Fitness guru and founder of Burbank Athletic Club Greg Bedrossian knows what it means to beat the odds. Born with a hole in his heart, he was advised throughout his life to avoid strenuous exercise. But instead of giving up, Greg dug into deep personal reserves of will and became a personal trainer, eventually opening Burbank Athletic Club.
Today, his CPR- and AED-certified trainers have picked up on his knack for bypassing perceived physical limitations. Through their fitness classes and training programs, the staff strives to help their students embody the same grit and determination in shaping their own bodies. The high-intensity classes—including cardio kickboxing and a boxing-Pilates fusion known as Piloxing—ramp up the difficulty as time goes on. Vinyasa, flow, and other forms of yoga are available as well, led by experienced yogis. These are contrasted by low-impact, high-intensity spinning classes, which work the body but also the mind, as clients must recognize that no matter how hard they pedal, in the end they go nowhere. Classes are often supplemented with individual workouts in a vast gym filled with weight machines, free weights, and cardio machines.
After struggling with stress, depression, and weight gain, Scott Yonehiro was inspired to get healthy when he realized how much his young daughter needed him. He lost more than 73 pounds and gained a wealth of knowledge about how to turn the body into a fat-burning, muscle-building machine. Today, the busy father, husband, and owner of Ballistic Body Fitness uses close to 20 years in the industry to help people reach their own goals. He tailors each plan to meet individual needs, offering a Jumpstart to Fitness program that facilitates rapid results despite an overloaded schedule, and a 90-day body-transformation challenge with a straightforward meal plan and metabolism-boosting exercises.
Starting kids as young as 12 months on the path to strength and confidence, the instructors at Fun & Fit Gymnastics hope to build foundations that will shape their students for the good. The philosophy here centers around finding the best class for each child. In that process, instructors pair kids with others of similar age and ability levels to develop not just athletic skills, but social ones too. The enormous facility also contributes to the curriculum, with a 50-foot spring-suspended tumbling floor, beams, bars, vaults, trampolines and a 5-foot-deep foam-filled pit used for fun and to enhance safety.
Most boutique fitness centers could never double as nightclubs, but The Burn Studio isn't like most fitness centers. A disco ball hangs from the 2,200-square-foot spinning studio’s ceiling, pouring rainbows of light over athletes pedaling stationary bikes. The synchronized lighting and surround-sound system create a festive workout milieu, giving participants a colorful backdrop against which to burn calories and build endurance without biking through a paint-store display. The studio’s team of instructors leads sessions seven days a week that focus on goals from burning fat to toning six-packs, building core strength, and honing better posture.
When David O'Donnell retired from the New York Fire Department, he probably thought his physically demanding days of stepping into blazing buildings, lugging around gear, and swinging pick head axes were over. And to a degree, they were. But while recovering from the injury that caused his retirement, he decided to make physical fitness a priority.
Nowadays, he's traded in the pick head axes for kettlebells at his fitness studio, The Kettlebell Gym. In addition to overseeing his students' kettlebell swings, O'Donnell and his team also oversee the techniques of another fitness training program: TRX suspension training, which teaches exercisers how to lift a two-lane suspension bridge.
At the same location in Burbank for 23 years, we teach a mixed style of martial arts consisting of Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Aikido. We have children's and adults' classes 7 days a week. Our program is excellent for focus, discipline, self-defense, and getting in shape. Goal: to help each student become the best he can be.