During his childhood in West Africa, Amen Iseghohi learned life lessons from two main sources: his grandmother and the tires in his backyard. His grandmother taught him that the spiritual and physical are intertwined, and his workouts with tires supported her theory. By persevering when their weight exhausted him, he learned the importance of soldiering on even when a task seemed impossible, a lesson that has stayed with him through his workouts and beyond.
Nowadays, at his Phoenix and Manhattan Beach fitness studios, Amen imparts these same lessons to Americans with minimalist workouts that are accessorized only by his childhood nemesis: tires. These particular tires, which are meticulously cleaned, build strength, speed, flexibility, and balance, as well as teach the most important skill of all—the ability to defend yourself against on out-of-control tire swing. Amenzone Fitness also offers the opportunity for fitness fans to join the Training Tour for LIfe, hitting cities across Southwest including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, and Chandler. The Training for LIfe tour hosts fitness events featuring DJ-spun music, back-to-the-basics workouts, and opportunities to give to the Amenzone Foundation, supporting the fight against childhood obesity.
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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.
Learning to paint, draw, or sculpt can be an intimidating venture without the right guidance. Luckily for students at Manhattan Beach Art Department, an experienced staff with backgrounds in fashion drawing, illustration, sculpture, and landscape painting leads fledgling creators of all ages through informative, interactive sessions. Under the instructors’ tutelage, youngsters build artistic confidence through hands-on classes, teens tackle design concepts with textiles, and families attend workshops where they express their mixed feelings about the level of their dinner conversation.