Five Best Ways to Get Bruised in L.A.
The Best Of L.A. 2013 issue is on the streets, and jammed with listings of this vast town's best boutiques, dive-y bars and bodacious restaurants. But what about your mind? Your body? My God people, this is what counts! We've got a wealth of stuff -- so much, in fact, that you may miss some standout things you need to do. For you! Start big and bold, we say, with the five best ways to get bruised in L.A.:
Alex Brenes City of Angels Boxing, Chinatown
Best Boxing Classes: Alex Brenes' City of Angels Boxing
Alex Brenes City of Angeles Boxing
Former pro boxer Alex Brenes brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm and skill to his Chinatown boxing gym, City of Angels Boxing, where he cracks the whip (and also cracks jokes) to get people in shape. Located in a funky, mural-filled warehouse that has all the necessary boxing amenities, Brenes' one-hour boxing classes are for anyone who wants to train like a professional boxer but not be punched by one. Brenes likes to say that he wants to bring playtime back to adults, so you know you'll have fun while working off the pounds. It's especially good for people who are tired of the same old gym routine and want to spice things up. 1726 N. Spring St., Chinatown. (323) 630-1974, cityofangelsboxing.com. --Patrick Range McDonald
See also: our entire Best of L.A. edition here.
Best Dodgeball: WeHo Dodgeball League
Weho Dodgeball Weho Dodgeball
What's better than smashing a frenemy in the gut with a hard-hitting power throw during a rip-roaring dodgeball game? Knowing that doing so is helping to better the community in which you play. The recreational (yet fiercely competitive) WeHo Dodgeball league started up a little more than a year ago, and players have flocked to its courts to get their game on. But they've also found themselves part of an organization that's serious about giving back. League founder Jake Mason says, "Our fundamental belief is that WeHo Dodgeball is not only a community itself but a large part of the local community." That's meant collecting a U-Haul van's worth of clothing for the Gay & Lesbian Center, raising money for AIDS Project L.A., spearheading a toy drive for the West Hollywood Sheriff's station and hosting a fundraiser "open gym" for AIDS Walk. All that and a chance to win a trophy? Sign us up. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 638-4225, wehododgeball.com. --Ali Trachta