Treadmills, step classes, and free weights were making Joy Poulsen feel boxed in at the gym. She wanted a fun, up-tempo workout in the fresh air—that's why she created Inspire Fitness Boot Camps. Joy and her fellow coaches lead women in workouts that never let campers stop moving, for fear they'll freeze that way. An emphasis on exercises that emulate real-life movement means bodies can fall into the workout naturally, which makes it both safe and effective.
The first thing people notice about Circus Vargas is its big-top tent. Hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of cerulean-blue and sunshine-yellow fabric, the canopy, along with spotlights and saw-dust-covered floors, completed the illusion of an elegant lost era when used in the 2011 film Water for Elephants. The last thing people notice is the absence of animals. They're too busy gaping at a man balancing a 12-step ladder with his mouth.
Keeping its marvels strictly human, Circus Vargas builds on a 40-year history by blending classic feats of fearlessness with surprising new tricks. The show features magic tricks along with a skilled hand balancer, a speed juggler, and the wheel of destiny.
Experienced personal trainer Carmen Arroyo believes the ability to be fit and healthy is within everyone. She is passionate about helping her clients shed pounds and gain lean muscle through the Zumba and Turbo Kick classes she teaches at Underground Fitness II and M&M Fitness Republic at Futsal Republic. Blending a tough cardio workout with strength and endurance training, Carmen helps whip her clients into shape. She also offers nutritional counseling for those looking to complete the fitness package.
At Bay Area Fight Academy, a blocky and modernist exterior of white stone and glass contrasts with the graceful, organic craft practiced within. Under a pair of United States and Filipino flags, students might perform the simultaneously brutal and beautiful dances of kickboxing, jujitsu, or muay thai. A mixed-martial-arts class for children helps increase fitness and self-confidence, unlike a mixed-culinary-arts class, which only results in hamburger-flavored ice cream.
Maoli Martial Arts? instructors aren?t just fitness enthusiasts?they?re professional mixed-martial-arts fighters, Brazilian jujitsu champions, and certified personal trainers. They use their knowledge to effectively teach martial-arts and fitness classes at the expansive studio, building confidence as they whip clients into shape, all the while developing effective self-defense skills.
KO1 Fitness Academy injects a dose of hard-hitting fight training into workout routines, motivating students to build muscle and burn fat with high-energy kickboxing techniques. Trainers Guillermo "Dragon" Osorio and Ignacio Trejo help clients build strong, healthy bodies with classes in muay thai for adults or kids, fitness boot camps, and cardio or toning Zumba.