Swing your kettlebell in any direction and you will no doubt hit a
gym or fitness studio. They are everywhere! If it’s healthy or
fitness-related you’ll find it in LA. Need an organic juice fix?
There’s a juice bar right around the corner, next to the spin studio.
Want to join a Crossfit gym? Take your pick!
L.A. is the kind of place that encourages anything new and
healthy, and they especially love their yoga! If it’s healthy, trendy
or the latest fitness fad, then you will definitely find it in LA.
So what did this Health Chick get up to when I visited LA for my
birthday last weekend? Well it wasn’t 100% healthy that’s for sure,
but it was definitely a memorable weekend away!
My sister and I flew out from Gatwick in
the afternoon and landed in Los Angeles early evening. We picked
up our Mustang convertible (in tart red, obvs) and headed straight
down the freeway to start our LA adventure!
And what’s the first stop any savvy tourist makes when they fly
into LAX? In-N- Out Burger of course! Honestly chicks, it’s to die
for. Whenever I visit the US I have to come clean, my #1 guilty
pleasure is stuffing my face with a “Double-Cheeseburger and
animal style fries.” They also have this secret menu that lets you
order special stuff that’s not on the regular menu. Although to be
honest I don’t think it’s that much of a secret now.
Our first whole day and the real fun begins! First we drove to the
Beverly Hills hotel for breakfast and OMG I forgot how
ENORMOUS the food portions are out in LA! I ordered buttermilk
pancakes with syrup, and I’m not joking what came out looked like
a Victoria Sponge, it was HUGE! With the buttons on my dress
already about to pop, to top it off they then brought out a
complimentary birthday chocolate torte – that’s right, a DESSERT!
For breakfast! Diet officially over. ‘How did they know it was my
birthday?’ I asked Em. ‘I told them when I booked’, she said.
But what better way to burn off a stack of pancakes the size of the
Eiffel Tower than by shopping right? Shopping was literally my
cardio that day. We walked all the way down Rodeo Drive,
naturally stopping to take a photo by the fountain outside Tiffany’s
and pretending we were Cher from Clueless, and then walked all
the way back up (via Louis Vuitton, unsurprisingly) – I definitely hit
my Fitbit steps that day!
In fact every day was a green day in LA! The whole time I was
there I hit my steps target, my calorie burn, my active minutes and
even my sleep target (I put that last one down to being child-free).
The hardest thing to hit was the floors target – Hollywood hills
aside, LA is pretty flat to walk around and we were staying in a
ground level accommodation so apart from walking up escalators
at the mall, there weren’t actually that many stairs to climb!
All that walking definitely meant we deserved some relaxation time
in our hot tub when we got back to the apartment – the perfect LA
style end to our first day in LA!
Day 2 was without a doubt our active day! Talk about embracing
the LA lifestyle! I started the day with a backyard boot camp
workout, having remembered to pack my skipping rope (it’s a
personal trainer’s best travel accessory), and alternated jump rope
intervals with bodyweight moves such as push-ups, crab kicks,
jump lunges and BURPEES! I only did 20-mins or so but it was a
serious body blast and definitely set me up for the day. I love
working out in the sun. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again chicks
– NEVER forget to pack your skipping rope when you go away!
So Saturday was beach day and our first stop was a visit to the
famous.. Muscle Beach Venice! The most famous outdoor gym in
the world, this is where all the fitness fanatics (and tourists!) gather
to train and basically show off and work on their amazing
physiques. As you can imagine I couldn’t resist pretending I was
part of the bodybuilding gang, so I had to have a little pose on the
winner’s podium. Oh and a handstand against the wall. I don’t
think many tourists took my picture though…
Next up was a walk along Venice Beach and when we came
across a bike hire shop we just knew it had to be done – we hired
a couple of bikes then cycled all the way to Santa Monica pier and
back, and saw some amazing views of the beach and the ocean
along the way. Definitely beats cycling to town in the rain, like we
do at home! Another workout in the bag.. And we weren’t even
trying! Gotta love LA.
Dinner at Celeb spot Craig’s and then a couple of glasses of
champagne at SUR (that one was my choice – I’m obsessed with
Vanderpump Rules!) rounded off the evening perfectly.
Our last day in LA and our trip has gone waaaay too quickly. We
couldn’t be sad for long though as our flight was early evening so
we had pretty much a whole day to enjoy the last of our new
favourite city. Starting with… a trip to the Cheesecake Factory for
breakfast (yes you heard me right) and then off to Sunset Ranch
for horse riding in the Hollywood Hills. I find it hilarious that even
somewhere as simple as the Cheesecake Factory has valet
Horse riding was amazing. I rode a gorgeous horse called Violet,
who I actually wanted to take home with me, and even managed to
get a tan whilst we were out on the hills! Best of all we passed the
famous Holloywood sign during our ride (you know the one!).
Actually perhaps even better than that was the fact Fitbit logged
our ride as yet another workout!
After pretty much sleeping through the whole 10-hour flight it was
off the plane and straight to Park Club to teach my SpinFit class!
What jet lag??
So would I move to LA? In a heartbeat! This city is soooo fun and
interesting. There are so many exciting activities, sights, sounds
and foods to discover and enjoy. Living in Los Angeles is never
dull. I can’t wait to go back one day!