Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Made in LA founder Andrea Lawent ?never heard ?change? and ?comfortable? in the same sentence.? While she encourages students at Made in LA to work at their own pace, she won?t accept them to give anything less than 100% of themselves and at least 20% of their imaginary friends. A veteran of the dance and fitness industries, she opened the doors of her Hollywood Blvd. fitness and rehabilitation studio?which is equipped with 35 spinning bikes and a 2,500 square foot private training gym?in 2008. Since then, Made in LA has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and has attracted a host of celebrity clientele including Carmen Electra and Laura Prepon.
Alongside a seasoned squad of fitness gurus, Lawent provides students with a wide variety of offerings that include her famous rock-and-roll themed spinning classes, boot camps, yoga classes, and personal training sessions. Students of any ability level perch on one of 35 spin bikes or take advantage of a 2,500 square foot private training gym
Head coach and founder of LA BeachFit Adam Thurtell believes that while CrossFit is an excellent workout, there are things that could be better. He set out to improve on CrossFit, and the result was LA BeachFit: an effective fusion of boot-camp-style training and CrossFit that he believes will appeal to more of his clients. Each one of Adam's outdoor small-group fitness sessions is different, incorporating strength training, cardio, and drills to burn calories and build lean muscle rapidly. Trainees shed fat as they train together in these laid-back yet challenging exercise sessions.
Tore Up is a collection of certified personal trainers who work with their clients to customize workouts and fitness goals. They offer services such as personal training, boot-camp fitness sessions, and meal and nutrition plans. Formats include group classes as well as semiprivate and individual sessions, and locations include onsite options such as homes, parks, and gyms.
The teachers at Atomic Pilates help students exercise their full musculoskeletal system. They teach classes for all skill levels, ranging from beginning mat, which focuses on form and breathing, to Cardio Mat, with more continuous intensive movement and stretching to keep heart rates high.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.