In Hollywood, where having the right body is almost as important as having the right car, choosing a gym is no easy task. Here’s a guide to the spots where L.A.’s chicest physiques get physical.
1 L.A. HEALTH MANAGEMENT
1106 N. La Cienega Blvd.
LOCATION: Roughly equidistant from the hip hotels Chateau Marmont and Mondrian.
ATMOSPHERE: Classic, with a glitch; fine art on the walls and Mozart on the stereo are incongruous with the club’s location under an Angelyne billboard.
FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: More is more. A three-person training team lavishes attention on clients including Brad Pitt and model Rachel Hunter.
WHAT’S HOT: ”The Perfect Ten,” a $10,000, 10-week program designed to get stars in shape for filming — fast. Two workouts a day include Power Trip excursions like hiking in the Hollywood Hills.
THE BUZZ: This is the place to see Tinseltown’s power brokers on their best behavior. ”Everyone’s very polite to each other, in here at least,” says co-owner Alexis Valentin. Especially once they’ve seen you sweat.
2 WORKOUT WAREHOUSE/SPEED CENTER
650 N. Lapeer Drive
LOCATION: Deep inside the no-man’s-land of WeHo (West Hollywood) and Beverly Hills.
ATMOSPHERE: Anti-’80s excess. ”We’re in a big, ugly warehouse that’s clean. It’s hardcore,” says owner Michael Monteroso of his private-training-only club. The gym also boasts leaky ceilings and no air-conditioning.
FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: No frills — and it’s working. Devotees include Sandra Bullock, Winona Ryder, and Matthew McConaughey.
WHAT’S HOT: Spinning, the Speed Center way. Think Boogie Nights on a bike, complete with disco ball and a laser light show.
THE BUZZ: This is where the ultrafamous come to be left alone. ”It’ll be four years in January, and still no one has heard of us,” boasts Monteroso.
3 PAOLINA BOXING CLUB
726 S. La Brea Avenue
LOCATION: A strip mall in the still-uncool section of La Brea.
ATMOSPHERE: GoodFellas goes athletic. The club is essentially a warehouse with two boxing rings, a pool table, and a basketball hoop, evoking co-owner Phil Paolina’s Brooklyn roots.
FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: Rocky Balboa did it, and so can you. Paolina believes boxing can give Hollywood folk the eye of the tiger. Among the success stories he thinks his training played a part in: Vince Vaughn and Pulp Fiction producer Stacey Sher.
WHAT’S HOT: Star-on-star sparring. When Gina Gershon took on Bob Dylan, ”he almost lifted off the ground and went flying through the ring,” says Paolina.
THE BUZZ: With its anti-chic appeal, the gym doubles as a party spot. Showtime had its Holyfield/Tyson VIP party here; United Talent Agency and Keenen Ivory Wayans’ show are planning to have their Christmas bashes at the club.
4 WARNER BROS. FITNESS CENTER
4000 Warner Blvd.
LOCATION: The Warner movie studio lot in Burbank.
ATMOSPHERE: Must See TV meets L.A. Confidential. Psst, those girls on the treadmill are from Friends — and that guy doing tricep presses is Clint Eastwood.