Exercise + video games = Pure fun at I-Fitness KidZone

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carole-rosnerBY CAROLE ROSNER

Whether your kid plays sports or not, it’s often hard to persuade him or her to get off the couch, shut off the computer or hang up the phone and get some daily exercise.

We’re all told  that kids (and adults) should exercise every daily.  But as we all know, sometimes exercise just isn’t that much fun.


(L-R) Exercisers Alexis and Lexi.

Luckily for kids, I-Fitness KidZone comes to the rescue.  It’s an interactive children’s fitness facility that’s just right for today’s ‘tech-y’ kids, ages 5-16. Owner Ryan Hughes, an Australian native, opened his Sherman Oaks fitness a center a year ago in the In-N-Out Burger shopping center, after having worked with adults and kids as a personal trainer for the last ten years.

Besides being a exercise advocate, Hughes also loves video games.  In fact, he loves them so much he created a 2,100-square-foot workout space that’s packed with virtual boxing rings, jet skis, racing cars and dodgeball courts. There’s dancing, fencing, table tennis and skiing — all played on a video screen.

Kids can pedal their stationary bikes through the Swiss Alps and jump rope on a giant “light space” board. They can follow Jackie Chan through a virtual obstacle course and have a dance-off against a friend on the arcade-style Dance Dance Revolution.

Owner Ryan Hughes

Owner Ryan Hughes virtually snowboards.

“My son Joseph loves it here!” says Charlene Black, an Encino resident, about her 10-year-old son.  “He always has a great time. We’re telling everyone about this place. Joseph gets very sweaty and has lots of fun. The staff is very attentive and he meets lots of other kids.”


What’s great for parents is that this is a drop-off gym where boys and girls ages four through thirteen can get a thorough workout in a kid-friendly environment. Most kids spend about two hours at I-Fitness per outing. Day passes are $12 and an unlimited monthly pass is $39.

I-Fitness offers all-inclusive birthday parties (with food, invitations and goody bags) along with day camp during school breaks. Ryan and his crew are available for mobile events where the games are brought to any location.  (Virtual snowboarding is very popular on Bar and Bat Mitzvah circuit.)


The kids going to I-Fitness don’t think about the exercise, they just think about the fun — and perhaps In-N-Out — but no sweat, they can exercise it off!


This Sunday,  August 16, I-Fitness will hold a Guitar Hero charity event for Children’s Hospital from noon until 6 p.m.  Guitar Hero’s developers will be at I-Fitness to play against kids and their parents.

www.i-fit-kidzone.com 818.788.KIDZ (5439) Open Monday-Friday Noon-8pm Saturday—10am-4pm Sundays closed for private parties. 4454 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.


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