At Anaheim CrossFit West, owner Stephanie Amato and her team of experienced coaches lead small groups through the ever-changing and intense workout of the day in their recently expanded studio. The workouts?which are designed for all fitness levels, including Little Mario, Bigger Mario, and Fire Mario?require exercisers to complete a daily sequence of functional exercises such as squatting, deadlifting, rowing, and jumping with purpose. To help replenish exercisers' bodies following the grueling sessions, Stephanie, whose nickname is Primal Mama and whose background includes nutrition counseling, posts protein-packed recipes on her blog.
Though the Megaformer may sound like a character out of Transformers, it's actually a piece of Pilates equipment. The apparatus blends classic Pilates movements with cardio and weight training for a full-body workout. It's also what sets Pilates Plus Cycle apart from its competitors. Rather than run in place on a treadmill or perform repetitive dead lifts, members immerse themselves in a fitness practice that quickly tones limbs, strengthens mid-sections, and boosts endurance without putting pressure on their joints. Though they're the centerpiece, the Megaformer classes aren't the only workouts at the fitness haven. Spinning whisks members onto stationary bikes where they change the resistance settings and speed to burn calories and firm up legs.
At CrossFit Structured, it doesn’t matter where you finish as long as you finish with integrity. Trainers adopt this philosophy during each class, which covers a new workout of the day, or WOD, every day. WODs involve constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensities to help burn calories and fat and boost the body’s metabolism. Though exercises often vary, it’s not uncommon to see CrossFit Structured’s warriors performing weight lifts, running, or testing their body’s limits with exercises such as squats, pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.
Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.
Melanie Meunier loves to dance. She first fell in love with Zumba, the dance-fitness class, more than seven years ago and was quick to become certified as an instructor so she could share her passion with others. Today, she and her team of expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through a variety of effective and entertaining fitness classes. Meunier and her team supplement the Zumba and Zumba Toning classes with RIPPED classes, which provide intense interval-training workouts, and Koga classes, which combine kickboxing and yoga.