The Yoga Loft specializes in Vinyasa flow discipline, a blend of Iyengar and Ashtanga that balances movements and breaths for optimum om. Impassioned and experienced instructors remix pliable poses during an array of yoga classes, taking all levels of yogi from the beginner poses to intense flows peppered with advanced postures and inversions. Invigorate cubicle-bound bodies in the lunchtime power hour flow, or practice meditative beatboxing the hip-hop flow class. Meanwhile, the Kundalini yoga class merges the peanut butter of the body, the jelly of the mind, and the hungry toddler mouth of the soul in alignment-focused exercises. The Yoga Loft offers 40 classes a week in their sun-drenched studio, which overlooks the waves of the ocean and Manhattan Beach Pier; check the website for more class descriptions and times.
Unlimited Fitness offers its clients personalized training in lively small-group settings. The trainers welcome 8–10 clients to attend each of their 55-minute sessions, which take place multiple times a day and require reservations. Because they place a cap on the number of students in attendance, the trainers can easily customize exercise routines to suit everyone’s particular fitness goals, skills, and number of extra arms.
Besides trainers equipped with all the fitness knowledge needed to whip clients into shape, the gym comes fully stocked with everything from ellipticals and stationary bikes to resistance bands and medicine balls.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient. My Gym also welcomes parents to come, relax and have fun, keeping a kids-music-free atmosphere.
After years spent volunteering for nonprofit fundraisers, Fit On founders Franca Stadvec and Angela Bennett understood the power of people coming together for a shared purpose. When that purpose became supporting each other in their journey toward better fitness, Fit On Studios came into being. The studio hosts intimate group classes to maintain a supportive atmosphere in a space illuminated by picture windows and vibrant earth tones.
During cycling sessions, guests climb onto adjustable Schwinn bikes to burn fat and clear their minds by focusing solely on their workout and the inspirational bumper stickers on the bike in front of them. The center also focuses on joint-friendly exercise, such as barre classes that use low-impact, focused movements to tone lean muscles and improve balance, and TRX suspension training that builds strength by leveraging the body’s own weight.
Tracy Coe established Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics in 2003, drawing on her career experience in medical conditioning and physical therapy to forge a Pilates studio that aims for overall wellness. Aboard specialized machines, including TRX equipment, the Reformer, Combo Chair, and Cadillac, the staff of certified teachers leads exercises suitable for all ages. Breathing work syncs up with movement techniques to increase strength and harness balance and flexibility. All of the customizable, full-body workouts can adapt to different body types for a customized workout, with specific classes tailored toward experienced athletes, newbies, expectant mothers, and those rehabilitating from injuries. Nutritional-guidance appointments based on customized Quantum Nutrition programs identify harmful habits such as fire eating to reshape both lifestyles and physiques.
The talented technicians at Blazing Trails Media leapfrog between the worlds of photography, videography, Photoshop, and video editing. Artists snap intimate family portraits and arresting headshots, as well as wedding photos and promotional photos for small businesses. Blazing Trails Media staff also can collaborate with clients on graphics-design projects, or help edit and shape home-movie clips into a cohesive documentary on who actually won that hotly contested game of Scrabble.