There's a lot that goes into and comes out of martial arts. At Dae Han Martial Arts Academy, they dedicate themselves to giving students the complete package. Besides the techniques of Korean martial arts, they instill students with respect, humility, discipline, and perseverance. Fitness and self-defense skills, of course, are accrued, as well. Their instructors enact this holistic system in an immaculate facility laid with padded flooring and lined with mirrors. In that welcoming environment, they lead classes open to everyone, dividing sessions into age groups for students aged 4 and older.
Above all, the certified instructors at Type A Yoga strive to give people an unpretentious place to practice yoga. To that effect, their beginner-friendly vinyasa and hatha yoga classes include Lunchtime Yoga, ChillOut Challenge Yoga, and Very Detailed Yoga, which is a spin-off of their Yoga for Total Newbies class. More challenging classes are available, too, such as the Upama yoga course for aspiring teachers. Keeping with the simplicity theme, all the poses and meditations take place in two studios: one small, the other large, and the other invisible.
Though both martial arts and visual art are creative in their own right, there are few places where the two converge. At FightKore, staff and instructors blend the training and tenets of MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and karate with a house clothing line inspired by Venice Beach street art. On the open gym floor, experienced coaches lead students in creative conditioning exercises, augmenting traditional workouts with twists such as the addition of medicine balls or dumbbells. They also introduce basic and advanced martial-arts skills on padded jujitsu mats and a dedicated boxing ring.
Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.
Lesha Kastl, operator and co-owner of Hercules CrossFit, is also a certified trainer who lifts at an Olympic level. But she favors movement-based workouts including Muay Thai boxing, Pilates, and runway-overthrowing Ms. Fitness competitions. Bryan Kastl, co-owner of Hercules CrossFit, muscled his way to certifications in Olympic lifting in 2009. But he has studied fitness and physiology since the early ‘90s, when he became a certified personal trainer through Hayward State University. Both Lesha and Bryan have studied massage therapy to supplement their expertise of internal musculature. Bryan even sought the guidance of a chiropractor to learn injury-specific techniques such as active-release technique.
The Kastls area also both Level 1 CrossFit trainers with certifications in CrossFit mobility and gymnastics, which they rely on during CrossFit classes comprised of nonspecialized, functional exercises. Weightlifting and gymnastic-ring work, for example, are selected because they can be easily adjusted according to fitness level and directly improve mundane tasks such as hauling groceries or catching trapeze swings to work. As a result, the workouts are remarkably inclusive, and the Kastls have guided energetic kids and those struggling with physical ailments toward strength and cardiovascular health. Lesha's background in sports nutrition enables her to design dietary programs that boost performance and bolster the effects of exercise.:m]]