11 reasons Culver City is becoming LA’s hottest wellness ‘hood

culver_city_studio_mdr WeHo and the Westside have some serious competition in the race to become Los Angeles’ healthiest ’hood. Culver City, located just south of Beverly Hills and east of Venice, is quickly gaining ground as the destination of choice for new yoga studios, superfood cafés, and fitness fashion shops.

Why are good-for-you brands are scrambling to set up shop in this super-central part of town? It’s filled with top art galleries, media and entertainment HQs (from Apple-owned Beats by Dre to Sony Studios), and residential streets filled with young families.

And with the recent arrival of a light rail that goes to downtown LA (and, soon, Santa Monica), plus a major new shopping and dining hub called The Platform at Hayden Tract opening next spring, Culver City is attracting a fresh crop of high-profile tenants.

“We’ve definitely seen a surge of businesses here that focus on health and wellness,” says Lisa Hirsch, founder of Marina del Rey Pilates haven The Studio (MDR), who opened a Culver City location in fall 2014. “The Culver City clientele tends to be more of the 9-to-5 commuter crowd… We have clients traveling from all over LA, and there is something about crossing Lincoln that screams ‘traffic’ to a lot of people coming from the east.”

From the thriving streets of downtown to the up-and-coming business districts west on Washington Boulevard, these 11 new (and upcoming) arrivals are the Culver City healthy hotspots you’ll want to know about. —Erin Magner 

(Photo: The Studio (MDR) East)


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SoulCycle IPO1. SoulCycle
Debuting at The Platform in 2016, this won’t just be one of the largest SoulCycle locations on the West Coast—it’s also going to be the indoor cycling giant’s new LA headquarters. Other wellness-driven tenants at the shopping center will include Juice Served Here and botanical skin care brand Aesop. 8850 Washington Blvd.

(Photo: SoulCycle)


culver_city_make_out2. Make Out
Raw food guru Matthew Kenney chose Culver City for his first grab-and-go café due to the proximity of the local movie studios, and as expected, it’s found favor among the area’s creative set since opening in the spring. Expect ultra-clean lunch fare—wraps, salads, grain bowls—along with an array of juices, caffeinated tonics, and smoothies. 9426 W. Washington Blvd., (310) 280-9355


culver_city_maitri_yoga3. Maitri Yoga Store
Just seven months old, Maitri stocks lots of things you’ll need look fly on the mat, from printed leggings by LVR and Om Shanti to Mexican yoga blankets and chic water bottles by bkr. Bonus points: you can wear your new leggings right away at the store’s regularly scheduled yoga classes. 11160 Washington Blvd., Unit C, (310) 730-6168


culver_city_cliffs_id_1 4. Cliffs of Id
You’ll want to check your fear of heights at the door when this soon-to-be-open fitness studio debuts—it’s the neighborhood’s first destination for indoor rock climbing and rope climbing. When it opens its doors in late 2015, the space will also house personal training and yoga. (Possibly to calm new climbers’ nerves after dangling from on high?) 2537 S. Fairfax Ave.


culver_city_studio_mdr25. The Studio (MDR) East
Since expanding east of the 405, The Studio (MDR) East has been so jam-packed that founder Lisa Hirsch is launching a third location in the Culver City-adjacent Playa Vista development in December. One reason why the eastern outpost has been so popular—aside from its hurt-so-good Megaformer workouts? An in-studio boutique selling athleisure gear and amazing instructors. 13357 W. Washington Blvd., (310) 881-9467

(Photo: The Studio (MDR) East)


cold_thirsty_storefront6. Cold & Thirsty
Feeling blah? This two-month-old cryotherapy juice bar, the first in the country, promises to get you back on track in five minutes flat (we’re pretty sure that’s faster than an almond milk latte). Grab a cold-pressed Renew Juicery tonic from the bar, head to the back room for a dip in a sub-zero cryotherapy chamber (-250° F!), and owners Brooke Rewa and Katie Kaufmann say you’ll be feeling energized and free of aches and pains by the time you walk out the door. 12460 W. Washington Blvd., (310) 280-8483, coldandthirsty.com

(Photo: Cold & Thirsty)


culver_city_studio_elevate7. Studio Elevate
Fitness guru and Pilates Platinum alum Leah Polcyn Kitching opened Elevate in spring 2015 on Washington Boulevard (recently Cold & Thirsty opened next door). The workout combines both Pilates reformers and indoor cycling in the same space—in some cases, even in the same class—giving you a double hit of cardio and strength training. 12462 W. Washington Blvd., (424) 289-8788

(Photo: Studio Elevate)


culver_city_beat_box8. Beat Box
When it’s not serving as a venue for dance rehearsals, photo shoots, and film production, this giant studio is the Westside home of Groov3, star choreographer Benjamin Allen’s hugely popular all-levels dance fitness class. It’s got easy-to-follow moves mixed with hip hop throwbacks and top 40 anthems—and the dance party formula draws packed classes. 11828 Teale St., (562) 865-4201

(Photo: Beat Box)


Sambar9. SĀMBĀR
The second Culver City restaurant from chef Akasha Richmond—a champion for all things local and sustainable—this three-month-old spot combines authentic Indian spices and techniques with farm-fresh California ingredients. The veggie-heavy menu includes plenty of vegan and gluten-free options (and, thankfully, no Americanized chicken tikka masala). 9531 Culver Blvd., (310) 558-8800

(Photo: SĀMBĀR)


culver_city_veda_yoga 10. Veda Yoga Center
At just over a year old, this studio has been winning raves among locals for its eclectic class schedule (featuring everything from Vinyasa flow to Kundalini to acro-yoga), friendly instructors, and reasonable prices ($10 per class when you buy a package). For the go-deep yogis, teacher training and weekly inversion workshops are also on offer. 9349 Venice Blvd., (310) 621-2063

(Photo: Veda Yoga Center)


culver_city_aerial_warehouse11. Aerial Warehouse
Listen up, aspiring stuntwomen and Cirque du Soleil performers—this brand-new studio is about to become your new favorite workout spot (after all, its founders once did time in those exact jobs). Aerial Warehouse offers sessions in basic and intermediate aerial skills, trampoline acrobatics, and Parkour—with Lululemon gear in place of leotards (phew!). 3961 Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 397-2200

(Photo: Aerial Warehouse)


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