Getting Slim, Sexy & Svelte Before the Summer’s End

It’s only August, which means there’s still plenty of time to slip into that wickedly low-cut dress or, for the more daring, that string bikini and heels for the poolside or beachfront rendezvous your socialite friends have been planning. For Southern Californians, this isn’t anything that needs explaining; the mantra of “as little clothing as possible” has been a way of life ever since the first rays of sun kissed the sand-enriched coast of the Golden State upon its founding. Since then, L.A. in particular has been all about skin, skin and more skin…and who shows it off the best within the most toned of bodies.


One of the ways Los Angelinos have been shaping up quickly and effectively has been through the magic of CrossFit, a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over the course of several decades. As CrossFit’s founder, Glassman was the first individual in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way – increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. From there, he created a program specifically designed to improve fitness and health, with constantly varying functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.

All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the most vital aspects of gymnastics, running, rowing, weightlifting and more. If you have been wanting to shed those pounds while tightening up muscles before the summer is over, take a glance at our following roundup of some of the best places for CrossFit in Woodland Hills.

CrossFit Woodland Hills  offers workout regimens personally modified to your particular fitness level. With two locations in the Valley, 104 classes offered each week and some 2,767 folks who have attended such classes, CrossFit Woodland Hills has taken its dedication to the art of fitness to the next level in the six years it has been in business. New to CrossFit? You can jump right into any of CrossFit Woodland Hills’ CrossFit Cardio classes, which focus more on toning and fat burning without heavy weightlifting. If you have not engaged in CrossFit before but are interested in taking traditional CrossFit classes, you can start with the studio’s Elements clinics. Whatever your skill or interest level, CrossFit Woodland Hills will have you slinking into that sexy sundress or, if you’re a gentleman, ripping off that tank top on the beach to show all the ladies your new buff shape.

CrossFit West Hills utilizes a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts, with each passing day forcing the workout to test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning – not specializing in one particular area, but attempting to attain the goal of building a body that’s capable of virtually anything and everything. Further, this program, according to CrossFit West Hills coaches, is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. Beyond CrossFit, CrossFit West Hills offers classes such as Fundamentals, Yoga, Open Gym, CrossFit Teens, CrossFit Kids and private training.

LYFE Fitness/Team CrossFit  prides itself on being the original and still best CrossFit gym in the Valley since opening its doors in 2008. In 2014, LYFE Fitness expanded its facility to become one of the largest CrossFit gyms in all of L.A., boasting over 12,000 square-feet of clean, state-of-the-art training space as well as many new programs and classes. These programs and classes include Team CrossFit, Speed X Heavybag, Speed X, Barbell Strength, Krav Maga Unyted, Takano Athletics, Kids LYFE and Personal Training. Additionally, LYFE Fitness is running a summer sale which encompasses a two-month $249 unlimited training regimen in CrossFit, Krav Maga, Heavybag 60, Speed X, Barbell Strength and Yoga classes.

Home to the premier CrossFit and weightlifting instruction in the Valley, CrossFit Synapse is a strength and conditioning facility designed to help you enhance your health, mental fortitude and physical performance through focused programming, high class coaching and what’s been described as a “fun, supportive community.” The facility provides programs in CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting and personal training – all out of its state-of-the-art studio in Tarzana and all to meet the health, fitness and competitive requirements of any student.

Iron Battalion CrossFit  was founded by a group of passionate CrossFitters and fitness enthusiasts who made it their number-one priority to deliver outstanding customer service, effective training and a jovial atmosphere to all its students. In so doing, the team of coaches and instructors vowed that members wouldn’t only be joining a gym in the traditional sense, they’d be joining a family – thus at IBCF, not only will you CrossFit together with the staff and other students, you will hike, BBQ, go to the beach and party together. The state-of-the-art facility on Strathern Street in Canoga Park is unlike any typical “big-box gym,” instead taking advantage of the human body itself and real weights to create free, natural movement. All of the machines here mimic natural functional movement without the ones that do not, contributing to overall health and a lean, conditioned body. Looking to see a major difference in the fit of your own clothes? Make the move to functional fitness as instructed by Iron Battalion CrossFit.

CrossFit encourages the type of passion you won’t find in a garden variety gym, mirroring a greater trend in the fitness community. The old model of hitting the gym after or before work to run on a treadmill and lift weights is losing traction to activities like spinning, Yoga, Zumba and training for athletic competition games. If you are looking for new and fun ways to work out, CrossFit in Woodland Hills is your answer.