It's a fight over fitness in Santa Monica's parks


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica.

From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the city's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable.

Complaints about fitness enthusiasts blocking walkways and making too much noise have prompted the city to consider regulations to restrict some of the activity.

Among them are requiring that fitness trainers who conduct workouts in parks and on beaches pay an annual $100 fee and turn over 15 percent of their gross revenues to the city.

The proposals have some trainers objecting. They say they already pay the city for business licenses and police-issued permits to hold their classes.

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