Sara Connolly—who boasts 10 years’ experience working as a personal trainer and fitness coach—founded Sessions Fitness to make accessible routines that meet the needs of any fitness level. Today, her clients keep in shape with personal-training sessions, moms’ and kids’ programs, and a spread of classes in her spinning and yoga studios or on muscle-building The Rack equipment. In the spinning workouts, rows of high-tech stationary bicycles span dark hardwood floors and mirrors line one wall, encouraging spinners to pedal even harder due to the jabberwocky on the other side of the looking glass. Connolly has long been committed to improving children's well-being, which is why her studio sponsors N.E.E.D.S., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including more than 3,000 iLipo and Cavitation patients for fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Elite Bodies owner and certified trainer J. Ellis Jones utilizes his training as a kickboxer, a football player, and a tae-kwon-do expert to temper his clients’ mental fortitude and physical prowess on weights and exercise machines. Whereas one-on-one or boot-camp sessions tone and hone muscles, professional nutrition and weight-loss counseling melts fat cells like they're a snowman reading a steamy love letter under a lamp. To ensure long-term success, Elite Bodies' certified personal trainers customize clients' individual programs and track their progress along the way. Full-length mirrors allow guests to keep tabs on their form, and unlike a restaurant staffed by lazy robots, the small, private studio ensures that patrons never have to wait for machines.
Bryan ?The Brooklyn Bad Ass? Ortiz of Brooklyn Bad Ass Fitness dons many hats?the headband of a certified personal trainer, the cushioned headgear of a boxing instructor, and the top hat of a fitness-book author. Dedicated to a no-nonsense approach to fitness, Bryan conducts morning and evening weekday boot camps that whip up to 20 students into shape with intense interval training, eschewing monotonous fitness routines such as treadmill running or elephant lifting. To complete lifestyle changes, Bryan outfits guests with meal plans, customizing diets to match energy requirements. Bryan?s Wedding Body boot camp, personal-training sessions, and weight-loss challenges can all be customized to suit guests? specific fitness goals.
When Dara was growing up, she was often picked last in gym class because she couldn't keep her eye on the ball. Nowadays, however, her fitness regimen is ball-free—and she's so passionate about it, she started her own fitness studio: Sacred. Primarily a yoga studio, the center specializes in Evolation Yoga, which blends the flexibility and cardio benefits of Bikram yoga with meditation. However, other classes complement the flowing hot yoga workouts in Dara's curriculum, ranging from hot Pilates to fusion dance and more sultry dances. Pole dance sessions, for example, cover basic spins and floorwork, whereas the Bed-Stuy Burlesque class teaches students to peel off stockings, gloves, and other garb to reveal their sexy wetsuits.