Malibu Gym is one of the largest gyms in Malibu, and its certified instructors and trainers are dedicated to helping clients meet their fitness goals. Group classes include offerings such as boot camp and spinning, and the top-of-the-line equipment includes cardio and weight machines from brands such as Star Trac and Hammer Strength. There’s a steam room and spa onsite, as well as a lounge area with snacks and available childcare.
Pilates Plus has brought the SPX fitness class's high-intensity blend of traditional Pilates and modern weight training to media outlets from the TV Guide channel to Shape magazine. At each 40- to 55-minute group session, Pilates pros show students how to cultivate strength, stamina, and prize-winning roses with a ProFormer machine, which works upper- and lower-body muscles through a system of springs and pulleys. Although old-school routines such as pushups and lunges tone the body, support from the ProFormer machine keeps pressure off the joints and spine so elbows don't go on strike in the middle of putting a warthog in a headlock. The Pilates component of the workout lengthens and enhances posture while keeping heart rates up and burning calories.
An airy, hardwood-floored studio sets a serene scene for Pilates classes with Kathy Moses. The instructor boasts 11 years of Pilates experience, which she calls upon while leading both group and private lessons. Her specialty is reformer classes, which, like dead-lifting a typewriter, use a machine to assist with fitness. Kathy helps foster an upbeat environment at the studio, leading students through core-strengthening exercises while maintaining a positive attitude.
The long-running hit reality show The Biggest Loser has portrayed its contestants' intense physical and emotional challenges as they strive to shed pounds and reorganize their lifestyle choices. Season winners invariably emerge from the competition sporting a completely reshaped physique, often 100–150 pounds lighter than when they started. Cultivating a commitment to strict exercise and nutritional regimens is at the core of The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, Malibu, winner of Spa magazine's 2011 Reader's Choice Award for Best Weight-Loss Spa, as well as the No. 1 ranking in Spas of America's Top 100 Spas of 2011.The resort's weight-loss program blends exercise, healthy meals, and lifestyle seminars into a daily schedule that begins at 6 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Certified personal trainers jump-start mornings with hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, with varied terrain that allows for routes tailored to every fitness level. Nutritious, low-calorie meals—designed by registered dieticians and prepared under the direction of Culinary Institute of America graduate Rodolfo Reyes—fuel additional exercise throughout the day, ranging from water aerobics to kickboxing to mental challenges. In between endorphin blasts, groups attend lectures on weight training and nutrition education, including food-label reading and how to turn old pizza boxes into an obstacle course.At the end of the week, trainers record each guest's weight and measurements and note their progress. Guests constantly support one another, encouraging others to push farther than they thought they could go. This intense shared experience helps participants stick with a healthier lifestyle after the program's conclusion. To reward a day of hard work, the resort's spa administers massages, acupunctures and facials (for an additional fee).
Instructor Jodi Conroy embraced The Bar Method lifestyle while learning from and eventually teaching under its creator, Burr Leonard. Jodi then opened her own franchises in an effort to acquaint more Californians with The Bar Method's signature mix of interval training, isometric exercises, dance-conditioning moves, and low-impact techniques gleaned from physical therapy. During routines, patrons unfurl legs and stretch spines into balance-affirming positions, often utilizing a ballet bar for leverage rather than anchoring legs in recycled Christmas-tree stands. The muscle-lengthening workouts build stamina while streamlining physiques and have garnered praise from such celebrities as Drew Barrymore and Anna Paquin. The Santa Barbara Independent has commended Jodi's "clean and pleasant" Santa Barbara studio, as well as its "personable and funny instructors [who] do an excellent job of supporting each student."
Part of Therapy Services Plus and named for its location above it, Yoga Upstairs elevates visitors’ spirits and fitness levels with accessible Hatha- and Iyengar-style yoga classes, as well as basic, gentle, and Vinyasa flows. Sunlight warms the bamboo floor of the practice space as seasoned teachers demonstrate movements to help strengthen muscles and center minds. Iyengar class instructors walk students through routines to open joints and cultivate stamina, and students perform restorative-yoga routines to melt stress with gentle stretches and breaths deeper than a bass solo inside a moon crater. In addition to posing on mats, students can visit the studio’s four-panel yoga wall, where sturdy straps assist inverted moves and other advanced body-weight exercises without risking injury. Like a medieval castle’s daycare center, many classes incorporate blankets, blocks, and sandbags, which help students hold their poses as they hone their alignment.