Although Metro Fitness already boasts 11,000 square feet of treadmills, ellipticals, and Hammer Strength equipment, the gym is always in the process of improvement. Metro Fitness recently opened saunas in both the men's and women's locker rooms, which already feature showers and vanity areas.
The relaxed gym prides itself on its uncrowded space, which also hosts group fitness classes, including yoga, kickboxing, and indoor cycling. Private personal training makes it easy to stay on track with fitness goals without using baby rattles as free weights.
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.
By the time Tannis Kobrinksy started reading, she was already learning ballet. By the time she had her driver’s license, she had become a professional dancer.
In her welcoming studio, filled with sunlight and tasteful paintings, she emphasizes communal learning. Each of her small-group lessons, which are often limited to just three or four students at a time, promote camaraderie. Joining Tannis is a team of instructors, each member drawing on a different area of expertise, including classic Pilates, ballet, tai chi, and belly dance.
While many people choose hiking boots for big adventures, Sandy Campanella has made her entire life journey in various pairs of dance shoes. She started her studies in flamenco and folkloric dance at the age of 3, she began teaching aerobics classes at 18, and she earned her BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts shortly after. Having worked as a dancer, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor, Sandy now brings her vast experience to her own studio, where she leads fun classes that share the health benefits of dance and cardio exercise, as well as the intellectual benefits of calculating the centripetal force of a perfect pirouette.
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.
Situated across from the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Natural Pilates & Bodyworks caters to clients with a studio fully equipped with Pilates and Gyrotonic equipment. The high-quality equipment and props enable instructors to create personalized workout programs for private, semi-private, or group sessions.
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.