Lisa Babiuk spent 20 years getting clients into shape before discovering yoga held the complete package for her. In addition to healthily strengthening the body and increasing flexibility, she uses yoga because it’s fun. When speaking of exercise, she says, “We need it for our soul, too. If it isn’t fun, you won’t go back.”
She and her staff impart their light-hearted yet dedicated approach to yoga in classes seven days a week. They teach in dual studios under one roof, with one studio specifically engineered to host hot yoga classes.
Matthew Woodard studied martial arts for over 30 years, spending much of that time honing his skills in the field. In addition to time in the dojo, he worked as a law enforcement officer and executive bodyguard - he even served on a protection detail for the Dalai Lama. Today, he drew upon this life of discipline when he founded the Todai Bujinkan Dojo branch in Moorpark. Though Matthew now travels the world serving on high profile protection details, other instructors carry on in his place, arming students with modern self defense moves and a traditional warrior's spirit during lessons infused with an edge of practicality.
With the three-prong approach to total wellness at 3 Elements Lifestyle, overhauling your health can actually be easy. Combining workouts, a nutrition plan, and an active recovery program, personalized steps help individuals work toward their specific goals, whether it's shedding weight or building muscles. Its most popular program, boot camp, involves high-intensity interval training and functional movements to keep participants engaged and burning calories.
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.
The frosty rinks at Iceoplex have supported the arabesques of professional figure skaters and served as the backdrop in feature films. During public skating hours, though, anyone can stop by for a glide on the ice. Visitors can rent hockey or figure skates for the day, hold events in heated party rooms, or play games in the video arcade. Beginning skaters can attend skating school or take hockey lessons.
If they can crawl, they can cavort at Imagymnation Gymnastics, a colorful play facility that focuses on acrobatics for the waist-high set. Classes range from Diaper Daredevils, designed for ages 2 and younger, to girls' and boys' gymnastics classes for ages 6 and older. Other classes include coed Trampoline & Tumbling sessions and Kids Progressive, meant to build the physical, emotional, and social skills of 4- and 5-year-olds. And then there's open gym, where all ages can experience the joy of climbing ropes, crawling through tunnels, and balancing on beams.