Sweatfit LA’s co-owners, Brian Tucker and Sam Lopez, both hold personal-training certifications, which they use to create workouts that blend both exercise theory and fitness training. During personal-training sessions and small-group training classes, they design workouts that incorporate dynamic, stationary, and ballistic movements to maximize caloric expenditure and help clients achieve a sculpted body. The rest of the Sweatfit LA team rounds out a full menu of classes that includes cardio kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, and Pilates.
Founded in 1996, Seaside Shotokan gives students of all levels the opportunity to learn from the expert yoga and fitness instructors. Within a 1,500-square-foot studio with sprung hardwood floors, these trainers oversee a variety of fitness classes with sessions for power yoga, Zumba dance fitness, and stretching classes for martial artists and out-of-shape Koosh balls.
Licensed Zumba instructor and professional dancer Eloisa Holguin trained at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in ballet and modern dance and spent four years as a principal dancer with the Pacifico Dance Company. Following her own motto of “the more you know, the more you’re worth,” Eloisa broadened her dance horizons to include flamenco and other ethnic dance styles, which she uses when designing routines for her Zumba classes. Licensed in Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning, she uses upbeat Latin rhythms to inspire dancers to get their hips shaking for routines that help burn calories and tone the body.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Leslie Maltz is not only a firm believer in taking care of the body; she’s also a passionate believer in taking care of the earth. That's why the seasoned trainer bans treadmills, ellipticals, and other electrically powered equipment from her gym, believing that optimal fitness levels can be achieved through functional, everyday exercises. Drawing from 14 years of personal training, krav maga, and competitive racing experience, Leslie leads a staff of CrossFit instructors, hapkido masters, and fitness specialists who teach a variety of functional training classes throughout the week. Amid kettlebells, ropes, and a climbing wall, the trainers guide clients of all fitness levels in boot-camp exercises, dance-infused workouts, and martial-arts movements. They also offer therapeutic massage treatments and nutritional-counseling services, where experts teach healthful eating habits in lieu of ineffective methods such as fad diets or the practice of insulting your refrigerator until it locks you out.