Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Believe Fitness Studio inspires exercisers to shake off calories inside its freshly renovated, 8,000-square-foot facility stocked with brand-new equipment. The studio's selection of classes ranges from standard sessions of Pilates and TRX to less orthodox offerings, such as antigravity yoga, which challenges students to complete poses while suspended in midair without the aid of a fairy godmother. In the pole room, five platinum stage poles stretch toward the ceiling and facilitate sultry spins. Aerial arts classes are also available, using apparatuses such as silks, hoops, and stationary trapezes. Separate locker rooms for men and women allow for comfortable cooldown with private showers and changing rooms.
The Center Street Club offers boutique-style private training and relaxation in an uncrowded urban oasis. Like reality-TV contestants, the club's attentive trainers come out of their shell and start to reveal exercise secrets during one-on-one personal training sessions. Private Pilates gets solo stretchers reaching for the remote without leaving the sofa, and stressed souls slough off tension with a Swedish massage. When the 50 minutes in heaven is complete, mettle-testers can roam over 10,000 square feet of amenities and slick workout equipment, growing guns with free weights, raising heart rates with the StairMaster, and drafting home-sauna blueprints on the fogged-up walls of the steam room.
Before they were certified Pilates, barre, and yoga instructors, nearly all the staff members at Art of Pilates were professional dancers. Their past athletic lives gave them personal insight into what the body can accomplish, from bending over backwards to outrunning embarrassment about buying the wrong water bottle. During small classes, they now assist practitioners in creating leaner, stronger physiques through core-strengthening Pilates moves, ballet positions, and yoga poses.
Founded in 1996, Seaside Shotokan gives students of all levels the opportunity to learn from the expert yoga and fitness instructors. Within a 1,500-square-foot studio with sprung hardwood floors, these trainers oversee a variety of fitness classes with sessions for power yoga, Zumba dance fitness, and stretching classes for martial artists and out-of-shape Koosh balls.
As a working actress, Judie Aronson was always working out. She moved from one workout modality to the next, but it wasn’t until the fitness devotee came across a fusion of Pilates, cardio, and strength training that she knew she’d found an exercise formula that wasn’t only effective, but engrossing. Wishing to share her discovery with the community without investing in a 20-ton megaphone, Aronson opened her RockIt Body Pilates studio, which garnered a plethora of enthusiastic press, including the accolade of Best Workout Trend and Best Personal Training 2011 from Southbay magazine. She and her team of trainers introduce clients to dynamic, challenging, and fun workout sessions that target a variety of muscles using specialized Pilates equipment.
RockIt Body's two locations, in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, have become successful enough to garner commercial attention from a television camera. Aronson's many clients have included Bill Engvall, who used the studio when preparing for Dancing With the Stars, and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, who is now a trainer at RockIt Body Pilates.