“I love L.A.: the weather, the hiking, the ocean and the outdoor activities you can do all year long,” says Dede Lagree, co-owner and director of training at Lagree Fitness Studio, where she works with celebs like Rihanna, Ashley Graham and Viola Davis. This summer is a busy one, with a new Lagree Fitness Studio opening in Santa Monica and L.A.’s first-ever curved treadmill studio, TONED, debuting in West Hollywood adjacent to the original Lagree studio, with curved treadmills to absorb shock during high-intensity, low-impact 25-minute sessions. Having moved from New York eight years ago, she also cites L.A.’s produce as a reason for her devotion. “You can’t beat the readily available, superhealthy, fresh food options!” Here, Lagree’s favorite local spots to eat clean, work out and people-watch.
“I love République on La Brea and I swear by their breakfast potatoes—they have the most delicious seasoning ever! I usually get those with eggs and avocado.”
“Gracias Madre in West Hollywood has a really cute outdoor space for dining, and everything on the plant-based menu is superfresh."
Work It Out
“I’m the biggest champion of Lagree Fitness Studio’s newest 25-minute workout on the Supra machine. It inclines like a treadmill and tilts left to right like a space simulator, forcing you to use your core and all 600 muscles! It’s cardio, strength-training, endurance building and flexibility all in one—there’s nothing else like it!”
“Runyon Canyon in Hollywood reminds me of Times Square—anything goes! Last week, I saw a dog with a mohawk hiking. You can spot everyone from A-list actors to hikers with parrots on their shoulders to the world’s most tattooed man.”
Make A Splash
“Catalina Island is an amazing local scuba getaway. You’ll find seals, sea lions and kelp forests, and you can do lobster diving at night—which is so beautiful and fun!”
Photography by: catalina island and runyon canyon photos courtesy of los angeles tourism | dede lagree portrait by Mario Barberio; republique food photo by Jakob Layman |