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Monday, January 4, 2010
KJLH 102.3 FM
The Front Page w/Dominique DiPrima and Yours Truly
Black People and Weight Loss
4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Alright, so we all know the number one New Year’s resolution for most people is to lose weight. I am no different. In fact, I am even more serious about it right now as I am about go out of the country and I want to be in tip top shape before I board the plane.

There are two things I an incorporating into my routine this year to go along with my hiking and tennis. I am either going to take up soccer or softball, I love both and I am starting Pilates this week to work on my core, a.k.a. problem spot number one, my stomach.

So with that in mind, for my folks in Los Angeles, here are a few no cost and low cost options for trying something new this year. I really do encourage you to try give it a try. I am not a fan of dumping money into gym memberships that almost never get used after the initial sign up. I am a huge fan of utilizing the parks that my tax dollars pay for and supporting local people and organizations offering low cost or no cost classes and programs, especially in this economy.

I’ll be discussing weight loss on KJLH’s Front Page Monday, January 4 from 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. with my girl Dominique DiPrima so tune in…

Here are my recommendations…

Tennis (Low Cost)

At 28, Le George Mauldin has been playing tennis for 25 years. A native of Los Angeles, Le George is known for his ability to teach both adults and youth the art of playing tennis.

A high performance master tennis instructor who has trained with tennis super stars Venus and Serena Williams, Le George is currently an instructor at the Venus and Serena Tennis & Tutorial Academy at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of L.A. Among his accomplishments include having several of his s students regularly compete in the USTA Southern California.

As a master instructor, Le George is available for both private and group lessons for adults and youth and day and evening classes.

Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy
Adult Group Tennis Class

January 11-March 5
Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$88 for one class per week
5001 South Rodeo Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90016
Next door to Dorsey High School
Click here to register

Hiking (Free)

Runyon Canyon Park is a 130 acre park two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, just west of the 101 Hollywood Freeway extending north to Mulholland Drive. There are entrances on Fuller Avenue, Vista Street, and off Mulholland. Since 1983 when it was acquired by the City of Los Angeles with a grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, it has been managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation as an ‘Urban Wilderness.’

There are three ways to enter Runyon Canyon; two entrances at the bottom of the park in the South, and one at the top, in the North.
When entering at the bottom of the canyon the walker can choose to go round clockwise or counter-clockwise. Going clockwise involves gradually climbing up as one makes ones way towards the back of the canyon, swinging round to the east ridge to Clouds Rest and then coming down the steep slope and steps to Inspiration Point, before taking up the central fire road back down to the Fuller Ave entrance. Going counter-clockwise is a much more energetic climb up the steps and steep slopes between Inspiration Point and Clouds Rest, before the long and gentle road back down. Allow between 30-45 minutes for these routes.
Entering from Mulholland there are a couple of short hikes up Indian Rock to the highest point in the canyon with 360-degree views including the valley to the North. The alternative route follows the fire road round the rock and splits off towards the Western High Way or goes towards Clouds Rest and a choice of circuits.

There is the western trail which, from the southern approach at Vista, starts just inside the secondary gates (where dogs can be let off their leashes) and takes the hiker along the spine of the ridge to the second highest point in the canyon with magnificent views to the West and South.

This is a considerably more taxing climb than the previous routes described and if followed by a descent via either the fire road or the eastern ridge route will take between 60-90 minutes. Taking in Indian Rock will add another 10-20 minutes.

There is another lesser-known route through the bottom of the canyon which starts by the sharp bend in the lower fire road. From here just follow the path past the ruins and over the foundation slab and then along what would once have been the river bed and eventually you will emerge at the bend at the back of the canyon before the final rise up to Clouds Rest. The last bit of this route is a bit of a scramble but most of the rest of it is less strenuous than the climb between Inspiration Point and Clouds Rest.

Directly opposite where the Lower Canyon Trail joins the fire road, there is another steep hike over the Middle Rock which comes out by the electricity pylon just south of Indian Rock, and to the right is another river bed walk which brings you out just north of the Lloyd Wright house.

Parking can be a hassle, but the streets adjacent to Runyon Canyon open up at 8 a.m. daily for 2 hour parking.

How to Get to Runyon Canyon

My Way – Take La Brea North to Franklin, Left on Franklin, Right on Fuller to Dead End, Look for Parking

South entrance — Hollywood Fwy (101) to Highland Avenue. South to Franklin Ave. West on Franklin to Fuller, north on Fuller to dead end. Park on street.

North Entrance — 2.6 miles east of Laurel Canyon Blvd. on Mulholland Drive

Pilates (Free to Low Cost)

Increasing concern about America’s childhood obesity problem inspired Kim Carruthers to begin her non-profit program Pilates in the ‘Hood. The program is currently featured in many of Los Angeles’ urban elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. Pilates in the ‘Hood recently partnered with the L.A. Care Health Plan, a community accountable health insurance plan. The program seeks to bring health and awareness to inner cities communities.

Kim started her career as a professional dancer, performing with Alvin Ailey and other New York City based dance companies. Kim obtained Pilates certification at The Pilates Studio 1997. A graduate of The Healing Arts College, Kimberley is a certified and licensed massage therapist and has been certified with the American Council on Exercise since 1997.

As Featured in Newsweek Magazine…

Kim Carruthers has taught Pilates to Tyra Banks and Patricia Arquette, but a highlight of her career was helping Jamila Ofumbi fit into her prom dress. Ofumbi, a 17-year-old from South-Central L.A., had read in a fashion magazine that Banks firmed her frame with thrice-weekly Pilates classes, and she reached out to Carruthers. “I knew if someone just helped me, I could learn,” she says. Carruthers discounted some of Ofumbi’s classes; Ofumbi earned the rest of the money she needed braiding hair and washing cars.

Their relationship was mutually beneficial. Ofum-bi looked great in her gown (low-cut, backless), and Carruthers found her calling. In addition to training celebs and ladies who lunch at her Hollywood studio, she teaches at the Boys & Girls Club in South-Central. Early next year she will open the first in her chain of inner-city Pilates studios, called Pilates in the ‘ Hood, where small groups can take classes for a fraction of her standard $80 fee. “I just want to offer this to young girls who don’t have the same options as other girls,” says Carruthers, a former Alvin Ailey dancer.

“They want to feel good about themselves. I figure anything that helps is worth it.” Ask Jamila Ofumbi. She lost 45 pounds.

Pilates in the Hood
Women, Men, Youth

Free Childcare Provided
All Classes Are Free

Mondays 6 p.m., Thursdays 5:30 p.m. (1 Hour Classes)
L.A. Care Family Resource Center
(At the corner of Century & Crenshaw)
3111 W. Century Blvd. Suite 100
Inglewood, CA 90303
Parking is free. Childcare is provided.

Mondays 4 p.m.
L.A. Care Family Resource Center
(In Plaza Mexico Shopping Center)
3180 E. Imperial Highway
Lynwood, CA 90262
Parking is free.

Private Studio (By Appointment Only):
Physical Perfection
5028 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (213) 840-0868
Email: kimlates@yahoo.com


Coach E & Ultimate Transformations (Call for Pricing Details)


Erich Nall, affectionately known as Coach E, has been training professional athletes, actors and professionals for the past 16 years. He’s a staple on KJLH’s Front Page with Dominique DiPrima who swears by him.

Among the locations he holds boot camps are Kenneth Hahn Park.

If you want to go the personal trainer route, I recommend checking him out.


The Village Health Foundation (Free to Low Cost)

The Village Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2001 by community icon Jewel Thais Williams to provide affordable, accessible, and effective professional services in complementary medicine to the community offering nontoxic treatments for people.

In addition to the medical services they hold a monthly health work shop that focuses on eating healthy, cooking healthy, yoga, and other healthy living alternatives. They specialize in helping people make the transition from unhealthy lifestyles to healthy living, which for many of us is a struggle.

Winter Health Workshop Series
Saturday & Sunday January 30&31
Village Health Foundation, Inc.
4073-75 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019-4308