Your friends and relatives coming into town for the holidays are poised to consume a load of food and drink. After a few days of shameless revelry, however, they might want to go work off some of those calories. If you belong to a gym or health club, have them tag along (beware, guests may have to pay). But even if you don't have a membership, many places around town allow nonmembers, most for a fee of $10 to $20 per day.
Members of national chains such as Gold's Gym, Bally Total Fitness or 24 Hour Fitness can usually work out at an affiliate club for no charge. It's a good idea to check first to find out the company's policy. Most of these gyms also have Web sites with club locators.
Many hotels have fitness centers, but facilities vary widely, from circa-1950s stationary bikes to state-of-the-art cardio equipment, pools and classes. When making reservations, ask what the facilities include and the hours. If the hotel lacks a fitness center, find out if it's affiliated with a nearby gym. Also, some hotels with sizable gyms allow anyone -- not just hotel guests -- to work out for a fee.
Spending time at the gym over the holidays is the perfect way to have your pumpkin pie and eat it too, says Shannon May, spokeswoman for San Francisco-based 24 Hour Fitness. "By working out over the holidays you don't have to pass on your traditional favorites," she says. "A lot of people around this time increase their cardio workouts or throw in an extra session with their personal trainer."
The holiday rush starts right after Thanksgiving, May adds, and goes through early January. "We see a steady flow of traffic in that time, people working off some of the treats they've indulged in."
Here's a partial list of gyms, studios and hotels around the Los Angeles area. In the case of some huge chains, such as Bally Total Fitness, not all area clubs could be listed, so check the Web site or call.
Guide to clubs, gyms
BALLY TOTAL FITNESS (www.ballyfitness.com)
The club allows nonmembers to work out for two weeks for free. Apply online for a guest pass. Also, the day after Thanksgiving, Bally opens up all of its clubs for a free workout on Feeling Fat Friday.
Hollywood: 1628 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 461-0227.
Pasadena: 45 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena; (626) 577-8588.
West Los Angeles: 1914 S. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles; (310) 820-7571.
North Hollywood: 13069 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 506-4208.
Encino: 17401 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 382-6060.
BODIES IN MOTION (www.bodiesinmotion.com)
Century City: 1950 Century Park East, Los Angeles; (310) 789-1111; day pass: $20 without accompanying a member, $10 with a member. Includes classes.
Pasadena: 900 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena; (626) 577-2211; day pass: $20 without accompanying a member, $10 with a member. Includes classes.
Santa Monica: 2730 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 264-0777; day pass: $20 without accompanying a member, $10 with a member. Includes classes.
Northridge: 10155 Reseda Blvd., Northridge; (818) 700-4900; day pass: $20, includes classes.
CENTER FOR YOGA
Los Angeles: 230 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 464-1276; individual classes: $15, but series of classes may also be purchased.
CITY YOGA (www.cityyoga.com)
Los Angeles: 1067 N. Fairfax Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 654-2125; individual classes are $15, but series of classes may also be purchased.
THE CLUB at MGM Plaza (www.clubmgm.com)
Santa Monica: 2425 Colorado Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica; (310) 829-2227; day pass: $10 Monday-Friday, $5 Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Los Angeles: 8000 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 654-4550; day pass: $24, includes classes.
Los Angeles: 8053 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 651-3636; day pass: $15, includes classes.
Santa Monica: 1233 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; (310) 395-4441; day pass: $15, includes classes.
EQUINOX FITNESS (www.equinoxnyc.com)
Pasadena: 260 East Colorado Blvd., Suite 212 (at Paseo Colorado), Pasadena; (626) 685-4800; day pass: $20, includes classes.
GOLD'S GYM (www.goldsgym.com)
Hollywood: 1016 N. Cole Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 462-7012; day pass, $20; two-week pass, $59; classes, $10 each.
Venice: 360 Hampton Drive, Venice; (310) 392-6004; day pass: $20, $70 for one week. Classes: $10 each.
Downtown L.A.: 735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; (213) 688-1441; day pass: $20, includes classes.
Pasadena: 39 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena; (626) 304-1133; day pass: $15, includes classes.
North Hollywood: 6233 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 506-4600; day pass: $10.
Huntington Beach: 8875 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach; (714) 378-4784; day pass: $10, includes classes
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL (www.loewshotels.com)
Santa Monica: 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 458-6700; day pass: $25, classes are $10 each.
RITZ-CARLTON, HUNTINGTON HOTEL & SPA (www.ritzcarlton.com)