sumo Open 
WHEN:
Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm (doors open 12:00 noon)
WHERE:
Water Pyramid at California State University Long Beach | 1250 North Bellflower Blvd. | Long Beach, CA 90840

DETAILS:

  • Tickets start at $25
  • Parking is only $5 per vehicle for the entire day
  • The 2014 US Sumo Open will be broadcast as a two-hour special on national TV

CONTACT INFO: (310) 288-3641 | info@usasumo.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | YouTube

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