Mommy & Me West brings together local moms so they can socialize while their little ones play and interact with their peers, learning to share and make friends. The club coordinates daily activities such as arts and crafts and music sessions, as well as play groups, parties, and Mom’s Night Out events. These entertaining and educational experiences contribute to Mommy & Me West’s goal of facilitating child development from birth to kindergarten and fostering relationships between the community's parents. As a nonprofit organization, the group is run by volunteers and membership fees go toward funding events.
Amilcar "Mica" Cipili, head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, knows what works for self defense and when placed in a real life fight. Raised in southern Brazil, Mica was already mastering the martial arts of kung fu, capoeira, and judo until he saw a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match that changed his life. Mica became obsessed with the "gentle art," which eschews brute force for more effective strategies of balance, leverage, and debate skills to use mid-grapple. Mica soon perfected the grips, flips, and submissive holds of jiu-jitsu with help from the Machado brothers–progeny of jiu-jitsu pioneer George Gracie. With his new-found fighting savvy,
Mica earned a third-degree black belt, a mantle-busting array of over 90 champion titles, and even trained MMA greats such as UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. At his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas institute, Mica trains fighters of all levels in classes six days a week. In addition to Brazilan jiu-jitsu and judo for adults and kids, the training center features courses in judo, MMA, wrestling, and boxing.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Yoga instructor Ala didn't settle for completing a 200-hour training program—soon after, she leapt into studying the more mystical arts of theta- and crystal-healing. Her partner Dennis, meanwhile, spent more than a decade honing his skills and expertise as a personal trainer. Though it may seem unlikely, they've found a way to bring these disparate skills together. As the founders of Ignite Your DNA, they specialize in a blend of fitness training and holistic healing. Dennis leads one-on-one and small-group workout sessions, while Ala gently guides her clients through basic yoga poses. Additionally, essential-oil aromatherapy sessions, tarot-card readings, and meditation coaching work to ease troubled minds, including ones who've seen the episode of Frasier where Niles turns evil. In their mission to help clients help themselves, Dennis and Ala are flexible: they can conduct their services at a nearby gym or in the privacy of a client's home.
"No goal is too big or too small," says fitness trainer and body builder Rachelle, the owner of Superb Fitness. With this attitude, she presides over advanced classes such as Plyometrics, upper and lower body workouts, and circuit training; and beginner courses such as low-impact cardio and abs, and modified legs for beginners.
After spending the better part of the last two decades practicing yoga, managing studios, and teaching at various hotels, spas, and health clubs, Angelica Govaert decided to open Sin City Yoga. When she began to design her courses and write lesson plans for her teacher-training program, a vinyasa-based regimen that emphasized the connection between movements and breathing started to take shape. Today, her studio offers classes every day of the week. Open to all levels of students, the instructors adjust their routines depending on the experience level of attendees, each individuals' goals and limitations, and the number of quadruple-jointed students in the class.