Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.
As a working actress, Judie Aronson was always working out. She moved from one workout modality to the next, but it wasn’t until the fitness devotee came across a fusion of Pilates, cardio, and strength training that she knew she’d found an exercise formula that wasn’t only effective, but engrossing. Wishing to share her discovery with the community without investing in a 20-ton megaphone, Aronson opened her RockIt Body Pilates studio, which garnered a plethora of enthusiastic press, including the accolade of Best Workout Trend and Best Personal Training 2011 from Southbay magazine. She and her team of trainers introduce clients to dynamic, challenging, and fun workout sessions that target a variety of muscles using specialized Pilates equipment.
Aronson became so successful in her flagship Manhattan Beach location that she decided to expand to a second location in Redondo Beach. Her studios have become successful enough to garner commercial attention from a television camera. Aronson's many clients have included Bill Engvall, who used the studio when preparing for Dancing With the Stars, and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, who is now a trainer at RockIt Body Pilates.
Believe Fitness Studio inspires exercisers to shake off calories inside its freshly renovated, 8,000-square-foot facility stocked with brand-new equipment. The studio's selection of classes ranges from standard sessions of Pilates and TRX to less orthodox offerings, such as antigravity yoga, which challenges students to complete poses while suspended in midair without the aid of a fairy godmother. In the pole room, five platinum stage poles stretch toward the ceiling and facilitate sultry spins. Aerial arts classes are also available, using apparatuses such as silks, hoops, and stationary trapezes. Separate locker rooms for men and women allow for comfortable cooldown with private showers and changing rooms.
Ocean Fitness is a one-on-one personal training studio in Manhattan Beach. Our intimate studio is located only 2 blocks from the beach. We offer personal training in a private environment where clients don't have to deal with large crowds, the case in most gyms around the South Bay. We also offer small group classes.
Tracy Coe established Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics in 2003, drawing on her career experience in medical conditioning and physical therapy to forge a Pilates studio that aims for overall wellness. Aboard specialized machines, including TRX equipment, the Reformer, Combo Chair, and Cadillac, the staff of certified teachers leads exercises suitable for all ages. Breathing work syncs up with movement techniques to increase strength and harness balance and flexibility. All of the customizable, full-body workouts can adapt to different body types for a customized workout, with specific classes tailored toward experienced athletes, newbies, expectant mothers, and those rehabilitating from injuries. Nutritional-guidance appointments based on customized Quantum Nutrition programs identify harmful habits such as fire eating to reshape both lifestyles and physiques.
The Yoga Loft specializes in Vinyasa flow discipline, a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga that balances movements and breaths for optimum om. Impassioned and experienced instructors remix pliable poses during an array of yoga classes, taking all levels of yogi from the beginner poses to intense flows peppered with advanced postures and inversions. Invigorate cubicle-bound bodies in the lunchtime power hour flow, or practice meditative beatboxing the hip-hop flow class. Meanwhile, the Kundalini yoga class merges the peanut butter of the body, the jelly of the mind, and the hungry toddler mouth of the soul in alignment-focused exercises. The Yoga Loft offers 40 classes a week in their sun-drenched studio, which overlooks the waves of the ocean and Manhattan Beach Pier; check the website for more class descriptions and times.
An oasis in downtown Manhattan Beach, The Guru’s Gate fosters an environment of health and wellness through soothing Yoga and meditation sessions and healing therapies. Lisa Vitta, a Kundalini Research Institute–certified instructor, owns the studio and has handpicked an encouraging staff of her very own “gurus,” including Yoga and Pilates instructors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Together, the team hosts an array of sessions such as healing circles, energy therapy, subconscious programming, and a selection of nearly 30 Yoga and healing classes, from the classics, such as mat Pilates and Vinyasa flow, to sessions tailored specifically to pregnant women, new moms, and even kids themselves.
Beyond the wood-floored Yoga and meditation studio, The Guru’s Gate opens to private rooms for one-on-one holistic wellness therapy sessions, such as reiki, prenatal massage, and a stress-reducing phenomenon called the Emotional Freedom technique, which combines gentle taps on key meridian points with positive affirmations. Clients can also stop in for The Guru's Glow organic spray tan, or to simply peruse the onsite boutique, stocked with eco-friendly Yoga clothing, organic juices, and even Dr. Alkaitis Skin Holistic Organic Skin Food products made solely from living, edible ingredients, such as fruit or self-aware Twizzlers.