Licensed Zumba instructor and professional dancer Eloisa Holguin trained at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in ballet and modern dance and spent four years as a principal dancer with the Pacifico Dance Company. Following her own motto of “the more you know, the more you’re worth,” Eloisa broadened her dance horizons to include flamenco and other ethnic dance styles, which she uses when designing routines for her Zumba classes. Licensed in Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning, she uses upbeat Latin rhythms to inspire dancers to get their hips shaking for routines that help burn calories and tone the body.
During her time as a fashion model, Donna Michelle D'Aurio knew the importance of staying in shape. But, when she became a trained fitness instructor, she quickly learned the importance of being both fit and healthy. With this philosophy in mind, Donna established Bella Fitness as a mobile fitness company in 2006. Since then, the company has grown into a fitness business where a staff of personal trainers, dance instructors, sport coaches, and nutritionists designs customized fitness plans for everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Within the studio, clients can work up a sweat in semi-private Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TRX, and dance cardio classes that reflect Donna’s own group fitness certifications from the Arthritis Foundation, SilverSneakers, PiYo, and YMCA. For younger clients, kids' yoga and Zumba classes are also available. At the other end of the spectrum, personal training sessions provide one-on-one attention as exercisers focus on mastering specific fitness routines or strengthening their levitation abilities. Bella's facility is also equipped with a Korr Reevue breathing test, which determines resting metabolic rates, as well as plenty of space to host training courses on CPR and fitness instruction.
Fitness is Art isn’t a typical fitness studio. Once a cozy family home, the space welcomes guests to heave exercise balls next to a fireplace and an antique grandfather clock. Within the rich-wooded confines, a husband-and-wife team leads students of all abilities through group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Bright blue walls surround students as sun pours in the main room’s many windows for uplifting Zumba and dance classes. Classes and training also move outside, where they’ve set up a MoveStrong fitness center for outdoor boot-camp, circuit-training, and personal-training sessions. Helping students get fit from truly head-to-toe, they also offer facial fitness classes that help alleviate wrinkles as smiles bench-press heavier reps.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Leslie Maltz is not only a firm believer in taking care of the body; she’s also a passionate believer in taking care of the earth. That's why the seasoned trainer bans treadmills, ellipticals, and other electrically powered equipment from her gym, believing that optimal fitness levels can be achieved through functional, everyday exercises. Drawing from 14 years of personal training, krav maga, and competitive racing experience, Leslie leads a staff of CrossFit instructors, hapkido masters, and fitness specialists who teach a variety of functional training classes throughout the week. Amid kettlebells, ropes, and a climbing wall, the trainers guide clients of all fitness levels in boot-camp exercises, dance-infused workouts, and martial-arts movements. They also offer therapeutic massage treatments and nutritional-counseling services, where experts teach healthful eating habits in lieu of ineffective methods such as fad diets or the practice of insulting your refrigerator until it locks you out.