From the “only in LA files” we have a new concept in workout: a fitness concierge. In an upscale hotel, the concierge is the go-to person when you want recommendations of a good restaurant, tickets to a show or the name of a good dry cleaner. They have the town wired and are happy to share that information with the guests. A fitness concierge is focused on all aspects of the Los Angeles gym scene. It’s a way for folks to break out of their self-imposed workout rut and explore all the other options available.
“We started incubating the idea during the rise of the boutique studio,” FITiST co-founder Neda Talebian Funk told a local newspaper. “Individuals are increasingly booking things and shopping online, so we created a one-stop-shop for the best of the best in boutique studios and fitness and wellness providers in the City.”
The idea would be for you to change up your workout regimen. Maybe there is a hot Pilates class happening on your lunch break. Or there is a visiting yoga master who has an opening on one of their programs. What about a cool place for a kick-boxing training session? The fitness concierge can point you in the right direction. You can even tailor make your programs from “toning down” to “holiday weight loss” to “mom to be.” This also means you don’t have to be a member of one gym to take advantage of all these satellite-type of classes but instead of you spending your day Googling, let the concierge find them for you.
Los Angeles has always had a thriving gym scene. If you’re not part of that scene then you’re really missing out on a wonderful social networking opportunity. What’s great is that most gyms allow for a guest pass. This lets you sample the gym and get the vibe before committing to a membership. Try out a few gyms: the workouts are free!
Naturally, if you have a home gym you might be thinking you don’t need to step outside and join a club. Time for a reality check: How often do you use that home gym? Does the treadmill get a workout as a clothes hanger? Are the weights door stops? It’s understandable; just because you have some gym equipment in your home doesn’t mean you’re going to be motivated to use it. However, if you join a gym you’ll find a lot of positive motivation. First step, call Junk King to get rid of that old equipment. You don’t want that collecting dust anymore. Junk King Los Angeles can load all of that stuff onto the back of their truck and let you wave good-bye to it once and for all. They can also toss out any other oversize item you want to get rid of. This is one workout where you won’t break a sweat but that’s okay. Get rid of your junk and join a gym today: that’s where you should be sweating!
Top of the long list of benefits of living in Los Angeles is the weather. Yes, we have a few rainy days but for most of the year its blue skies and balmy nights. That makes grilling a year round event. A survey of Los Angeles home dwellers will find that the vast majority has a grill out in the backyard standing by for cooking duty. Today’s grills are easy to light, use and clean. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone is a grill master. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when grilling.
First and foremost get it hot. You should fire up your grill and let it warm up for at least 15-25 minutes. Not only will this guarantee an even heat for your cooking but it’s also the perfect method for wiping out any lingering bacteria on the grill. That hot grill is going to let you get a perfect sear for your meats. It’s that charred carmelization which gives the meat a burst of flavor in every bite. If you are using charcoal as opposed to propane make sure you’re getting the additive free variety. With propane you can still get that smoke flavor. All you’ll need to do is soak some mesquite wood chips, wrap them loosely in foil and cook them alongside the food. The smoke which rises off the chips will infuse with the meats for even more flavor.
Before putting any meat on the grill, you could give it a good scraping. It’s best to clean a grill when it is hot. If you put off this job from the last cook-out then give your grill the once over before you get started. There is no guarantee that your meat, fish or chicken won’t stick to the grill. To insulate yourself from this happening, soak a paper towel in vegetable oil. Then using tongues, rub the towel across the grate to oil up the grill. No stick guaranteed!
Your meat should be at room temperature before putting it on the grill. Just take it out a half hour before cooking and you should be fine. If you’re using a marinade, don’t go for the access left over in the bowl where the raw meat was soaking. It’s better to use fresh marinade for brushing the meat while it is cooking.
After considering the above tips you’re probably eager to get grilling but if your grill has seen better days it might be time to invest in a new model. You’ll find a lot of great bargains on grills at this time of the year. To remove that old grill all you need do is set an appointment with Junk King Los Angeles. They are the junk removal specialists who can toss that old grill and any other junk onto the back of their truck. It’s the safest and most affordable way to get rid of bulky items. The quicker you do that the quicker you can get to the grill!
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