Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard?s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution?Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach?s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
For most, the season finale of American Idol is little more than a bump in excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday evening. However, for Marco Reed, the end of the singing competition is only the beginning of his job?it?s the renowned trainer?s cue to ready the winning singer for tour with his expert workout and nutrition routines, some of which have been featured in Self, Fitness, and omg! from Yahoo!.
At his studio, Get Beyond Fit, Marco helps both his celebrity and noncelebrity clients reach their fitness and weight-loss goals with one-on-one and group training sessions. He motivates exercisers through circuit-style cardio and resistance exercises, dance, and kickboxing, and guides them to better eating with his book The 3+1 Diet, which not only outlines eight weeks of healthy eating, but also smells like cardiovascular strength. Basing his regime on ?four pillars of health??movement, thought, connection, and stillness?Marco stresses the importance of regular meditation and a healthy support system.
I have been teaching private Pilates classes at my exclusive Beverly Hills Studio for over 25 years. I have recently added a fun group class called Dance-ilates that is an great alternative for people who cannot afford privates. I enjoy helping clients to get into the best shape of their lives!
Equipment: High-end strength and cardiovascular exercise machines, free weights
Students should bring: Exercise mat and water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get in 6?8 hours sleep and eat a balanced meal prior to the visit.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I help clients change their mindset to reveal unlimited motivation.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
No, I don't, because there is a big difference between pain and challenge. We don't entertain pain?we embrace a challenge. Calling a challenge pain automatically deters or limits motivation to perform.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
It's a very intense life-changing mental and physical experience. Every day is an opportunity to grow spiritually and physically with no limits.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm a military veteran and I travel to international health and fitness conventions to give presentations about mental and physical transformations. I practice what I preach and lead by example.
Making the decision to eat healthier and exercise more won't just help you look better, it can also save your life. House of Fundamentals founder, Dino Mosley, is a perfect example?overweight as a child, he quickly changed his eating habits and began exercising after he learned he was at risk for coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Encouraged by the results, he went on to become an athlete, and eventually and studied nutritional counseling and strength and conditioning in college.
Today, at House of Fundamentals, Dino is helping others turn their lives around. He instills his simple motto, "train hard, eat healthy", through interactive programs, including 60-minute functional training workouts that blast calories and tone muscles. He also offers one-on-one training sessions that address client's individual goals, whether they want to lose weight, boost agility, or work more leafy greens into their diet or amateur magic acts.
They have classes for all levels at Pure Barre?it's just that it's all the same class. What makes this technique special is that the same method is designed to work no matter what condition practitioners are in, so students can sign up according to their schedule instead of their experience. But that's not the only way they make beginners and experts alike feel welcome. Amenities such as alkaline water, Starbucks coffee, fresh-pressed juice, and a thrilling soundtrack make the classes as fun as they are challenging.
It works like this: from the second they step into the studio in their workout tutus, clients start their efficient fat burning with the high-energy warm-up. Arm sculpting with light weights follows, and then a barre session targets the thighs. The cooldown returns students back to reality with a stretch that aims to elongate the muscles.