You could run 150,000 miles on one of Group Interval Training's Woodway treadmills and never need to change its belt. But despite their equipment's shock-absorbing capabilities, the fitness instructors focus on short running sessions, which they call Sprint Intervals, in their signature Tread/TRX group fitness classes. They combine these treadmill workouts with an ever-changing lineup of strength and endurance exercises, which incorporate equipment such as resistance bands and medicine balls, or as giants call them, aspirin. The classes span 60 minutes, but according to Group Interval Training, the routines help students continue to burn calories long after they step out of the fitness studio.
Other fitness classes expand on the Tread/TRX program. Total Body Conditioning, for example, adds speed ropes, stability balls, and body‐weight-training exercises to the regimen . Though the details may vary from class to class, one thing remains constant: the support of fellow exercisers and trainers, who happily supply complimentary towels and water.
A family-owned-and-operated hub for health, Topanga Training & Fitness and The Spa Loft cast a caring canopy shade over all things feel-good. The club offers challenging group classes in mat pilates ($18 per class) and indoor and outdoor boot camp ($275 for 15 sessions), as well as nutritional counseling ($200) and personal training ($64–$76 per 60-min. session) geared toward each individual and their stage in life. Fitness Over 50 sessions help clients counteract the physical impacts of aging by using training techniques that improve endurance, balance, time traveling, and flexibility. Pregnancy and Beyond sessions (personal training and pilates) follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' guidelines to supply future moms with specialized-fitness advice and supervision, ensuring both the bun and the oven stay at safe temperatures.
Servando Dominguez and his team of certified trainers hold indoor and outdoor workout routines seven days a week. During each four-part session, trainers spend less than an hour guiding students through cardio exercises while thoroughly explaining each movement to prevent injuries. In addition, Servando's team provides three different nutrition plans and online access to Fitness Magazine. They also encourage students to persevere by way of emails, text messages, and smoke signals. Pep talks escalate to tangible incentives with Servando's body-fat contest, which rewards faithful participants with prizes such as cash, photo shoots, and massages. Servando's confidence in his program is reflected in his satisfaction guarantee—should participants follow the program for 30 days and not see results, they will receive a full refund.
There's no assembly line of available personal trainers at Topanga Training & Fitness. Instead, trainers are matched with clients based on their areas of expertise, as well as the clients' medical needs and goals. It's a system that speaks to the family-owned gym's passion for personalized fitness—the same dedication that comes through during private Pilates sessions and boot-camp drills. Specialty programs also accommodate guests who are older than 50 and women who are pregnant. Regardless of their current pupils, however, the certified trainers all incorporate nutritional advice and progressive exercise adjustments into their routines, helping guests to achieve wellness milestones in a nonjudgmental setting.
At Coolhotyoga, the instructors teach yoga classes in both hot and cool rooms, of course, but they do much more to help their clients build muscle and burn fat. They also defy science in their anti-gravity yoga series, in which guests strike yoga poses in midair in ceiling-suspended hammocks that support the body while coaxing deeper stretches. On the cardio end of things, they offer both Piloxing—a blend of Pilates and boxing—and barre boot-camp classes—which combine ballet's core-strengthening exercises with light weightlifting, such as picking up the nearest ballerina.
Time 4 Class’s owner, Sandra Rieback, began dancing at age 7, but her career was cut short due to a debilitating back injury. Unable to keep away from the studio, she took matters into her own hands and got certified to teach fitness classes and work as a personal trainer. Shortly thereafter, Sandra opened her own studio, and she was once again immersed in the electrifying energy of group classes. Now, along with a team of instructors, Sandra leads classes for adults that range from cardio Zumba classes and yoga to boxing, boot camps, personal training, and nutrition counseling. Unlike those fitness classes that meet inside R-rated movies, kids can also join the fun with classes such as ballet, kids Zumba, and musical theater.