Founded by former professional ballet dancer Jennifer Williams and her husband Deric, Pop Physique captures the spirit of L.A. glamour in its unique Pop Sculpt fitness classes. Pop Sculpt sessions use a ballet barre, light weights, and an exercise ball in a workout designed to create lean, toned muscles and eradicate fat. In one-hour, participants boost energy, raise their metabolic rates, and clear their minds while working out in a fun, stylish studio space. In addition to Pop Sculpt classes, the studio also hosts vigorous Pilates Barre and Pop Yoga sessions.
A trio of Inside Out Studios inspires balance and tones muscles with gentle, dance-inspired, and weighted workouts overseen by a ladies’ only staff in open, air-conditioned spaces. Pilates practitioners unite quick, rigorous movements with deep, controlled breathing to fortify the core and lengthen the frame. Similarly, barre fitness wields a traditional ballet mainstay as a crutch for moves that challenge both the inexperienced dancer and the retired jewelry-box performer. In TRX suspension training, students employ dangling straps to build strength with body-resistance exercises, boost flexibility, and chisel the core. High-intensity kettlebell classes coalesce cardio, balance, and toning with handled weights that exercisers hold during squats, spins, and triple-axel jumps. Each class style’s page lists its schedule, with classes available from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Native Yoga Center's founders, Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, have shown young yogis how to reap the benefits of bending and balancing in four countries: the United States, Australia, Thailand, and India. Their diverse international experiences inform each of the studio's challenging classes, which are scheduled every day of the week, except for days of the new moon or full moon or when the moon has to stay home and wait for the Internet guy. Stretchers of any skill level can attend 60-minute Vinyasa sessions, which highlight gentle movements, meditative breathing, and proper alignment, or 90-minute Ashtanga classes, which aim to increase muscular strength and balance. Native yoga classes take place in a warmed room to promote greater focus, encourage detoxification through sweating, and help students locate the frozen-fish-stick burglar based on escalating aromatics.
Doctor of Chiropractic James McErlain helms Jupiter Healthcare, where he focuses on treating disk herniations, sciatica, sport injuries, and back and neck pain. The latter issues have a broad range of causes, which is why he uses various treatment methods, including hands-on chiropractic techniques and spinal-decompression sessions using the DRX 9000 machine. In addition to chiropractic care, Jupiter Healthcare offers physical therapy and several types of massages, including trigger-point therapy, which targets spots on the skeletal muscles made hyperirritable by a lack of coffee.
As its name suggests, Barefoot Yoga Studio takes a laid-back approach to yoga, a traditionally laid-back mode of physical expression. Even students without extra funds are welcome to attend classes, and are asked to just place whatever they can in the donation box. The studio wants to ensure that no one misses out on a Hatha or flow class at the studio, or a beach yoga session on the shoreline.
At TITLE Boxing Club, heavy 100-pound bags punctuate the open gym space. Led by a professional boxer, kickboxer, or MMA trainer, the classes lead students through full-body fitness using boxing or kickboxing techniques. In addition the small-group classes, the trainers conduct personal-training sessions.