Lauded by Pasadena Weekly for having the best fitness program in 2011, Stadium Fitness earns its praise with a full schedule of energetic workouts held inside the hallowed walls of Rose Bowl Stadium. Recently featured in LA Yoga magazine, yoga classes also stay on the small side, helping instructors tailor workouts to individual goals and pay more attention to each student's inner growth. During each one-hour session, coed groups of all skill levels shed calories as a knowledgeable, certified fitness coach encourages quadriceps to put forth their best effort. Workouts are customized to each attendee's abilities—whether they want to jog up stadium stairs, sprint full-speed across the field's sun-splashed grass, or develop innovative cheerleading routines on the sidelines. Inside, a 5,000-square-foot locker room volunteers its spacious layout, allowing groups to participate in a variety of circuit-training routines or read plaques engraved with quotes from legendary tackling dummies.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: CrossFit classes and personal training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Free parking on the street or in our parking lot.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Bonus feature: Air conditioning
Brands Used: Rogue Fitness
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Expect to have fun.
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Our head coach has 13 years of experience and was an NCAA Division 1 strength and conditioning coach, and our assistant head coach has 11 years of personal-training experience. So the level of detail and professionalism is more than most people receive at other CrossFit gyms.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We started our business out of a two-car garage and have grown into a 3,750-square-foot facility.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes. The best part was the coaching that we received and the attention to detail that allowed us to get better from where we were before.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We want you to have FUN.
When you walk into Mirror Image Fitness, you might wonder if you've accidentally wandered into a swanky living room. A far cry from the typical big-box gym atmosphere, the intimate fitness club welcomes guests with soft lamplight and a stone fireplace. The walls are decorated with framed artwork and black-and-white damask wallpaper, which, along with rich wood furniture, lends the space a cozy, home-like vibe. Walking in, you might find a DJ spinning tunes or a throng of members relaxing on the white leather sofas in the lounge area before a class or a personal-training session. Potted trees and plants flank the sun-drenched cardio machines, making the workout feel like a peaceful jog along a nature trail or through David Attenborough’s limousine.
The club is the brainchild of Derek Norman, who learned about discipline and motivation while going through training camp with the San Diego Chargers. Norman's fitness philosophy promotes the unique needs and goals of each member as well as the skills of his trainers, whose specialties range from yoga to boxing.
Victoria Ainis says that, once upon a time, she thought of her dream body as unattainable. She tried various fitness regimens and diets, but she fought with her basic need to eat and her desire to spend time with friends rather than at the gym. She began to think that perhaps the challenge was not to to starve oneself or spend hours working out, but rather to eat the right things and do the right exercises. After some research, she began to see results, and her desire to share those results with others led her to found Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough.
Today, she combines nutritional programs with fun, fast work outs. She changes up the physical challenges regularly, making use of the great outdoors and her obstacle course over more boring things such as treadmills, weightlifting, or re-shelving heavy library books.