At the helm of Equilibrium Fitness' studio is Annabelle Rosemurgy, an equestrian and former Olympic athlete whose performances required enough core strength to pull off a handstand atop her horse during competitions. In her studio, she helms a team of certified instructors that leads a host of amped up Pilates routines and RealRyder indoor cycling classes.
Fifty five-minute SPX Pilates classes initiate novices into the intense practice, designed to keep on incinerating calories hours after the sessions end. The studio’s bread and butter, however, are the SPX and Systeme Dynamique classes—variations on the Pilates method—that use circuit training to target extra weight in the hips and thighs and isolate muscle groups all over the body to sculpt, tone, burn fat, and increase flexibility. Even the studio's indoor cycling sessions target core muscles, strengthen the upper body, and torch calories, getting legs pumping on RealRyder bikes that allow riders to steer and lean, simulating the real cycling experience of avoiding potholes and the maneating Sarlaccs that live inside them.
Los Angeles’ Spectrum Athletic Club is a three-story full-service gym, located at the Howard Hughes Center near the 405. The spacious club offers clean, updated equipment in addition to a wide variety of exercise classes, and free parking is available in the adjacent lot. The first floor houses the lobby, a café that serves healthy post-workout fare and a large pool that offers aquatic classes. There’s also a Kids Club, where members can leave their children while working out. Well-appointed locker rooms feature keyless lockers and unlimited towel service, which come in handy on the second floor, where you’ll find the majority of weightlifting equipment and group exercise rooms. Options include yoga, dance, cycling and kickboxing, each helmed by upbeat instructors and pulsing with motivating music. The third floor has numerous cardio machines outfitted with personal TVs and cable, and offers wide views of the rolling Los Angeles landscape.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including over 1,000 patients for face-fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
At this sleek Hollywood studio located near Sunset and Vine, a fitness mash-up of spinning and Pilates offers unique 55-minute workouts that burn calories and tone muscles. A spacious, airy industrial room with polished wood floors, mirrors and concrete pillars, this Cyclelates studio is clean and bright. The sessions themselves are fairly straightforward: 20 minutes of spinning on a stationary cycling machine and 35 minutes of Pilates on a Reformer machine. Classes run seven days a week from early morning to night, and drop in sessions are available for anyone looking to explore the unique exercise regimen, without plunking down the cash for a full package. Private instruction is also available, as are areas for yoga, spray tanning and consultation with nutritionists.
Made in LA founder Andrea Lawent “never heard ‘change’ and ‘comfortable’ in the same sentence.” While she encourages students at Made in LA to work at their own pace, she won’t accept them to give anything less than 100% of themselves and at least 20% of their imaginary friends. A veteran of the dance and fitness industries, she opened the doors of her Hollywood Blvd. fitness and rehabilitation studio—which is equipped with 35 spinning bikes and a 2,500 square foot private training gym—in 2008. Since then, Made in LA has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and has attracted a host of celebrity clientele including Carmen Electra and Laura Prepon.
Alongside a seasoned squad of fitness gurus, Lawent provides students with a wide variety of offerings that include her famous rock-and-roll themed spinning classes, boot camps, yoga classes, and personal training sessions. Students of any ability level perch on one of 35 spin bikes or take advantage of a 2,500 square foot private training gym