Within Bikram Yoga of Los Angeles' Covina studio, Dr. Vern Rollins helms a team of certified and passionate instructors who have taught thousands of classes and accrued hundreds of teacher-training hours. As the studio's temperature summits to 105 degrees with 40% humidity, these instructors model and explain poses, encourage deep breathing, and tiptoe around puddles. Thanks to their intimate knowledge of modifications, they capably assist students of all levels. Further, they maintain a flexible schedule of morning and evening classes that are 90 minutes apiece.
Bikram’s 26 poses and two breathing exercises work to engage the entire body with the strength and grace of a full-contact symphony-orchestra performance. Systematically isolating muscle groups one at a time, the poses begin on a mat and work up to a standing position, gradually building stamina and flexibility and jump-starting circulation. As waves of heat loosen limbs enough to make sea-anemone shadow puppets, the body begins to sweat and release toxins. The studio rents yoga mats and has onsite showers.
Twins Tavis and Taylor Smith started training in tae kwon do at the age of 7. Together, they traveled to Korea to compete at the international level before returning to the states and opening a gym together. Today, they lead children and adults through tae kwon do classes, using the hanging punching bags and holding pads for students to punch and kick. In addition to the martial art, they offer boot-camp classes with circuit-training workouts that fluctuate between cardio and strength training to build lean muscles and endurance. They also lead krav maga self-defense classes that focus on evading attackers and building environmental awareness.
Inland Empire Boot Camp’s squad of experienced instructors eschews the ear-scarring screams of traditional boot camps in favor of rigorous motivation, individually tailoring every exercise to achieve sustainable results for students. Like the temperaments of salsa dancers, the boot camp’s intensity levels split into mild, medium, and hot categories to ensure every participant gets a vigorous but doable workout. The outdoor program mixes up activities for constantly shifting sessions, which divide time between exercises such as toning core muscles with planks and lunges and raising heart rates with jogging and calisthenics. Campers rotate through interval-based resistance and cardio training, aiming to stoke metabolic fires into searing calories. Inland Empire Boot Camp's schedule of both coed and women-only classes lets participants control their comfort levels, and the flexible schedule accommodates those who need extra time to get their werewolf or nongroggy daytime-werewolf symptoms under control. Inland Empire Boot Camp also offers grocery shopping classes, which escort students through the aisles, teaching them what to look for on food labels and how to decide between frozen or fresh, butter or margarine, and ketchup or catsup.
At Kurwa Eye Center, Doctors Bud Kurwa, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Dickson Chen, a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, help strengthen vision in patients both young and old with a trio of services. LASIK procedures help dispense with glasses by using a laser to reshape corneas, and cataract surgery removes clouds and ghostly apparitions from behind the eye’s natural lens. Channeling 20 years of experience, Dr. Kurwa also de-blurs fine print for those older than 40 with conductive keratoplasty, a process that uses radio frequency to steepen the central cornea.
The certified personal trainers and former military machos of Extreme Boot Camp are half drill sergeant, half high-school football coach, half mathematician, and all expert. They want you to go tactical on flab but not without realistic encouragement and support. First, these legionaries of lean will uncritically assess your level of fitness. They'll take down your measurements, weight, and body-fat percentage so you'll be able to tangibly record your progress. Then, after receiving some sound nutritional guidance to aid your ascendance to health, you'll be drafted into a squad of equally athletic peers who you'll bond with through muscle burn and un-ironic high-fives.
A New England native, Rick of Yoga With Rick moved to LA to pursue music and acting; he earned his 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification along the way. Though he still loves the arts, Rick’s equally passionate about yoga’s physical and mental benefits. During his Hatha-yoga classes, he blends techniques from styles such as flow, power, and Iyengar yoga to help students strengthen, balance, and tone their bodies while calming their minds.
Dr. Jack Moursalian and his capable staff employ the Zoom! teeth-whitening system to quickly and safely brighten teeth. During the 45-minute procedure, dingy incisors are coated in a hydrogen-peroxide gel. Its microscopic scrubbers are then activated by a special Zoom! light to lift away stains from coffee, wine, and covert fountain-pen snacking. Post-treatment, patrons’ grins beam up to eight shades brighter, making them twice as effective at focusing treasure-revealing sunbeams on ancient maps.