Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Located in downtown Culver City, Goda Yoga empowers patrons of all ability levels and ages to increase their physical and mental strength while nurturing their inner serenity. The passionate instructors introduce newcomers to the foundational poses in beginning classes, preparing them for more rigorous undertakings such as Vinyasa-flow and mixed-level classes that challenge bodies with longer holds and more complex postures. Students interested in honing their passion into a career can embark on Goda Yoga?s 200-hour teacher-training program, which equips them with a deeper understanding of their practice and an all-access VIP pass to enlightenment. From prenatal yoga to kids' yoga to senior yoga, the instructors lead classes to suit myriad needs based on the hatha principles while fostering a strong sense of community that has been steadily growing for 13 years.
Holden Zalma knows the toll that exertion can take on muscles. Before he received his massage license, he helped to train USC's football, basketball, and swimming teams while he studied to be a physical therapist. After graduation, Holden founded MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, where he shares his burgeoning 20 years of massage-therapy experience with others. His philosophy is simple: alleviate pain and treat injuries by scouting out symptoms, hunting down their root causes, and treating the body as a whole by ignoring its unsightly seams. He and his staff of trained practitioners accomplish this task by blending techniques?such as massage, stretching, exercise, and acupuncture?to relieve pain, improve performance, and reduce the risk of future injuries.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Sweat Pilates prides itself on not being a typical gym. Case in point: one of its classes involves doing cardio workouts while bouncing on a trampoline. That's just one of several classes customers can engage in to shake-up their typical workout. 75-minute CoreStretch classes combine deep stretching with Thai yoga and Pilates, allowing students to concentrate on breath work and body awareness, while the signature Sweat Pilates sessions utilize Proformer machines, which allow students to better target muscles, improve flexibility, and climb on someone else's furniture without reproof. But no matter which class students choose, Sweat Pilates is dedicated to making sure they have fun in a positive environment.
Modo Optometry founders and eye experts Drs. Shahrokh Dayyani and Terry T. Khraishi diagnose ocular impairments with comprehensive exams and restore eagle-eyed vision with glasses, contact lenses, or the cornea-polishing beams of LASIK surgery. After inspecting peepers for signs of infection or disease, the doctors dole out fresh prescriptions to fill stylish frames from Cartier, Prada, Tom Ford, and other designer brands. A cache of more than 1,000 contact lenses spans soft, rigid, and specialty styles that decorate eyes in a variety of colors and damask patterns. The all-purpose eye center also treats glaucoma and assesses intraocular health with retinal imaging.