For more than 20 years, Natasha Kufa has helped sculpt and streamline some of Hollywood's most famous physiques, including Fergie's and Matthew McConaughey's. What sets Natasha's personal-training services apart is her dual emphasis on nutrition and fitness. A certified raw-foods nutrition specialist, she believes that diet plays a huge role in stamina, physical shape, and overall well-being. She designed a juice cleanse to help people quickly detox, and she also offers personal-chef services that deliver organic, healthy meals. In her latest book, The 10% Rule: Small Changes, Big Results, she clues clients in to the secrets and strategies that have kept her alive for more than 6,000 years.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard?s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution?Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach?s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
At Cardio Barre Brentwood, owner Lisa Doty's love affair with cardio barre first began with buying a Groupon. After learning about and practicing more cardio barre, she left the entertainment industry and launched Cardio Barre Brentwood and, second to her children, has said it's her proudest achievement.
Students Should Bring: Towel; a limited number of yoga mats are available
Average Class Length: 60?75 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Students Should Bring: Towel; yoga mats are available
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Personal trainer and licensed massage therapist Kim Hopkins founded Perfect Parts Total Body Care with one goal in mind: to help her clients look and feel healthier. She has spent more than 30 years working up to this goal, building an impressive resum? that includes certifications in personal training, Zumba instruction, and nutrition management. Though she has come a long way in those three decades, Hopkins keeps on traveling. She saves clients a commute by providing both personal training and massages in their homes, or hauling her massage chair to their offices and secluded batcaves.
In first-class gyms scattered across the continent, the instructors of Velocity Sports Performance run group fitness programs tailored to active adults, professional athletes, and growing adolescents. Classes are general in nature and develop universal skills for sports from football to basketball to tractor-tipping. Athletes from the NFL, the MLB, and the LPGA have all taken advantage of the facilities’ training regimens, and coaches at all levels appreciate the gyms’ informed and holistic approach to fitness.
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.