A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
Situated along Surfrider Beach and across the street from the famous Malibu Pier, Malibu Surf Shack has been a destination for ocean activities since it first opened its doors in 1972. Crashing waves and surfboard migratory patterns lure instructors to the point-break beach. Here, the pros teach small classes how to shred and duck atop waves. Students can rent boards and other watercraft including kayaks and standup paddleboards to join in on the fun. Inside the retail shop, boards from brands such as Walden and McTavish await their next wave-riding excursions. Malibu Surf Shack's staff demos all of the new and used gear, letting customers try boards or take them to a romantic dinner before making long-term commitments.
Having honed his kitesurfing skills off the beaches of Hawaii and Southern California, both places known for gusty winds and big waves, Daniel Andersson knows all of the ins and outs of the sport. He draws on nearly a decade of teaching experience as the head instructor of Zen Athletics, which also specializes in functional fitness and jeet kune do—Bruce Lee’s combat system. Before he even got into kitesurfing, Daniel mastered several martial arts, studying muay thai and Thai-style boxing at a very early age in Thailand. He brings all of this athletic expertise to bear in his lessons, which are kept private or semiprivate with four people or less to ensure each student gets individual attention.
When smilers want to wear their best-possible grins, they call Dr. Bob Perkins at Smiles in Malibu. In addition to general dentistry, he's an expert in cosmetic treatments, including implant and orthodontic dentistry. Dental aesthetics are Dr. Perkins' passion. In fact, busy though he is—he's also a family man and a skateboarder—he can't even sit down to watch television without thinking about his work. After catching the 2011 season of NBC's The Biggest Loser, he contacted contestant Sunny Sinclair and offered to perfect her smile. Sunny and Dr. Perkins tracked the treatments with their cameras. The resulting film captures Dr. Perkin's artful eye, personal bedside manner, and wealth of experience—not to mention his office's comforts, which include sedation dentistry and mink dental bibs.
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).