There are plenty of L.A. gyms where ripped folks can bro it hard (and whatever the female equivalent is) as they prepare for competitive beach volleyball and topless commercial auditions. By contrast, Everybody is a supremely welcoming gym, for any and all wishing to improve their bodily condition. Founded by upbeat owners Sam Rypinski and Lake Sharp in January, the bright, colorful health club, on a light-industrial stretch of San Fernando Road across from the L.A. River, is committed to absolute acceptance across all demographics — meaning not only class, ethnicity and sexual orientation but also what physical shape a person is in when they walk in the door. From the cool modern rock playing in the background to the mural-covered wall backing the outdoor Crossfit area to the cleverly designed unisex locker room, this gym just has a good vibe. Throw in a three-tier sliding-scale membership based on honor-system income reporting, discounts for neighborhood locals and some classes en español, and Everybody feels like a refuge of generous egalitarianism in these all-too-fractious times.
Credit: Adam Gropman