Total Training Boot Camp shares several key attributes with military-style training, the most obvious of which is an amped-up level of intensity. The differences, however, are just as notable. Trainers never attempt to motivate their students with harsh words and yelling, instead opting to inundate them with positive support. Students need every ounce of encouragement they can get as they struggle through workouts designed to achieve a three-pronged objective: burn fat, sculpt muscles, and improve the quality of daily life. Each punishing boot-camp session engages the legs, abs, arms, shoulders, and internal hard drive to slenderize the body in as short a time as possible. Total Training Boot Camp's workouts challenge athletes of all levels; their scalable nature and wide appeal helped the company place as a finalist for CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2011. Aside from the flagship boot camps, trainers offer personal-training sessions that customize workouts to specific body types and goals.
Bella Derma Medi Spa serves as the noninvasive branch of Dr. Robert Beltran's network of medical practices. While his other clinics handle procedures such as facelifts and sinus surgeries, this medspa arrests the appearance of aging through laser treatments, facials, and beauty injections. Dr. Beltran partners with a staff of licensed aestheticians and registered nurses that specializes in erasing sunspots, frown lines, and the graphite marks left from their hybrid pencil-sunspot eraser. While Dr. Beltran calls upon three decades of experience as a medical professional to oversee the practice, the technicians call upon prescription Latisse products to help grow longer lashes and therapeutic serums to fight off acne and blemishes.
Owner and certified personal trainer Peggy Tung strengthens cores a few bodies at a time, inviting only small groups into her studio so she can give students her undivided attention. Tung underwent over 1,000 hours of comprehensive Pilates education to become certified, and she earned the title of integrated-flexibility specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In classes and long lines at the supermarket, she leads willing participants through core-strengthening Pilates mat work. To take exercises even further, she stocks her studio with a collection of specialty reformer machines, such as the Wunda Chair and Ped-O-Pull, designed to enhance Pilates' body-toning movements. In addition to helming Pilates, Tung helps students bolster overall power during strength-training courses and burn calories in circuit-training sessions.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
At the Center for Living Peace, bright-orange mats unfurl amid orchids, grasses, and rays of sunlight in preparation for Smiling Monkey Yoga, in which kids unwind with deep breaths, joyful movements, and mind-centering exercises. To help kids build strength and flexibility, the studio's founders and teachers, Patrice Simon and Amy MacConnell, intersperse traditional yoga poses such as wheels, locusts, and trees with games that hone social skills and coordination. Deep inhalations and exhalations direct kids inward, where they unlock wisdom about themselves and their relationships with others. In addition to fueling self-exploration, these breaths can be applied in their daily lives to help them cope with conflict and defuse stressful encounters with teachers, bullies, or the Boogey Man and his big scary dog. Children aged 3 and younger may experience yoga during Baby and Me classes, where parents melt tension and forge friendships through a series of relaxing poses.
Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's director, Diana Pipaloff, has unwavering confidence in her instructors' abilities. It's appropriate, because most of them learned their practice at the center. Their 500-hour training program, which includes post-graduate mentorships and internships as soft pretzels, equips graduates with Yoga Alliance registration. Once trained, a select few of these yogis begin work at Yoga Shakti Wellness Center's locations in Irvine and Huntington Beach.
At each location, students stretch and breathe during more than 10 types of yoga classes. Shakti yoga, the center's flagship style, leads participants in combining sun salutations, poses, and energy work to move toward increasing their physical and spiritual strength. Other options from the more than 100 classes offered each week include prenatal yoga and gentle yoga, which elucidates yoga's foundational poses and philosophy.
However, the staff isn't super-glued to their yoga mats. They also teach ayurveda, a lifestyle that combines dietary changes with massage, meditation, and other purification therapies. Guests can further heal their bodies with chiropractic and massage.