Cross Training 360’s more than 15 fitness classes build long, lean muscles instead of bulky mass while burning up to 1,200 calories per session. Each one-hour class, such as Piloxing—a mix of Pilates and boxing—features cross training for well-rounded conditioning while reducing boredom as well as injury risk. Besides classes such as TRX Glide and hip-hop dance, Cross Training 360 offers a 90-day weight-loss-oriented boot camp.
Joy DiPalma struggled with weight problems in her youth, but overcoming them, launched her 12-year career of personal training, competitive sports, and psychological study. By successfully changing her own life, she gained an intimate understanding of what it takes to break one's barriers and lead a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically, and she decided she wanted to help others change their own lives. So she founded Core Conditioning CrossFit, blending her knowledge of motivational science and nutrition with the intense exercise of CrossFit and the beauty of the outdoors.
Joy draws on many schools of exercise to construct her workouts, integrating cardiovascular training with strength building and flexibility drills with stability coaching. Workouts and postworkout naps are held in Pan Pacific Park, where the early morning sun offers warmth, light, and the promise of a new day.
Inside CrossFit Studio City, there's no one primping in the mirror. There's no one chatting on a cell phone, flipping through a magazine, or watching TV. That's because the gym shuns such distractions, allowing for the absolute concentration it takes to perform CrossFit's system of high-intensity, functional movements.
Each day, certified instructors have students slinging kettlebells, doing pull-ups, and climbing ropes. Their mix of exercises preps for all physical activities, including running marathons or running a cat rodeo. The next day, they change the routine to keep everyone's focus intact.
Though the instructors push participants to their limits, there's no intimidation factor—they want people to feel good about leaving exhausted. They keep a jovial mood during classes, motivating all students with positive reinforcement and encouraging classmates to do the same for each other. Since CrossFit is scalable to all fitness levels, everyone from firefighters to soccer moms and grandparents are welcome to join in.
Kevin Batmanyan lugs padded mats, weighted medicine balls, and thick, heavy ropes into the park. He’s greeted by an enthusiastic group of boot campers who stretch and warm up on the grass before Kevin starts their intense training session. He leads these small groups through challenging exercises that use plyometric exercises and intense bursts of cardio to build muscles and endurance. With a focus on team building and an abundance of natural energy, Kevin aims to make the sessions motivating and enjoyable.
If you're teaching krav maga in America, there's a good chance that John Whitman has punched you. The fifth-degree black belt has played an integral role in spreading the self-defense system throughout the country, a fact that earned him a feature in Black Belt magazine for influencing modern martial arts. Today, he trains students and fellow instructors at his gym, Alliance Training Center, which doubles as the national headquarters for his organization, Krav Maga Alliance. There, he guides his pupils through the same instinct-based techniques that he has used to coach soldiers, law-enforcement officers, and celebrities, including Million Dollar Baby's Hilary Swank.
Krav maga's devastating maneuvers constitute the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. However, John and his team educate students of all ages and fitness backgrounds, maintaining that the art's effectiveness relies on sound execution rather than strength, size, or an additional set of bodybuilder arms. The instructors also teach other classes for muscular and martial conditioning: CrossFit employs Olympic weightlifts, kettlebells, and gymnastics equipment to toughen physiques, and StrikeFit sessions pit fists against heavy bags and pads. Instructors also lead programs for children aged 6–12, which help cook discipline and confidence into their daily routines.
At Golden State CrossFit, the rules are simple: check your ego at the door, go heavy, and clean up any sweat or protein powder you spill on the ground. Inside their shock-absorbing interior, a team of coaches—comprised of former dancers, Division I lacrosse players, and competitive power lifters—lead students who deadlift, squat, or clean and jerk brightly colored weights with perfect form. The instructors give personalized feedback during small-group workouts, and partner with a registered dietician who supplies nutritional advice.