With a career path made for movies, Steve Jordan—a featured trainer at Robb Report’s upcoming Health & Wellness Summit—was launched into the world of wellness by rehabilitating himself after a traumatic brain injury. His holistic approach to recovery and its incredible results soon landed him a position at the White House as a fitness instructor under the Clinton Administration. Now based in Los Angeles, Jordan is sought after by celebrities, power brokers, and professional athletes searching for transformation from the inside out. Having appeared on television’s Dr. Oz, The Today Show, and ABC News, he is also known for his trademarked, rehabilitative exercise program, Posture Perfect. (stevejordan.com)
Favorite spot in the city to work out indoors:
My favorite gym to work out at is Equinox on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The vibe is motivating, the space is open, and I tend to know a lot of the staff and members who come in, so it becomes a healthy social opportunity for me. My favorite studio to work out in is my own, Steve Jordan Acceleration. I’m not just saying this because I own the studio, but it has great equipment that you can’t find anywhere else, so I get to play with some fun tools that create amazing results.
Favorite spot to exercise outdoors:
My favorite outdoor workout is running on San Vicente Boulevard between Ocean Avenue and 26th Street. The grass provides extra cushion to avoid too much stress on the body, and there’s a slight incline (depending on direction) for the 4-mile loop, which creates a nice challenge. I also like to run up the bleachers and on the track at UCLA’s Drake Stadium for a High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) session. And then of course surfing or stand-up paddleboarding at Malibu’s famous Surfrider break is a great way to stay fit and have fun in the water.
Favorite fitness classes:
My tight schedule with clients makes it hard for me to commit to classes, but I do like SoulCycle in West Hollywood. I have also taken a Physique 57 class in Beverly Hills with my girlfriend, and I was humbled when I couldn’t finish several of the moves that all of the women made look so easy. When I get into a routine of doing vinyassa yoga at level two or three, I really enjoy going to YogaWorks in Westwood, which is walking distance from where I live.
Favorite form of cross-training:
I really enjoy HITT programs—working large muscle groups by slamming medicine balls, pressing barbells, and doing pull-ups and body-weight squats. This type of workout keeps my heart rate elevated for cardiovascular benefit, and keeps me mentally and physically strong so I can be prepared to do more in life. I also love the hormonal changes I feel for days and weeks after exercising like that. And you can do this type of workout at almost any gym, as it should have all the basic equipment necessary.
Best place to shop for quality fitness apparel:
I’m a Lululemon ambassador, and I love their lifestyle line because I can go out to lunch or run errands in my workout attire and not feel like I just left the gym. I also just found the brand YogasMoga and I am really digging their styles, colors, and fabrics. And my favorite sneakers to wear are Nike. No one does it like Nike when it comes to function and style.
Best place to buy a bicycle:
I haven’t bought a bicycle in a long time because I love the one I have, but Helen’s Cycle in Westwood is where I go to get my bike tuned up. They have great customer service and competitive prices. They also have annual sales where you can get great discounts on the best brands and accessories.
Favorite spot to refuel after a workout?
I’m a big believer in juicing and love the variety of flavors and convenience offered at Pressed Juicery. Anything green is usually what I’ll order. I am also a big fan of Café Gratitude. I just love the idea of going to a restaurant and being able to create conversation around the question of the day. It is usually thought-provoking and helps me become centered.
Favorite high-end restaurant for a healthy lunch:
My favorite high-end restaurant for lunch is Nobu in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway. Its signature dishes and sushi are one-of-a-kind and leave me blissfully sated.
Favorite high-end restaurant for a healthy dinner:
The Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel is my favorite high-end spot for dinner. Not all of the items on the menu are necessarily healthy, but you can always make nutritious decisions such as ordering the fish or holding the French fries when that’s your preference. The owner, Jeff Klein, is a good friend of mine and his maître d’, Dimitri, and the entire staff always make me feel welcome.
Best luxury-hotel gym:
The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is home to my favorite hotel gym, and I’ve experienced enough to say this with confidence. I like its indoor/outdoor layout with great views of the pool and the fact that it has the Power Plate, one of my go-to pieces of equipment that I use in my fitness studio.
Best luxury-hotel spa:
The Spa Montage at the Montage Beverly Hills has the best spa services around, and you will feel pampered and relaxed the minute you walk in. The massage therapists are professional, the staff is attentive, and the ambience is tranquil.
Other fitness-related favorites in the city:
I’m originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles 14 years ago, so all of the city is a fitness favorite for me. The weather here gives me an opportunity to get outside and be active almost every day of the year. One of my favorite hidden gems is Santa Monica College’s outdoor lap pool. For around $5 dollars you can swim in lanes next to some of the city’s most competitive swimmers or be inspired by the water-polo teams that practice there. Swimming is a great activity at any age or level. (stevejordan.com)