As a working actress, Judie Aronson was always working out. She moved from one workout modality to the next, but it wasn?t until the fitness devotee came across a fusion of Pilates, cardio, and strength training that she knew she?d found an exercise formula that wasn?t only effective, but engrossing. Wishing to share her discovery with the community without investing in a 20-ton megaphone, Aronson opened her RockIt Body Pilates studio, which garnered a plethora of enthusiastic press, including the accolade of Best Workout Trend and Best Personal Training 2011 from Southbay magazine. She and her team of trainers introduce clients to dynamic, challenging, and fun workout sessions that target a variety of muscles using specialized Pilates equipment.
RockIt Body's two locations, in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, have become successful enough to garner commercial attention from a television camera. Aronson's many clients have included Bill Engvall, who used the studio when preparing for Dancing With the Stars, and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, who is now a trainer at RockIt Body Pilates.
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 Inc. Pilates Studio 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.
At Level 10 Fitness, trainers developed a philosophy around 10 principles—such as get out of your comfort zone, commit to your goals, and let go of programmed limitations—to transform the way clients view fitness and their own bodies. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Meredith Miller opened the gym in the hopes of introducing newcomers to their own unimagined reserves of strength.
Fellow trainers hold collective experience studying exercise physiology at college, as well as training NFL and MLB athletes and playing "Carol of the Bells" on kettlebells. Daily Candy praised the workouts' innovative blend of exercises, writing that they "incorporat[e] computerized resistance machines with good, old-fashioned action like running tractor tires, pulling ship rope, and sprinting." Clientele includes Olympic gold-metal athletes, local volleyball teams, and out-of-shape treadmills.
The Green Yogi's team of certified instructors boasts a wealth of yoga knowledge and a dedication to guiding students through Power Vinyasa classes that earned the eco-friendly studio Southbay magazine's award for best yoga studio in 2011 and 2013. The beautiful storefront space envelopes students with gleaming floors made of FSC lumber, energy-saving lighting, and reclaimed furnishings illuminated with floods of natural sunlight to ward off fitness-minded vampires. Students of all skill levels gather in the relaxing space for power Vinyasa class, where they hone physical and emotional strength and balance. The 75-minute sessions fill the practice space with motivating music as focused downward dogs flow through a dynamic series of postures linked together with deep, mindful breaths.
At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.