Within Bikram Yoga of Los Angeles' Covina studio, Dr. Vern Rollins helms a team of certified and passionate instructors who have taught thousands of classes and accrued hundreds of teacher-training hours. As the studio's temperature summits to 105 degrees with 40% humidity, these instructors model and explain poses, encourage deep breathing, and tiptoe around puddles. Thanks to their intimate knowledge of modifications, they capably assist students of all levels. Further, they maintain a flexible schedule of morning and evening classes that are 90 minutes apiece.
Bikram’s 26 poses and two breathing exercises work to engage the entire body with the strength and grace of a full-contact symphony-orchestra performance. Systematically isolating muscle groups one at a time, the poses begin on a mat and work up to a standing position, gradually building stamina and flexibility and jump-starting circulation. As waves of heat loosen limbs enough to make sea-anemone shadow puppets, the body begins to sweat and release toxins. The studio rents yoga mats and has onsite showers.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Kate teaches highly-individualized, breath-centered Yoga with an emphasis on helping her clients access their innate healing capabilities. Her practice is truly holistic in that it encompasses all the tools Yoga offers and helping clients create a strong + supple body, long + smooth breath and a calm + focused mind.
At Movement Unlimited Fitness Center, clients craft fitter, healthier bodies with each day’s workout. The gym, which has been in operation since 1979, offers state-of-the-art equipment and preaches more of a one-on-one fitness experience than traditional big box gyms. Personal trainers can fine-tune your cardio and strength-training routines, and help you add weight to your bench press and distance to your hamster throw. Group fitness classes provide the chance to build a stronger body through yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and aerobics classes.
It's hard to tell who has received more praise–Foothill Gym, or its owner, Brian Whelan. Brian, an accomplished executive and avid body builder, has received titles ranging from Mr. Muscle Beach to Most Inspirational Bodybuilder. The gym itself has been named among the area’s best fitness centers for the past six years and proudly displays a mission flag awarded by the 40th Infantry Division of the US Army.
Though both the owner and location continue to earn a bevy of awards, the true focus of Foothill Gym’s instructors is to help guests find their ideal physique. They offer one-on-one guidance during personal-training sessions and oversee more social workouts during weekly Group X fitness classes. Independent exercisers can take to an extensive free-weight and resistance-machine space for sessions that burn calories and develop muscle more efficiently than building a bonfire out of ripped phone books. Onsite tanning facilities, open to members and the public, gild patrons’ newly honed forms.
The Yoga Cove reaches out to yogis with energy renewing, spiritually refreshing classes. Inside the peaceful, sunlit studio, a gleaming turquoise floor beckons those who would be at one with their minds and bodies as a pair of expert teachers offer tips and strategies about deepening the practice and approaching poses that previously lurked under the bed. Try the restorative class, which employs props and extended pose holds, or pop into a beginners session to see what your body's been missing. An all-levels class challenges players at every stage in the yoga game, and the intermediate/advanced session twists practiced students into new limb-flexing positions, such as the Lotus or the Melancholy Corkscrew.