Your Best Exercise Options in the Greater Sherman Oaks Area


In Los Angeles, we are never short on trendy fitness programs fighting for the ability to keep us in shape. Different programs and gyms offer different results and commitments, but there is truly something for everyone in this huge city. Even if you are localized near our offices in Sherman Oaks, there is no shortage of excellent and unique fitness options to keep you fit while having fun.

CorePower Yoga
13920 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

CorePower Yoga is one of LA’s favorite studios to find your zen and stay fit. Offering classes from beginning yoga to upbeat heated flow classes, there is something for every fitness level. Plus, the instructors always play the best music and help you stay engaged. This is not your mother’s yoga class!

We love: CorePower’s yoga sculpt classes give you the best of yoga with added weights, so you can find your inner peace while giving your arms and booty some necessary tone. We guarantee you won’t even realize you’re working so hard!

Pure Barre
13559 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Pure Barre is the latest fitness craze sweeping LA, and for good reason! This is a total body workout that is designed to keep you lean, strong and toned with ballet-inspired moves blended with pilates and yoga poses. It is a fun, fast-paced workout that will help you improve balance, core strength and stamina.

We love: Barre with friends! Invite a pal to take class with you to keep you accountable and help you achieve tangible goals.

Fuel RX Fitness
13238 Riverside Dr
Sherman Oaks, CA 19423

Fuel RX prides themselves on placing “people first, fitness second.” It is a workout program designed for women who are looking to boost their metabolism, build strength and burn large amounts of fat while forming a sense of community. Your group will be there to provide you with support, encouragement and positive feedback to help you push yourself further than you thought you could go with your fitness!

We love: This workout is empowering for women who may not be in their best shape but are looking to make a life readjustment. It is great for all ages and all levels of fitness!

Sandbox Fitness
13577 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Sandbox Fitness is exactly what it sounds like: workout classes in the sand to get you in shape for any season. From bootcamp and TRX to pilates and yoga, you can choose a workout that you enjoy to get you in the best shape of your life.

We love: Sandbox’s Surfset class, taught on balancing surfboards in the sand. Talk about a full body workout!

If you would like to learn more about fitness options in Sherman Oaks or are looking for a body contouring procedure to augment your weight loss results, we are here for you! Contact the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule your consultation with Dr. Elias today: (818) 696-4425.

Healthy Eating in the San Fernando Valley


“The Valley”, as Los Angeles locals refer to it, is known for its hotter than hot summers, a wealth of movie studios and plenty of traffic flowing in and out of downtown LA. However, the Valley, and Sherman Oaks, in particular, has become a great place to grab a healthy meal during your lunch break, or even after your appointment in our offices.

Here are our top 5 go-to spots in the greater Sherman Oaks area (mostly on Ventura) for a meal that fits your diet and budget:

Mendocino Farms
14141 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, 91423

Mendocino Farms has grown in the past 5 years, opening up dozens of locations all around Southern California, and Sherman Oaks is happy to have them here! This sandwich shop serves the highest quality ingredients in combinations that will make your mouth water just from reading the menu!

The best part? Their “blue plate” option gives you a chance to order half of a sandwich with a small side: the perfect portion size. Plus, their sides (which are all available to sample) are made fresh and are each equally delicious. Enjoy your sandwich, soup, salad and/or side no matter your mood and no matter your diet restrictions (yes, they have a vegan menu)!

The Harvest Bar
15030 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Who doesn’t love a good acai bowl on a summer’s day? The Harvest Bar is our favorite place to go for this trendy and healthy food craze, and it is one of the best acai bowls in the area. While they also serve amazing, fresh salads, we recommend you come here for your fix of healthy berries and greens. Our favorite is the Greens Bowl, which gives you all of the nutrients you need for a successful and energy-filled day.

veSTATION
14435 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, 91423

Looking for a healthy, vegan twist on classic Thai meals? You have officially fount it! veSTATION is an all-vegan Asian fusion restaurant that blends all that you love about Thai flavors and textures with health-conscious, plant-based ingredients. If you are on a health kick, you might avoid some of the fried options available, but know that this is a place you can bring your carnivorous friends to actually enjoy meat-free foods. We recommend the Raw Kale Salad, Red Curry or their version of Pad Thai. You will not regret making this your next lunch date (or Netflix and takeout night).

California Pita
14568 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, 91403

For a quick, healthy meal that will not break the bank, look no further than California Pita. This place has authentic Mediterranean meals that taste great, are made fresh and are packed with nutrients. Most Mediterranean meals are light and include protein of your choice, salad, and hummus (though you can add rice as well). They also deliver locally, so you can enjoy your kebab right from your couch or desk!

Yagumo Sushi
14554 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, 91405

Yagumo may not be in Sherman Oaks, but right down the street in Van Nuys is this cozy little sushi spot that serves some of the best sushi in Los Angeles. You cannot beat prices here, especially for the quality of their fish and kindness of the servers and chefs. Though they do have sushi options for the less health-conscious crowd, a plate of Nigiri with a side of edamame may be one of the best, healthiest meals there is. Plus, you can enjoy watching (or partaking in) one of their spicy challenges, which involves eating two hand rolls with a spicy level 10. Challenge winners get a free t-shirt and a photo on the wall (and of course bragging rights!).

For more information on keeping yourself healthy throughout the summer, or to give us your suggestions, call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts today: (818) 696-4425.