Described by its owners as one of the oldest Pilates studios in the nation, Bodyline Pilates Studio is the multidisciplinary fitness facility helmed by Maria Leone. An internationally lauded dancer and choreographer with a black belt in tae kwon do, Maria is also an esteemed Pilates pro—her Pilates on the Go DVDs have been featured in Allure, Ellie, and Fitness magazines. Along with her fellow instructors, Maria teaches Pilates, Pilates reformer, barre, and Zumba sessions, including those for people seeking to become instructors.
Pilates Plus bolsters bodies using an intense combination of weight training and Pilates and the pressure-eliminating perks of the SPX ProFormer machine. Tapping into the traditional Pilates focus of proper alignment, concentrated breath, and precision, the Pilates Plus technique boosts endurance and revs up metabolism by aggressively working muscles to fatigue and ignoring their demands for squeeze cheese. Small group sizes and motivating exercise experts help to keep participants excited as they slash and burn excess body mass, and the reformer machine helps to alleviate stress on joints and the spine. Check out the full schedule and grab today's Groupon to mold muscles and cardio parts into finely sculpted bodythings.
If there was one person who could bring a dose of fun to the exercise studios of LA, it was Richard Simmons. The fitness mogul¬¬¬––known as much for his beaming smile and shock of red hair as for his 65 workout videos––began his journey to success with a difficult personal battle. When he graduated from high school, Simmons weighed 268 pounds. After struggling to lose the excess weight by trying nearly every fad diet he could find, he finally achieved results by adopting a lifestyle of exercise, moderate eating, and above all, balance. This personal victory inspired him to move to LA, where he was dismayed to discover that the health club culture catered only to those who were already fit. In 1974, he decided to take matters into his own hands and opened Slimmons, a fitness studio that welcomed people of every age, size, and lifestyle with open arms and unconditional love. After almost four decades, the 64-year-old Simmons has helped overweight students lose more than 3,000,000 pounds, and still leads regular hour-long workouts at his Beverly Hills studio whenever he's in town. The regimen begins with a rhythmic warm up to get the heart pumping and stretches to loosen the muscles. That's when the music starts—current chart toppers and beloved oldies provide a pulsing soundtrack as students dance their hearts out, burning calories along the way. After some modest weight lifting and a few pushups and sit-ups, students leave the studio refreshed, energized, and with the confidence that they, too, can pull-off sequins.
With top-of-the-line air purifying equipment and special floors, Hot 8 Yoga debunks the myth that hot-yoga studios are stuffy and smelly. Its filtration system scours air with UV rays before pumping oxygen into the classroom, keeping the studio fresh and germ-free, and students breathing easily. Beneath yogis' feet, ploy-extruded matting keeps the air smelling sweet by wicking away moisture and odors atop shock-absorbent PVC floors.
These measures enhance pupils’ practice during more than 100 weekly hot-yoga classes. With the heat cranked at varying degrees to boost flexibility, metabolism, and detoxification, sessions range from classic hot yoga to yoga sculpt, which incorporates free weights. Yoga barre, on the other hand, combines ballet, yoga, body sculpting, and cardio for a comprehensive workout that makes you sweatier than wearing a vinyl spacesuit in a sauna.