LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
The staff at Top Shape Fitness, led by principal trainer George Tyler, believes that expert guidance is key to workouts. To that end, the fitness center focuses entirely on personal-training sessions and group fitness classes. The company's freakishly strong roots lie in its signature cardio kickboxing class, known as GT Box. In these sessions, trainers blend kickboxing movements with dumbbell training, plyometrics, and other toning exercises. Elsewhere on the weekly schedule, Latin music plays during Zumba sessions, minds and bodies meld in yoga classes, and TRX suspension classes employ equipment developed by US Navy SEALs.
Though Synergy Pilates & Yoga has the spacious rooms, owner Charmaine Gordon keeps class-sizes small. This gives each participant focused attention from her team of trained instructors. Charmaine is a classically-trained Pilates instructor herself and has spent 20 years helping others stay fit, both at her Pilates and yoga studio, as well as at Synergy Women's Fitness, which she has owned and operated for 22 years with her husband, Rod.
The relaxation experts at Tocar Spa offer a number of variations on one soothing theme?massage. Staff members are trained in classic modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as sports, hot stone, and aromatherapy techniques. Prenatal, orthopedic, and geriatric massages cater to clients with specific needs, while lessons in couples massage teach participants how to bring the healing home.
Led by certified and enthusiastic instructors, Hardbody Outdoor Fitness offers its adherents access to one-hour morning classes from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park in the spring and summer and in Inside Out Performance in the fall and winter. Throughout each boot-camp-style regimen, lethargic muscles are forged into lethal weapons with resistance training, core work, and optional bionic reconstructive surgery. The functional program utilizes stability balls, medicine balls, hula hoops, resistance bands, jump ropes, and other equipment to emphasize balance and stabilize neurotic musculature. Sessions are also designed to work for and with people from all walks of life, from marathon runners to school teachers training to defeat a cruel chalkboard in hand-to-hand combat. Choose the 5- or 10-day pass to sample training sessions, or pick the one-month membership to take part in up to 16 one-hour classes.
A panel of certified instructors is ready and waiting to instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your duo of private lessons, or fly solo and dance with your instructor and a knowing smirk. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a range of potential students, from the disgruntled pedestrian looking to never get served again to the fledgling fitness-seeker looking for a fun new way to get shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few new swing steps for your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, the lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful, dance-based benefits.