Buckeye Kettlebells’ owner and chief trainer, Dave Clancy, believes that training is about pushing his clients past their perceived physical limits, showing them what they're truly capable of. He shares that spirit with a crew of 10 Russian Kettlebell Challenge certified trainers, one of the largest such teams in the country. They lead their charges in a host of kettlebell classes, in which they heave the spherical burdens toward total-body fitness in addition to facing off against their body weight in exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, and squats. Clancy is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, who uses that knowledge to motivate clients to build muscle, flexibility, and range of motion.
In another sense, however, Clancy teaches the power of believing in yourself. He inspires patrons to tap into hidden stores of self-confidence to overcome physical and accompanying mental challenges—a skill that is useful in all of life's arenas, especially the local coliseum.
Even for avid yogis and cyclists, the yoga and spin classes at Burn Studio promise uncharted territory. The two separate entrances, Studio Yang and Studio Yin, offer very different atmospheres. When entering into Studio Yang, visitors are greeted with a pumped-up atmosphere from high-intensity fusion classes such as The Mixer, its signature class. After plowing through 30 minutes of uphill cycling and flat-out sprints on the stationary bike, attendees flow through 45 minutes of upbeat yoga. The class welcomes all fitness levels, as do the other distinctly energetic, fast-paced yoga and spin classes.
Those who enter into Studio Yin are greeted with a must calmer, cozy area that is used for practicing Burn Studio's many yoga classes. Visitors can choose to attend many classes, but the most popular are Yoga-Burn, a flowing, playful class, and Yogasculpt, a yoga class with weights. Slow Burn focuses on restorative poses while Foundations breaks down poses to focus on alignment.
People come to the yoga mat for a variety of reasons, which is why L-Yoga Flow's empowering classes strive to nourish its patrons on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Studio founder and creator of the L-Yoga Flow, Natalie Kristine, has combined her favorite aspects of all the exercise modalities she has studied, which include tai chi, ballet, Ashtanga yoga, boot-camp workouts, and reiki, into a class schedule that aims to bring the best out of yogis.
At Body Wrap LA, the details are in the name. That's because the staffers at this body-wrap salon focus purely on its eponymous service, making sure that what they do, they do well. The interior space buzzes with music and the scents of aromatherapy as infrared body wraps swaddle customers for 50-minute sessions. During the treatment, customers lie in cocoons while blissfully awaiting the arrival of new wings. Because a watched wing never boils, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet keep minds entertained as bodies transform into svelte versions of their former selves.
When Erica Vicens?s mother, Gloria, came home one day with permanent eyeliner, Erica fell in love with the dramatic look. But she was only seven years old, and had to wait many years before getting the procedure herself. When Erica finally traded in her eyeliner pencil for good, she also signed up for a training class to learn how to apply permanent makeup on her own. ?The first time I took the training class, knew that was it,? Erica said. She was just as enchanted with the process as she had been with the results.
Growing up, Craig Decker, "The Wine Guy", dined with Italian relatives who instilled in him their passion for old-world delicacies and family-style feasts. One of those family members, Carmela Rosato, even taught Craig the lasagna recipe he still uses today: topping two layers of seasoned beef with a double helping of ricotta and red sauce. That lasagna is now one of the house specialties at Ciao Vino, Craig's Italian eatery inspired by Carmela. The menu encompasses both traditional and less common Italian flavors, including wild mushroom ravioli and bruschetta topped with grilled steak and zinfandel-braised onions. Nearly 250 imported and domestic wines, with 40 by the glass, can complement Ciao Vino's meals, which unfold both indoors and on a roomy outdoor patio.