With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program at both the Thousand Oaks and Calabasas facilities. The program features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling, for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy Thousand Oaks and Calabasas programs for toddlers—who can participate with a parent—through grade schoolers, with programs in gymnastics catered to differing ages, muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check a complete class schedule for Thousand Oaks and Calabasas to confirm times.
The Maori people—indigenous to New Zealand—coined the phrase "kia kaha," which translates as forever strong. To them, it's not so much a boast as a life philosophy about overcoming adversity, a philosophy shared by the staff of trainers at New Zealand Fitness. They use exercise methods from around the world—be it India's yoga, Latin America's Zumba, or the world-dance-fusion art of Danzmundo—to strengthen bodies. In addition, they provide supportive coaching to strengthen the spirit.
The Dailey Method builds strength and flexibility through movements that engage entire physiques and focus on proper alignment, earning praise by publications such as InStyle magazine. Helmed by owners who trained under the eponymous founder of the method, Jill Dailey, certified instructors at the Calabasas studio lead 60-minute classes where students tighten up for bikini season or tone muscles to prep for the flexing portion of a job interview. A melding of yoga poses, core conditioning, and orthopedic exercises, the method tones muscles as instructors offer modifications to accommodate all skill levels. Moves on a ballet barre enhance balance and coordination, and floor work summons sweat with torso-tightening repetitions. Parents can drop their whippersnappers off in childcare, stash their jackets and inflatable muscle suits in lockers, and shower before heading home.
As a massage therapist working in a physical therapy office, Maricar Pratt noticed how safely and effectively Pilates helped postsurgical patients rehabilitate their bodies. She enrolled in New York's Physicalmind Institute to earn her certification then came to West Hollywood to study Pilates Cadillac use more in-depth. After working as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer at various locales, she decided to open Better Body Fitness. She gathered a professional staff able to customize a variety of fitness routines to help people with various needs and goals—whether they're recovering from an injury, supplementing dance training, or striving to whip into shape. Instructors train students of all fitness level, and celebrities have been known to stop by, including Denise Richards, Rick Fox, and Howie Mandel, according to USA Today's CelebWatch.
The instructors offer a diverse range of classes so that their members can mix up their workouts whenever they'd like. During mat-based classes, instructors help students gain strength, flexibility, and balance as they learn how to align their bodies without the use of the studio's equipment or a magical genie. Barre classes shape and tone muscles with ballet's elongating and conditioning movements, and high-energy Dance with Me classes fuse styles including hip-hop, Bollywood, and hula to motivate fancy footwork into action. The studio also offers TRX suspension-training classes, which leverage the students' body weight in exercises that help sculpt lean muscle, and yoga classes harness Vinyasa flows to build strength and self-awareness.
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.
A jovial Buddha statue wearing sunglasses greets students arriving at Malibu Sun Yoga, where blue and orange walls mimic the tones of a blazing sun and a calm cerulean ocean. This duality is representative of the studio's hot yoga classes, which combine warming heat with a restorative yoga practice. Inside a mirrored studio heated to a steamy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, instructors lead custom sequences of vinyasa poses that help foster balance, flexibility, and strength, and are adjustable for students of all skill levels. The elevated temperature keeps sinews limber and joints soft to facilitate safer stretches, and it also aids in detoxification by increasing blood flow to vital organs and encouraging a healthy sweat, provided students drink plenty of water. Hot yoga can also help reduce one's appetite for unhealthy foods, such as alcohol, tobacco, or marshmallows still on fire.