Jeannine Carter got her first taste of yoga class in a community yoga studio 20 years ago. Her first simple stretches slowly grew into a full-blown passion and she opened her own studio, Aquarius Yoga, with a mission to make the exercise form accessible to everyone.
To this end, she holds community-member classes on Saturdays at a discounted price and rewards environmental do-gooders with an even deeper discount for those who ride their bikes or falcon-drawn carriages to class. That's hardly the only class time available, though. With nearly a dozen instructors in her employ, Jeannine makes sure students can attend class every day of the week, including morning and evening sessions. When the sun sets on the hardwood-floored attic space, candlelit classes set a meditative tone as students strive to emulate the flowing flexibility of the tiny flames by bending through asanas or eating handfuls of wax.
With a career that has spanned three decades⎯including a starring role in more than 60 fitness DVDs, lectures in more 14 countries, and work published in Men’s Fitness, Shape, and the LA Times⎯John Garey, founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates, has certainly left an indelible mark on the fitness industry. The studio that bears his name upholds the philosophy that fitness should be fun. Its group fitness studio hosts equipment for TRX-suspension and trampoline-fitness classes, as well as rows of heavy bags and dumbbells for boxing and boot camps. The Pilates room features Stott Pilates Reformers, and nearby, 26 Spinner Pro cycles sit waiting to hum under the command of certified Spinning instructors. In addition to group classes, John's team of trainers conducts private training sessions in the personal-training room and provide teacher-training programs to initiate others into their elite group.
Within a private, discreet medical setting, board-certified internist and laser-therapy innovator Dr. Dennis Clark leads Laser M.D. Cosmetics' staff as they work to rejuvenate skin using advanced nonsurgical technology. The team uses the Venus-i system for skin resurfacing and performs multiple procedures using the versatile Alma Harmony, which keeps patients comfortable by offering them a choice of a cooled hand piece, noncooled hand piece, or hand piece that gives hugs. This broad treatment range allows Dr. Clark to address issues including wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair and tattoos. The staff also employs injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm to turn back time on human clock faces.
Sunlight floods through the floor-to-ceiling windows of The Studio by Bridget, beaming across the sparkling canals of Long Beach to illuminate 1,900 square feet of space. Lined against the walls, Pilates equipment ranges from Reformers to more unusual gear used in private training, such as the ladder barrel and the stability chair, ideal for seated workouts that give students a more rigorous exercise than cranking a recliner footrest up and down. On this equipment—or on simple Pilates mats—the studio’s team hosts classes that lengthen and strengthen muscles, balancing physiques and enhancing flexibility through regimens involving stretching, breathing, resistance training, pulleys, and cables. The staff complements its Pilates offerings with spinning classes and TRX sessions, whose Reformer workouts were designed by a Navy SEAL.
Fitness guru [Dr. John Spencer Ellis] http://gr.pn/Q9WKQk) set out to research the ideal method for burning fat and conditioning muscles, and in the process, he developed the IMPACT program, a collection of intense workouts, motivating coaching, and nutrition resources. This program forms the foundation of Impact Long Beach, where head trainer Peter McMahon leads functional training sessions that build strength, burn calories, and boost speed, endurance, and energy. Instead of having exercisers jog on treadmills or attempt to tow tractor-trailers by pedaling bicycles, he challenges them with agility drills and bodyweight exercises. Many classes take place at local parks and beaches, where exercisers can soak up sunbeams or challenge smug octopi to arm-wrestling matches.
Long Beach Golf Learning Center furnishes players with everything needed to calibrate their strokes and lower their scores—especially the space to practice. On its 19-acre plot, an 11,000-square-foot putting area hones short games while more than 80 hitting spaces look out over a 340-yard-long driving range. Of those spaces, more than 20 are authentic grass and 40 come furnished with a Power Tee—an automated teeing system that saves guests the effort of leaning over to set up their ball or the bubblegum required to hire a toddler to do it. When more than space is necessary to bring about improvement, players can opt for lessons with director of instruction Eric Manley or have an expert club fitter tweak their equipment’s loft, lie, or shaft frequency at The Fitting Studio.