As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Lakers girl. Clippers girl. Certified Pilates instructor. These are just a few titles on Jodi Adamo's resum?, in addition to being the owner of The Pilates Body of Orange County. Along with a staff of certified instructors, she leads Pilates and fitness classes for students of all fitness levels. They help patrons slim down and build muscle in a variety of Pilates classes, including mat, barre, and Reformer sessions. To boost heart rates, they also lead fitness classes, and Jodi draws from her extensive dance training to get bodies moving in Zumba and hip-hop hustle classes.
To further guide patrons in their journeys to healthier lifestyles, personal wellness coach Carol May compassionately stands at the ready. She has shaved off more than 75 pounds since 2010, and helps others shed their own excess weight with a constant source of support and nutrition tips, such as differentiating bananas from sticks of butter.
On the green indoor turf, one group of students performs lunges while holding weights high overhead. Just across the gym, another group strains to complete pull-ups. Everywhere you look at CrossFit VSP, you'll see students and instructors engaged in the many exercises of CrossFit.
There's a method to its madness, however. While priding themselves and community, safety, and cleanliness, the gym offers a system of constantly varied, functional movements, all of which are designed to bolster strength and stamina. Every day's workout is scalable to different fitness levels, so no student is left behind in the rush to complete each exercise. Even better—the constant variety means that no student is ever bored. Though CrossFit is widely used by athletes, it's also great for normal people who need strength for daily tasks such as pushing a full grocery cart through the neighbor's window.
If variety is the spice of life, then there's something mighty flavorful happening over at CrossFit Newport Mesa. Each day, the fitness studio runs a new Workout of the Day (WOD), staving off workout boredom and preventing muscles from becoming accustomed to a routine and plateauing. For instance, one day, members might do pull-ups and lift weights, and the next, they might hang from gymnastics rings. Weights can be increased or decreased from day to day according to desire or skill, and scalability is emphasized. A ratio of just five members to one coach ensures everyone is executing proper form, and up to 10 classes a day allows everybody to have a chance. Customized member profiles allow members to track progress and interact with other members, and the facility prioritizes safety above all other things.
CrossFit Onslaught is led by coach Jason Davis, who uses CrossFit?s principles of functional movement to help his clients push past mental barriers and achieve higher levels of physical performance. Rather than pack his facility with treadmills and circuit-training equipment, his green- and white-walled exercise space opens to the outside and is unencumbered by anything other than practitioners using free weights to complete the Workout of the Day. The staff of certified trainers also doles out nutritional advice and holds classes throughout the day, seven days a week.
If Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a game of chess played with the human body, then professor Mike Tomacelli plays the role of a bearded, muscle-bound Kasparov. His eponymous martial arts school aims to create dynamic martial artists and fitter, happier members through simple instruction and a close-knit, supportive environment. Mike and his staff of seasoned instructors teach a progressive approach to BJJ, submission grappling, and MMA striking techniques that is geared to first-timers as well as ex-wrestlers and athletes. Students can roll, wrap up, and grapple on the gym’s expansive, cushioned mats, or step in front of large mirrors to practice their muay thai knee strikes and ventriloquism routines.