The certified personal trainers at AbsClubLA help clients of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals with custom-tailored workout regimens. They motivate exercisers to shed pounds for confidently hitting the beach, build strength and flexibility for adeptly tackling everyday physical activities, and up their endurance for conquering a race. To get a grasp on each client's abilities, the trainers conduct an initial 10-point evaluation, which they use to create a personal-training plan and a nutrition roadmap that only seldom detours into Chocolate Lagoon.
In addition to one-on-one fitness training, the center hosts group fitness classes, including cardio dance, and completes bodily transformations with myriad spa services such as teeth whitening and tanning.
For most, the season finale of American Idol is little more than a bump in excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday evening. However, for Marco Reed, the end of the singing competition is only the beginning of his job?it?s the renowned trainer?s cue to ready the winning singer for tour with his expert workout and nutrition routines, some of which have been featured in Self, Fitness, and omg! from Yahoo!.
At his studio, Get Beyond Fit, Marco helps both his celebrity and noncelebrity clients reach their fitness and weight-loss goals with one-on-one and group training sessions. He motivates exercisers through circuit-style cardio and resistance exercises, dance, and kickboxing, and guides them to better eating with his book The 3+1 Diet, which not only outlines eight weeks of healthy eating, but also smells like cardiovascular strength. Basing his regime on ?four pillars of health??movement, thought, connection, and stillness?Marco stresses the importance of regular meditation and a healthy support system.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Behind the large garage door and inside a building that looks as if it formerly held an auto repair shop (which it likely did), the hardcore workout addicts of West Los Angeles’ Golden State CrossFit put themselves through a battery of exercises in pursuit of better health and fitness. The stripped-down gym space substitutes barbells for Nautilus machines and medicine balls for treadmills; any running you’ll be doing at Golden State takes place through the neighborhood. The focus here is on Olympic-style weightlifting and bodyweight exercises like squats and push-ups, rather than complex movements and loads of equipment. Hour-long group workouts are designed to both build muscle and increase endurance, all while being motivated by fellow gym rats and trainers who both instruct and motivate.
The workout gurus of Sweat City Fitness, formerly known as Performance Science Training Institute, found their approach to exercise in what they call the Cardio Resistance Core system. Every workout addresses each area—building cardio endurance, enhancing strength with resistance exercises, or tightening the abdomen with core work. However, each portion of the regimen can be approached in myriad ways, creating great variety within workouts that still lead cohesively toward concrete goals, such as the ability to smash a block of concrete.
By combining CrossFit workouts and self-defense programs under the same roof, A4 Fitness hopes to provide a broad range of opportunities for clients seeking to bolster their overall wellbeing or master a new set of skills. Each CrossFit session combines elements of weight lifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity interval training. The ever-changing nature of the workouts challenges attendees to push their limits and improve their endurance, strength, and balance over time. Martial arts lessons, meanwhile, draw from an eclectic array of styles; visitors can learn to perform the knee and elbow strikes of muay thai, the nimble footwork of traditional boxing, or the practical self-defense techniques of anything from jiu jitsu to tae kwon do.
Above all else, the gym's staff members emphasize safety. To that end, they keep class sizes small?roughly one instructor for every six students?which ensures that they can continually monitor everyone's technique while providing corrections, suggestions, and celebratory bear hugs when needed.