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.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat?all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started HDX Fit as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
HDX Fit also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can’t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym’s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
Camouflage paint lines the walls of Barry’s Bootcamp, symbolizing the same martial commitment to discipline that has helped celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Taye Diggs to sculpt bodies that woo the cameras. Treadmills and free weights power one-hour classes, where experienced trainers lead intervals of bicep curls, cardio burpees, kneeling rows, and military-style calisthenics. Students of all levels build strong, lean physiques while powering through exercises that target abs, backs, and vestigial exoskeletons. Music lends the space a party vibe, boosting energy levels as calories melt away.
Dr. Ali Sepehr has spent his entire career focused on the human face. While other doctors dabble in a variety of fields, he felt that choosing one specialty would allow him to truly treat a patient to the best of his ability. This single-minded devotion has led him to train under renowned surgeon Peter Adamson, receive board certification, and earn the 2010 Reuther Kris Conrad Merit Award for outstanding achievement in his field. He demonstrates his expertise at The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery by performing a variety of facial treatments, from liquid face-lifts and Botox injections to eyelid lifts and brow surgeries.