Former pro boxer Alex Brenes brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm and skill to his Chinatown boxing gym, City of Angels Boxing, where he cracks the whip (and also cracks jokes) to get people in shape. Located in a funky, mural-filled warehouse that has all the necessary boxing amenities, Brenes' one-hour boxing classes are for anyone who wants to train like a professional boxer but not be punched by one. Brenes likes to say that he wants to bring playtime back to adults, so you know you'll have fun while working off the pounds. It's especially good for people who are tired of the same old gym routine and want to spice things up. 1726 N. Spring St., Chinatown. (323) 630-1974, —Patrick Range McDonald

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