In the words of his colleague Michael Phelps, Kevin Clements is "a great training partner and a wonderful friend." But in the words of Kevin's trainees at SSC Day Clinic, he's an effective coach with a one-of-a-kind training style. He may have earned the official distinction of being the world's third-fastest swimmer in 2003, but at the clinic, Kevin slows down, teaching swimmers different techniques in focused two-hour sessions. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome at the clinics, which can be taken individually or in sequences of five to round out a swimmer's repertoire.
Equipment: Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga, and Restorative Yoga
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, and mat
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to get registered.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Because practicing yoga is always a personal progression, it never gets boring. The more students come, the more they wonder how they survived without yoga in the past. Once they see their strength increase and their anxiety decrease, students come back again and again for more.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical class begins with some easy stretching and builds into a flow-sequence of poses that heats up the body and calms the mind. From here, depending on whatever level the student is, we will work on a series of arm balances, standing balances and core work all to the beat of an eclectic playlist of music. Each class will wind down with some restorative poses finishing in a final savasana, which helps to ground the mind and let the body rest at the very end of class.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Hollywood Power Yoga is a partnership between four teachers who met at another Los Angeles studio a few years ago. Their relationship and passion for a vigorous workout?combined with a shared goal of freeing themselves of the negative aspects of the mind?led them to open this yoga studio.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Hollywood Power Yoga is a growing community of yoga lovers who simply want to improve the quality of their lives through exercise and conscious breathing. It is very much a judgement-free place that focuses on each individual's path to a better self in the midst of a community of people.
A passion for holistic health is in Sue Gisser?s blood. She is the daughter of a nutritionist, and even as a toddler she would go with her mother to yoga classes. She discovered a passion for teaching yoga when she moved to LA and woke up spiritually, but still she wanted more. This passion drove her to develop H2Yoga?a style of aquatic yoga informed by her extensive training in yoga, gymnastics, and physical theatre.
H2Yoga uses dynamic sequences of traditional yoga poses in tandem with water weights and pool noodles to increase each student?s flexibility and fitness. The technique also takes advantage of water?s buoyancy, which reduces the pressure of gravity and facilitates participation for those with physical limitations. In the Lenny K. Swim Academy salt water heated therapy pool, Sue familiarizes students of all levels with her technique through seven class styles. Classes may focus on vinyasa-style yoga, bottom-toning workouts, synchronized breathing and movement, or strength training, which gives students the skills to guard an incarcerated dolphin.
Boot Camp H20 is not your average water-fitness class. In fact, if it were possible to work up a sweat in a pool, this is where it would happen. Each fast-paced, high-intensity, waterlogged workout combines strength and cardio training to build muscle and burn fat quickly. Led by a qualified instructor, these challenging classes—which take place in an indoor pool—incorporate swimming strokes, water polo, modified plyometrics, water aerobics, and strength exercises.
To win his final of four gold medals, champion swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg overcame the odds, which seemed to be stacked against him. During the two years before the 2004 Athens games, he had to undergo both a shoulder surgery and a knee surgery and recover in enough time to compete with the United States in Athens. Due to his determination, he was able to recover, and along with his three relay teammates, he stood atop the podium once more.
Now retired, Krayzelburg created his eponymous swim academy to help kids beat the odds in what might otherwise be dangerous situations by becoming water-safe. Since the company's founding in 2005, Krayzelburg's crew has taught thousands of children how to be safe, proficient swimmers. During group classes, private lessons, and parent-tot sessions, the team uses a seven-level SwimRight method to build proper form. The approach is based on 40 years of swim-instruction techniques, and it graduates students from basic water-safety skills to more advanced strokes.
In addition to the two locations in California, the academy offers lessons at eight partner sites across the country. The Los Angeles academy is located on the premises of the Westside Jewish Community Center within a remodeled aquatic center with two swimming pools, a 90-degree kids' pool, and a lap pool that is kept at a cozy 85 degrees.