Los Angeles is home to fitness-obsessed types; it’s also a playground for cultural creatives. Now there’s a center that brings together the best of both worlds: Pilates and Arts--Echo Park.
Housed in a residential neighborhood, Pilates and Arts is first and foremost an exercise studio. You can sign up for all levels of Pilates classes (including jumpboard, which adds much-needed cardio to the standard regimen). There are also lessons in barre work, ballet, stretching, salsa and more. We’re bullish on the introductory price of $50 a class for a private Pilates session (a great deal, since they’re often $75 or more).
Pilates is only the half of it. On weekends, stop by the center’s group readings and art openings. (The current show features works on paper by local artist Robert Quijada.) Or take one of the low-pressure, hands-on classes in painting or winemaking, starting at $20 a session.
We like how owner Tannis Kobrinsky makes everyone feel at home, from experienced practitioners, such as herself, to newbie arts enthusiasts. Basically, if you’ve got muscles and a curious mind, you’ll find your groove here.
Pilates & Arts--Echo Park, 1844 Echo Park Ave.; 323-913-9460 or pilatesandarts.com