Power Plate Acceleration Training devices field-tested by movie stars and professional athletes boost the calorie-burning power of every workout class offered at Studio 125. Like an indecisive cabbie, the platform's palpitations force bodies to adjust to ever-changing acceleration, stimulating up to 50 muscle contractions per second. Patrons clamber aboard to perform moves from exercise disciplines such as yoga and Pilates during classes that last for only 25–35 minutes.
Welcoming studios awash in natural light enfold booty sculptors as they dip, bend, and fold through The Bar Method, a one-hour workout blending the fat burning of interval training and the muscle-lengthening effects of ballet-barre conditioning. The pair of studios shares a single schedule of multilevel classes held every day of the week, not unlike the sun's favorite pet. Classes begin with a limb-limbering warm-up before moving onto free-weight exercises and pushups, finishing up with a set of intense seat work on the bar and an ab-crunching finale on the mat. Every exercise treats muscles to gentle warm-up and cool-down stretches to facilitate the transition between the studio and one's everyday life atop a music box.
The staff members at Core Fitness lead circuit-training fitness classes as well as personal-training sessions. During the group classes, the trainers challenge their students with upper body, lower body, core, cardio, balance, and strength exercises on 12 to 16 different stations.
An injury might have threatened Caroline Londergan’s professional dance career more than a decade ago. But thanks to the fluid, core-focused conditioning exercises of Pilates, her recovery was smooth and speedy, and rehabilitation allowed her to continue dancing professionally. In the process, she found a second calling: teaching Pilates. Today, Caroline is a certified instructor who has taught Pilates at the White House and writes a column on the subject for Examiner.com.
Along with a team of seasoned instructors, Caroline imparts the teachings of the method’s founder, Joseph Pilates, to help clients build enough strength and flexibility in their abs and lower back to crack a walnut in a single sit-up. Whether training clients privately or in groups of 4–5 per instructor, Caroline and her team lead workouts that incorporate mat-based movements and spring-powered resistance machines, such as reformers and towers.
An oasis in downtown Manhattan Beach, The Guru’s Gate fosters an environment of health and wellness through soothing Yoga and meditation sessions and healing therapies. Lisa Vitta, a Kundalini Research Institute–certified instructor, owns the studio and has handpicked an encouraging staff of her very own “gurus,” including Yoga and Pilates instructors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Together, the team hosts an array of sessions such as healing circles, energy therapy, subconscious programming, and a selection of nearly 30 Yoga and healing classes, from the classics, such as mat Pilates and Vinyasa flow, to sessions tailored specifically to pregnant women, new moms, and even kids themselves.
Beyond the wood-floored Yoga and meditation studio, The Guru’s Gate opens to private rooms for one-on-one holistic wellness therapy sessions, such as reiki, prenatal massage, and a stress-reducing phenomenon called the Emotional Freedom technique, which combines gentle taps on key meridian points with positive affirmations. Clients can also stop in for The Guru's Glow organic spray tan, or to simply peruse the onsite boutique, stocked with eco-friendly Yoga clothing, organic juices, and even Dr. Alkaitis Skin Holistic Organic Skin Food products made solely from living, edible ingredients, such as fruit or self-aware Twizzlers.
Inside the spacious, sun-filled studio, passionate teachers Leyla Assado and Kay Ostrenko lead students of all abilities through a robust schedule of 90-minute, heated-yoga classes. Created by celebrated yogi, Bikram Choudhury, the Bikram-yoga method features two breathing exercises and 26 postures designed to promote flexibility and detoxify the body with stretches and balances that send freshly oxygenated blood white water rafting through the body's veins and organs. Heated to a balmy 105-degrees, the serene practice space envelopes students in wall-spanning mirrors and floor to ceiling windows that illuminate the room with soft, natural light. After reducing toxins to Wicked Witch floor puddles, patrons can take advantage of the studio's spa-like facilities, where a steamy sauna and roomy showers complete the cleansing process.
With the ocean a glowing, blue line along the horizon just outside the sunlight-filled windows, LYFE Yoga Center maintains a calm, earthy feel. The jade-green walls complement the russet-colored ceiling within the serene elevated studio, where students stretch and strengthen their bodies, almost able to hear the crashing of the waves and the soothing lullabies from a family of seagulls. Drawing from an extensive training program, the instructors lead students through Iyengar classes, teaching the ancient art through movement and postures. They uphold LYFE’s philosophy of seeking tranquility through mental clarity in all their classes, which also include yoga styles such as Kundalini and Vinyasa flow, in addition to prenatal yoga and breath meditation. The center caters to smaller class sizes and also offers props and free parking. The team at LYFE Yoga teaches students of all levels but specialize in fostering yoga beginners.