During a video feature for Warp Factor 2, Vanessa Giorgio summed up the problem that led to her studio's creation: "I couldn't get my spinners to calm down, and I couldn't get my yoga students to hype up." The personal trainer founded Lotus Kitty Yoga and Power Cycling to hybridize the two workouts, thereby creating a rounded fitness regimen for the body and mind.
Inside the studio, her power-cycling instructors contribute vigorous cardio work during their 45-minute classes. They prompt riders to pedal at varying resistances, which mimic outdoor conditions such as hills and fields full of prairie-dog holes, then end each lesson with sit-ups and pushups. Yoga teachers lead posing sequences that change weekly to prevent muscle boredom. They are often designed to address the tightness and stress that accompany power cycling.
Yoga isn't the only thing that Lotus Kitty's instructors combine with power cycling. Classes pair the cycling workouts with the body-sculpting suspension training of TRX, add a muscle-toning triple threat of Barre, and light resistance training, and fuse together many others of the studio's seven routines. The philosophy is simple: keep the body challenged and the mind intrigued. The constant change in workout tempos motivate participants to continue with their training. In the popular cycling/yoga class, athletes balance their fitness yin and yangs by mixing the cardio intensity of spinning with the calming, lengthening benefits of yoga. Students can also forgo power cycling altogether and engage in a pure form of TRX, Barre, or yoga. In addition to its group curriculum, the studio hosts private training sessions.
The first beads of sweat form on the cyclist's hairline, and he quickly wipes them away before leaning back down and gripping the bike’s handlebars. His feet move at an incredible speed, rapidly spinning the two wheels around an imaginary river bend and then struggling against the resistance of a simulated hill. At Blazing Saddles Indoor Cycling, spinners of all fitness levels pedal specially designed stationary bikes to the beat of a high-octane soundtrack. During 45- to 60-minute classes, participants build their strength and stamina while burning calories to whip into shape or train for an upcoming cycling race or penny farthing journey up to ye olde mill and back.
Erin, a certified group fitness trainer and master personal trainer, created her own workouts geared toward resistance training, stability ball exercise, dance, and specific muscle-conditioning programs. For a time, her pound-dropping moves were on display with a show on NBC’s Exercises TV on Demand. She now offers her skills in a group setting and during personal-training sessions, and helps kids stay in shape with a specialty program geared toward them. All her classes are for men and women and held in rooms that are either glow-in-the-dark or dark with colored lights, creating a party atmosphere.
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.
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
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.