Like a lot of moms, Janna Tang was tired. Seven years after giving birth, she was still staring longingly at the skinny clothes in her closet and chalking her extra 20 pounds up to baby weight. Gym memberships and diets had failed to motivate her over the years, but then a friend told her about Zumba. Although Janna had no technical dance training, she quickly fell in love with the upbeat workouts that set simple choreography to latin rhythms to help tone muscle and burn calories. Today, a fitter, happier Janna has turned that love into being an instructor.
Physician and medical director Abishai Tichaona Rumano, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of medical-based beautification treatments, helms a team of physician's assistants and nurses with the help of clinical director Elham Zarnegar. This squadron of registered professionals wields lasers, neuromodulators such as Botox, and dermal filters such as Juvéderm to battle bodily imperfections, including wrinkles, acne, unwanted hairs, and varicose veins in the shape of Howard Taft.
In 1991, professional Swiss soccer player Ruedi Graf began World Cup Soccer Camps & Clinics as a humble operation with two small camps. Today, his team of 90 coaches interacts with about 5,000 children a year along the West Coast from Portland to San Diego. Despite their expansion, the clinics strive to maintain a 10-to-1 player-to-coach ratio in order to provide kids with individually tailored instruction. Sessions are divided by age group and skill set—U6 Fussball Academy camps introduce 5–6 year-olds to the fundamentals, the Classic Skills camp polishes basic skills and soccer concepts for 7–9 year-olds, and the Advanced Player's camp focuses on a more accelerated level of play for 10–13 year-olds.
Most gyms house rows of treadmills and ellipticals. But not CrossFit ATI. Rather than put students on the usual exercise equipment, the instructors aim to produce strong bodies through intense, functional exercises, such as hoisting barbells and balancing on iron rings. All the while, energetic tunes surge from the gym's expansive sound system, turning every class into a workout montage from Rocky or Doctor Zhivago.
Crunch caters to exercisers of all interests and fitness levels, cramming each state-of-the-art fitness facility with name-brand equipment and a welcoming, nonjudgmental attitude. Members have the opportunity to pay for access to each club's diverse syllabi of classes, organized into categories such as action sports, chill outs, and dance rhythms. DIESEL classes incorporate interval training with cardio interval bursts for a total-body workout. Fat Burning Pilates combines cardio- and Pilates-based toning to help cut out cellulite. Aerobics with an Attitude sends students in a free-spirited dance workout without any rules or judgment. Crunch also offers personal-training sessions that begin with a physical assessment and include a comprehensive body-composition analysis. One-on-one drills foster the seeds of self-improvement, as this level of personal attention allows the experts to forge an engaging workout as well as a custom nutrition plan for each exerciser.
Even if clients can't make it to the gym, Crunch Live turns any living room or office into a workout space with an online video library of over 35 workouts. Students sweat and move along at home to easy-to-follow exercise routines led by energetic trainers as they tone targeted muscle groups and burn fat with courses in yoga, core strength, workouts for athletes, or Pilates.
There's something different about the Pilates classes at IM=X Pilates Studio. If you waltz into a class mid-session, you might see people stretching on Pilates reformers, but you may also find others jumping on and off boxes, pumping pedals on stationary bikes, or using resistance rings. That's because owner Steve Smith recognized the importance of cross-training while prepping for triathlons and decided to combine Pilates with cardio and resistance training. This leads to greater functional strength, flexibility, and injury prevention.
Smith and his team of certified instructors lead a series of more than 15 Pilates cross-training classes by employing the reformer apparatus and circuit-training techniques. Specialized classes even suit specific athletic needs, such as the IM=X golf and tennis classes. Classes are 30 to 75 minutes each and can focus expressly on abs, full-body toning, or improving back strength to eliminate chronic back pain and overly clingy rucksacks. To keep classes accessible and effective, instructors scale them to individual fitness levels and offer beginner through advanced sessions.