Inside a 1,200-square-foot facility, the instructors at Bio-Mechanix prize functional training above all else. In doing so, they pack their schedule with classes that focus on weight loss and posture, calling upon equipment such as Bosu balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands. With safety in mind, they demonstrate how to use this equipment in order to minimize impact and outfit the studio with Pavigym rubber flooring.
Fads, gimmicks, and unnecessary supplements—Active Private Training's founder John fights these fitness scourges off just as hard as his clients fight to get their bodies in shape. With nearly 35 years of experience as a trainer, John's had countless run-ins with get-fit-quick schemes, as well as equipment and supplements that at best are passive, and at worst, harmful. He taught himself to get in shape just out of high school in the 1970s. While he wishes he'd teamed up with a trainer to make the process shorter, his self-taught path led him to believe that the best way to a fit body are free weights, healthful foods, and correct supplements, along with a knowledgeable trainer.
Now John uses his decades of accumulated knowledge to train clients either at his home, their homes, or gyms around the Valley. After discussing the clients' goals, he formulates a fitness program that includes cardio and endurance exercises paired with weightlifting. To help them meet their goals and keep the results long-term, John also formulates nutrition plans, gives advice on different supplements, and recommends eating natural foods.
Steel Barbells' coaching trio brings a variety of backgrounds to their classes, including martial arts, stunt work, and bodybuilding. But all three share a single goal: to help their clients get into the best shape possible. They use the flexible, scalable exercises of CrossFit to concoct new routines each day, challenging students of all ages and ability levels with functional movements, interval cardio workouts, and free weight training.
65-year-old Judith Harris hadn't worked out a day in her life. In her testimonial on CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle's website, she says, "It was with absolute fear that I entered a gym for the first time, knowing I needed help, but not having any idea what to expect." Jessyca Slaymaker, the center's owner and head trainer, worked with her to devise a personalized fitness regimen, then helped her build the confidence to push herself past her preconceived fitness barriers. Today, Judith is down to 5% body fat and can curl a 15-pound dumbbell. "What I am learning from [Jessyca] has impacted my life beyond the gym," she says. "I give her the highest recommendation."
This is just one of the success stories from CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle, where experienced teachers and trainers forge fit bodies in the seasoned and inexperienced alike. For parents with small children, Jessyca and her certified staff host Mommy & Me yoga sessions and the Tiny Jammers music class, which keeps little ones engaged with creative music activities while parents work out. Jessyca calls on her prenatal fitness certification to lead Baby Bump Bootcamp, which keeps expectant mothers healthy and helps stave off the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Naturally, CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle also offers a host of classic fitness classes, leading students through everything from restorative yoga to medicine ball workouts. Morning Mix Flow vinyasa yoga classes help detox the body with vigorous poses and breath work as ballet barre sessions harness the lengthening and strengthening powers of traditional ballet techniques.
Born prematurely, Miguel Novo was told as a child that he would encounter physical challenges and limitations his entire life. He was 13 years old when he decided to prove them wrong. With Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson as inspiration, Miguel began to lift weights, eventually becoming a certified personal trainer to help others overcome their mental and physical obstacles.
Today, Miguel leads intense personal-training fitness programs based on his clients' physical-condition evaluations. He teaches as he trains, infusing the ever-adapting sessions with his fitness and nutrition knowledge to equip students with the tools to lead healthy lives. In addition to the one-on-one sessions, he leads outdoor group boot camps that incorporate cardio endurance exercises and strength training into high-intensity workouts.
Students should bring: Bottle water, towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come with a good attitude and ready to push yourself to a new level of fitness you've never achieved