In the middle of Olympic Optics, an eyewear-filled island beckons to guests with rows of gently illuminated shades. Dozens of brands line the glass cases, ranging from affordable Sunclouds to high-end offerings from makers such as Police, Givenchy, Versace, and Spy.
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.
Friends since college, Fit On founders Franca Stadvec and Angela Bennett, are former athletes and fitness enthusiasts who 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.
During indoor cycling sessions, guests climb onto adjustable Schwinn bikes to burn fat and clear their minds by focusing solely on their workout. 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.
Before Hank Greenberg helped other people with massage therapy, he helped his partner, Durek, who suffered from kidney failure for more than a decade until his transplant in 2012. Through this transformative experience, Hank found his calling. Now, Hank performs restorative and preventive massage therapy at his private practice, aptly named Calm Body. His treatments include a variety of modalities, such deep tissue, reflexology, and myofascial release, all of which are bolstered by his time spent studying anatomy and physiology. Through these services he aims to thwart chronic pain and tension and improve the flow of blood and patients' ranges of motion. Hank also makes house calls within South Bay, which helps clients relax at home or while camping on their roof.
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 six weeks) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. My Gym offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, five-and-a-half- to eight-year-olds mastering sports and gymnastics skills. Schedules and class options vary by location; click here to see the Beverly Hills lineup.
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.