XTC Gym combines classic martial-arts training with a touch of something more lyrical. Instructors teach kickboxing, jujitsu, tae kwon do, and muay thai boxing, but also the Brazilian dance/fighting hybrid capoeira and aerial fitness. Accordingly, punching bags and swinging hoops alike hang from the ceiling of the brightly lit, 6,500-square-foot space, requiring that front-desk staff keep watch for monkeys trying to sneak in. An impressive weight room complements regimens of cardio kickboxing or boot-camp classes.
In a spinning class, the goal is simple: pedal as much as you can. This an easy goal to achieve at PEDAL Spin, thanks to classes that combine energizing music and visuals to make riding a stationary bike even more fun than the real thing. Different instructors inject their own personalities into their classes, ensuring that no two workouts are quite the same. But regardless of who's leading them, spinning classes always boost the heart rate, build strength in the core and legs, and provide an excuse to break out the ol' riding hat.
Owners Elaine Miller and Narina Minassian started All About You! Wellness BootCamp to make a difference in people's lives. Through various strength-training and cardio workouts, flexibility exercises, and nutritional counseling, they help clients boost metabolisms and satisfaction levels. A passionate team of trainers personalizes workouts with adjustments and words of encouragement to motivate each participant. Dedicated to maintaining relationships with their guests, the trainers take attendance and contact each no-show to offer doses of encouragement and to keep them accountable to their fitness goals. Minassian also provides guests with nutrition plans, offering tips and healthy recipes to help them adopt a lifestyle of total wellness.
Head coach and founder of LA BeachFit Adam Thurtell believes that while CrossFit is an excellent workout, there are things that could be better. He set out to improve on CrossFit, and the result was LA BeachFit: an effective fusion of boot-camp-style training and CrossFit that he believes will appeal to more of his clients. Each one of Adam's outdoor small-group fitness sessions is different, incorporating strength training, cardio, and drills to burn calories and build lean muscle rapidly. Trainees shed fat as they train together in these laid-back yet challenging exercise sessions.
Throughout the day, Fitness For Life’s dance studio fills with upbeat music. One hour it’s classical, folk, and funk during Bollywood class, and the next it’s Polynesian drumbeats and reggae during Hot Hula class. This varied selection of music is needed to create the appropriate mood for the studio’s equally varied selection of dance-fitness classes, which includes yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. And in addition to being entertaining and expressive, the group workouts are also effective. They are designed to improve the body as a whole, which means developing cardio, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, flexibility, and the ability to taste protein in marshmallows. The studio also offers personal training and a relaxing lounge area with free Wi-Fi, apples, and lemon water.
As a Marine, Mu’ammar Salamae found the strength to hike 25 miles at high elevations weighed down with 80 pounds of gear and swim for six hours from shoreline to island and back with only a 5-minute break in the middle. He wanted everyone to have similar adventures and feel the same sense of accomplishment, so he started Urban LA Boot Camp to share the training techniques that transformed him.
Mu’ammar’s all-outdoor group exercise program runs the gamut from ballet-barre exercise to muay thai kickboxing. On the weekends, he leads endurance runs and hikes, in which participants learn what it’s like to carry heavy gear or an injured sasquatch long distances. He and his instructors also provide one-on-one personal-training sessions and self-defense-focused courses.