Old, tired, and done: these words are banished from Martha Weinstein's vocabulary. The energetic 87-year-old's career, which includes hosting makeover shows in Buenos Aires, recording a fitness album in the 1950s, and penning skincare encyclopedias in the 1970s, adds evidence to the adage that you are as young as you feel. She brings this belief to Body Allure Day Spa, an intimate beauty haven.
Here, Weinstein and her skilled staffers—who nicknamed her "The Oracle of Brentwood"—employ anti-aging facials and signature skincare services, detoxifying body treatments, and soothing lullabies to foster youthful complexions. But the real rejuvenating secret on the menu is the facial toning treatment, which Weinstein invented herself. This painless, 30-minute service utilizes nanocurrent technology, which works to stimulate cellular activity while strengthening facial muscles and firming sagging skin. Weinstein also created the Stay Young System, which allows her clients to perform the treatment in the privacy of their own homes or carpool lanes.
From the first time they met, Melissa Snyder and Kathy Regester dreamed of opening their own physical therapy clinic together. Seven years later, that dream became reality. At The Balance Center, the pair of exercise physiologists blend Eastern and Western medicine to provide holistic healthcare services. A licensed acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Melissa soothes conditions from postpartum depression to musculoskeletal injuries. Kathy uses her experience with Pilates, yoga, and exercise rehabilitation to design customized fitness programs for clients. The rest of their team of healers includes a yoga therapist, a chiropractic doctor, and massage therapist. They work together in perfect harmony to reset injured or ailing bodies.
Ocean Mist Yoga's seasoned instructors have practiced in such far-flung locales as Hawaii and a Buddhist temple in Thailand to hone the skills necessary to guide students of all skill levels through yoga styles such as Hatha and Vinyasa. The team harnesses their eclectic experiences to lead patrons toward yoga's natural benefits, such as stress relief and weight management. Amid the naturally tranquil seaside at Pacific Palisades Park or the glossy environs of their studio, they host sunrise sessions that wake up students' bodies, and power-yoga sessions that effortlessly weave alignment with philosophy. On Friday evenings, instructors line their studio with candles to further foster a peaceful atmosphere and set the stage for ghost stories.
Aided by dozens of trainers, Pilates Plus West LA hosts classes seven days a week, making use of modified Pilates machines called Proformers to lengthen stretches and deepen core engagement. The machines line the walls of the stone-floored studio, where potted plants add a touch of natural beauty to the pristine white walls and provide cover during water-balloon fights with rival gyms.
Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Music thumps through LA Dancefit Studio as groups of dancers performing energetic choreography shimmy their way to toned physiques through heart-friendly cardio workouts. The enthusiastic instructors lead groups of all fitness levels through high-energy dance-fitness classes, inspiring hips to shake through Latin-inspired Zumba or helping tighten cores in body-sculpt classes. Instructors also lead traditional dance classes in the styles of ballet, ballroom, and hokey pokey, getting students ready for wedding receptions or living versions of Dancing with the Stars.