At JayVee Dance Center, children learn more than the techniques to impress audiences. As they master ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop moves, they also gain life-long values, such as self-esteem, discipline, and a sense of responsibility. The youth classes—catering to kids as young as age 2—include the staple sessions, but also branch out into unexpected disciplines such as Tahitian hula and break dance, which boldly breaks all the rules of the Hokey Pokey. The adult schedule is just as diverse, covering fitness-oriented areas such as Zumba, pole fitness, and [Streetease], which is a saucy combination of pole fitness, burlesque, and hip-hop.
In 1999, Matthew Castaneda began developing exercise programs for his friends and family. As his reputation grew, so did his clientele base, which quickly expanded to include business professionals, athletes, and stay-at-home moms. More than a decade later, and with countless hours spent perfecting his craft, Matthew opened the doors to Pasadena Muscle Company in his hometown. There, he does what he's always done: engineer customized workout programs for people interested in building mass, losing weight, or gaining strength. In addition to one-on-one training, Matthew also offers boot-camp-style workouts conducted in small groups.
Trainers Brandon Williams and Robert De Leon get clients in shape with personalized, one-of-a-kind fitness and nutrition plans. They lead both semi-private sessions with two to three trainees and private sessions where there's only one trainee and pep talks are whispered in code. The duo also offers sports-specific training. Brandon says he "has been personally training athletes and their parents" for nearly a decade; when he's not at San Marino Athletic Club, he's serving as a strength and conditioning coach for the San Marino High School basketball team.
At Push Pull Cardio, ACE-certified personal trainer Alan Ashley schedules one thing: TRX suspension training classes. Ashley, who is qualified by TRX to teach the classes, leads exercisers through a series of strap- and band-assisted body-weight exercises. These workouts boost heart rates and challenge endurance along the way, helping students build healthy hearts and circulatory systems as they go. Beginners can familiarize themselves with the movements during Push Pull's introductory classes or TRX's annual spring ice cream social.
The creator and owner of The Fit Factor, wants her clients to be excited to get out of bed in the morning. By teaching inventive fitness classes, she and her friendly staff of certified personal trainers and instructors help students get toned muscles and tap into their personal reserves of unlimited energy. All classes are semi-private and come with a free fitness assessment.There's The 50 Minute Factor, a 50-minute circuit training class that's packed with intense cardio and strength training moves, and there's the No Holds Barre Pilates Fitness class, a low-impact class that fuses mat Pilates moves and ballet barre techniques. Students can come in for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer or drop in on a Fit Factor Fight Club class, a cardio boxing session designed to leave muscles strong. The Fit Factor hosts such training in a sunlit, wood-floored space full of supportive and social energy from instructors and students alike.
As the founder of Body Lingo, Sabrina Moxie proves exercise and fun don't have to be mutually exclusive. As a personal trainer and former student at the LA Conservatory for Fine Arts, she is well-equipped to lead her small-group fitness classes through dance styles such as Bollywood fusion, Zumba, hip-hop cardio, and even hula-hoop aerobics. Though each session is already held in a small group, Sabrina and her staff invite extra-shy clients to break out of their shells in a comfortable private environment during one-on-one dance lessons, personal-training sessions, or two-person pistachio-eating contests. To supplement the caloric burn produced in class, the Body Lingo crew also offers stress-relieving guided mediation, as well as nutritional tips and tricks.