Santa Monica Mulls Regulating Outdoor Workout Classes

If regulations are approved, trainers who use parks and beaches would have to pay $100 for a yearly permit and give the city 15 percent of their profits.

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    The City of Santa Monica is considering banning workout classes and boot camps from city parks, or requiring trainers to pay up for using public land. While people enjoy exercising under the trees, others say the training disturbs the peace at the park. Angie Crouch reports from Santa Monica for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2012. (Published Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012)

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    There are now so many outdoor group exercise classes the city is considering a crackdown since trainers are making money on city property instead of renting studios.

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    "There's definitely two sides to the issue," said Karen Ginsberg, Santa Monica community and cultural affairs director. "We want to promote active lifestyles, but yet want to preserve Palisades Park for all to use."

    Some park visitors complain fitness groups are making too much noise, ruining the grass, and tying bands and other equipment to trees and light poles.

    "I think it brings a different kind of feel to the park," said Joan Manchester. "If it's an individual doing Yoga, it's fine. If it's a group, it's probably something that they should have a studio to do it in."

    The City Council is considering strict regulations on the growing industry. A vote is set for January.

    If approved, classes with more than two people would be banned completely from Palisades Park. Those who train at other city parks and on the beach would have to pay $100 for a yearly permit, and give the city 15 percent of their profits. Trainers would also have to be licensed, and carry insurance against injury.

    The regulations could be put in place early next year if approved.

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