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.
At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.
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.
Physique on 6th's owner Rebecca Cisneros, a certified nutritionist, personal trainer, and mother of seven, spurs exercisers toward overall wellness through group fitness classes, personal-training sessions, and nutritional counseling. Skilled instructors handpicked by Rebecca herself lead exercisers through Pilates, kettlebell, and Zumba classes that help students to reach personal fitness goals such as achieving washboard abs or gaining the strength to uproot drawn-out stoplights. With a holistic approach to health, Rebecca draws up custom-fitted meal plans to guide eaters through the otherwise confounding labyrinth of choosing healthy carbs and proteins.
At Live In Fit, Alycia Sumlin-Lyrse and her team of certified trainers take a benevolent approach to fitness classes. The team uses spirituality and integrity as motivating forces to achieve physical health and believe that being good examples of fitness themselves is the best way to get their students motivated to change their lives. Accordingly, their boot camps and circuit-training classes eschew the harsh yelling and humiliating diary reading of typical routines for positive reinforcement and friendly encouragement. The fitness gurus will even travel to places of business and customize workout programs for employees to help banish sick days and boost productivity.
First-time campers kick off with a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with a certified fitness consultant. Then, during each session, boot-bodies can expect varied total-body workouts heightened by exercise formats such as resistance training, jump roping, kickboxing, Pilates, partner drills, short-distance running, and encyclopedia ripping-in-half. At the end of four weeks, goals are assessed and firm, silent, head nods of confidence are exchanged. Long Beach Boot Camp requires that all campers bring the following equipment to each session: exercise mat, set of hand weights, resistance band, and water bottle.