The instructors at Yoga Long Beach heat their practice room before classes, helping visitors to work up a healthy sweat while moving through poses. Students can improve strength and flexibility with classes such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hatha Flow, or opt for a non-heated class. As an added convenience, the studio is located close to a train station.
Modern Fitness strays from customary crunches with gratifying group exercise classes pioneered to promote enjoyment rather than dread. Students of all ages can choose from a range of classes such as cardio kick, designed to strengthen the body and cleanse the system by sweating out toxins with kickboxing-inspired routines. Dancers who prefer to tango with partners bolted to the floor can try pole dancing, which improves strength with gymnastic and modern-dance-based moves. Popular Zumba fitness transforms exercise into an aerobic party, combining Latin music and easy dance steps to target legs, abs, glutes, arms, and both left feet.
Sweat glistens across every brow at the Motion On Oceanside private training studio as instructors lead high-energy fitness classes. The high-intensity movements of cardio-centric Zumba and boot-camp sessions counterbalance the flowing, steady movements of yoga and tai chi classes, designed to build balance and flexibility.
Unlike studios that employ child-sniffing dogs to make sure no kids sneak in, Motion On Oceanside welcomes youngsters, helping them to stay fit and busy with a complimentary babysitting program and a variety of after-school and summer programs. Additionally, the staff opens its studio for private Zumba dance parties for kids and teenagers, supplying refreshments so that the only thing parents need to bring is the cake and a piñata to keep it in.
Caramellos Pilates offers group, semiprivate, and private sessions to elucidate Pilates methods and specialized equipment for visitors intent on learning to tone and tighten their core muscles. Mat classes help students of all skill levels to master proper Pilates fundamentals, and equipment and TRX suspension sessions boost strength-training potential with the muscle-firming resistance of the machine's levers, springs, and lead undershirts. The studio space brims with equipment, including reformers and small hand weights, as the large front windows flood the room with natural light for any photosynthetic clientele.
The glow of candlelight fills the room, falling on the studio's hardwood floors and warming the saffron-colored walls. The subdued atmosphere enhances the benefits of the Vinyasa yoga class, helping students let go of the day as they focus on their breath and the journey between poses.
At Breathe N Flow Yoga, instructors strive to make every class a welcoming place for practitioners of all experience and age levels. In addition to candlelight Vinyasa yoga, they lead more than 10 styles, including gentle restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, kids' yoga, and Yin yoga, which focuses on joint flexibility and releasing energy blockages.
Community yoga invites all ages and skill levels to pay-what-you-can classes that benefit a different nonprofit each month. Breathe N Flow is also a Yoga Alliance–accredited yoga-teacher training center, helping professionals deepen their own personal practice and introducing them to specialty practices.
Markisha Beckford studies the human body the way an engineer might study a particularly complex machine, so it makes sense that she works at a place called The Fitness Workshop. Having trained with top fitness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Beckford is fully equipped to help clients adopt healthier dietary and exercise routines. Her holistic approach to health examines how these two areas—nutrition and fitness—are connected, and how an improvement to one might benefit the other. When she's not leading classes in spinning and Pilates, Beckford offers nutritional advice and posts healthy recipes on her website.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.