Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Machines and hybrids line the room. Their creator, the mad scientist of fitness Amy (Sowers) Jordan, has transformed her passion for Pilates and a flair for engineering into the newest incarnation of the Pilates reformer, called the WundaFormer. The patented design combines a Pilates reformer, Wunda Chair, jump board, and ballet barre into a muscle-toning juggernaut that Amy uses in her intense, fast-paced workouts. Obsessed with efficiency, Amy designed the sessions to target as many muscles as possible in the shortest amount of time.
After creating the innovative machine, she took her show on the road, opening studios to showcase what the muscle-sculpting apparatus could do. She now helms a passionate group of certified instructors who lead small groups of 10 guests at a time through the routine.
Glendale Chiro Care's treatment center feels more like a day spa than a medical office. Warm yellow walls lit with soft ceiling lights guide patients to the front desk, where a friendly staff member sits surrounded by therapeutic products, wood-stained furniture, and electric guitars. Relaxation is paramount in the treatment rooms, where Doctor of Chiropractic Gassia Titizian eases any anxieties about her methods before she and her staff ease bodily stresses with acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition-counseling, and massage treatments. They tend to patients of all ages, including children and those who've just given birth or swallowed an entire watermelon.
As a personal trainer and nutritional counselor with more than 15 years of experience, Eduardo Dias doesn't just show clients how to effectively and efficiently work out: his ultimate goal is to help people live healthier lives. An active lifestyle is an important part of this process, which Eduardo aids with boot-camp-style classes as well as personal-training sessions. In addition to building muscle tone, burning calories, and validating sweat bands, these classes and sessions empower clients by providing motivational support through positive encouragement. Since every client has unique goals and needs, Eduardo specializes in tailoring his approach to help attendees view their training as a learning experience instead of a simple workout.
Ocean Spa's main studio looks as though a massage party will break out at any moment. Eight beds—each draped in red and white bedding—huddle together, emulating the communal healing experiences common in the Far East. But clients with privacy predilections can opt for a private treatment room separate from the main area. Either way, the experienced massage therapists apply palms and knuckles to muscle knots, tending to tension with custom, full-body strokes. In addition, the team also specializes in reflexology, the practice of addressing bodily ailments through the hands and soles of the feet.
Equipment: Forge Fitness
Students should bring: Athletic shoes, water, and energy
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You bring the steak and we'll bring the sizzle