Lifelong dancer Carmen Garson chose the goddess as the symbol of her fitness studio and boutique because it represents a loving, feminine energy. She aims to channel that energy throughout each of her belly-dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, African-dance, and yoga classes, helping earn her establishment the Hollywood Gazette?s Best Place for Yoga award. Within the wood-floored studio decked out with creations by local artists, she and her team host 33 dance and fitness classes a week.
Garson also opens her space for monthly art and poetry events where women come to share their creativity and boast about how many arms their inner goddesses have. She stocks the on-site boutique with exotic clothing and jewelry, as well as with spiritual books, essential oils candles, and incense.
Savvy Rydes believes in the power of the small group. Its fitness classes are capped at 15 people so its certified fitness instructors can give attention to each participant, whether showing beginners the ropes or motivating veteran exercisers to push themselves to the limit, or to the outskirts of town. The staff fuels these personalized fitness programs with Zumba dance routines, TRX suspension-training equipment, Polar GX gear, or indoor Real Ryder ABF8 cycles that tilt and lean like real bikes.
Yoga One houses a team of friendly, experienced yogites who help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized. Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara classes are offered throughout the week for beginners through advanced practitioners, ensuring that patrons of all experience levels can find a comfortable place to pose. The various classes are packed with a multitude of benefits that will help students subdue snappy muscles, relieve stiffness and pain, increase flexibility and strength, or prepare for future laser-limboing cat burglars.
• For $25, you get a one-month All Y adult membership plus one 30-minute fitness assessment, one 60-minute personal-training session, and three guest passes (a $169 value). • For $39, you get a one-month All Y family membership; one 30-minute fitness assessment and one 60-minute personal-training session per adult (up to two adults); and three guest passes (up to a $291 value).
The semi-private training program at Synergize! makes grueling workouts enjoyable and motivating. Renowned personal trainer and owner, Shondelle Solomon-Miles spent eight years in an underground bunker developing these small group personal training sessions, which include circuit and interval training and focus on fat loss, weight management and body sculpting. Shondelle believes most workouts lack enjoyment, which she remedies by providing fun, creative workouts that, like third-grade marriage proposals, engage students. Whether trying to lose a post-baby bump or striving to work off of the recent holiday hump, the semi-private training program will ensure that Synergizers make headway on their goals, avoid tussles with overeager paparazzi, and live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Offering a variety of classes from morning through evening during the week as well as Saturday mornings, maintaining fitness has never felt so low-maintenance. Consult the Synergize! website for more information.
Former US Marine Clive Phillips co-owns Iron Beast CrossFit with his wife, Eillen. Clive knows toughness when he sees it?being in the military will do that?so it's no surprise that he gravitated toward CrossFit and its intense, functional exercises.
As is the case at most CrossFit gyms, Iron Beast designs daily WODs (short for "workout of the day") that challenge various muscle groups. Adjustable to many different fitness levels, these WODs may include everything from weightlifting to sprinting. The idea is to strengthen the muscles we use every day to climb the stairs, chase the bus, or save the city from giant robots.