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Summer in Los Angeles: 5 Ways to sweat and cool down

It's summer in Los Angeles—beat the heat and stay cool with our top five ways to break a sweat in LA.
By Katherine Kims |

It's summer in Los Angeles, which means Angelenos are finding ways to chill out and cool down as temperatures rise. Sure, you can head for the city's bars with a view and sip on the summer cocktails or staycation it on the best beaches in LA. But we're beating the heat by breaking a sweat. From the inferno challenge of LA's spiciest dishes to busting a move on the dance floor, here are five ways to sweat.

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Break a sweat

Sure, Runyon and hot yoga get you moving, but the same ol' Down Dog can be—yawn—a bit of a bore. Get your heart racing at these not-your-typical (and sometimes wacky) workouts. From yoga on a stand-up paddleboard to sweating it out with Richard Simmons (headband, optional), check out these only-in-LA fitness classes.


Dance your tail off

Forget bar-hopping in Hollywood or partying on the Strip. It's time to dress up in your disco wear and strip down to your skivvies at LA's best dance parties. Hit the dance floor and freak out to house, techno, hip hop (no top 40's here) at these off-the-beaten path soirees.


Burn your butthole

Singe your taste buds (and your butthole) on the city's most fiery dishes. We double dare you to eat your way through the top seven plates from Thai stir-frys to habanero-hot tacos.

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Escape to the desert

Tempertures are high in LA, but things are really heating up in Palm Springs at the desert's best poolside parties. Relive Old Hollywood with classic movie screenings, brush up on your flip cup skills or get down to drum beats and DJ sets— all set to a background of cabana boys and bikini babes.

Photograph: Courtesy Natura Spa

Steam, soak and scrub at the sauna

Take a trip to Koreatown's saunas for an all-day sweat-fest of heated stone rooms and herbal steams. Families and night owls can laze for 24 hours at the Disneyland of Korean saunas, Wi Spa. Late night jimjilbang can also be had at the smaller (and quieter) Century Sports, while those looking for more "aaaaah" than "ouch" can head to Olympic Spa and the luxe Aroma Spa. Prefer privacy or want a barnyard meets East–type burn? Head to Willow Spa for an intense dry enzyme bath (think: being buried under hot wood shavings and rice bran), used by Japanese Olympians to soothe aching muscles. Or if you want to catch up on your Netflix queue or power nap as you perspire, rest your head (and S-W-E-A-T) on Shape House infrared beds.

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