Classes at Bokwa Fitness strive to be letter-perfect. Set to energetic pop music, the fitness classes don't require students to learn choreography or count steps. Instead, instructors structure dance moves around letters and numbers, which groups pretend to draw with their feet. This allows students of all ages and fitness levels to immediately jump in and move to the music.
The founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate and Villari Martial Arts, Grandmaster Frederick Villari is a 12th-degree blackbelt—the highest rank one can achieve. His style blends Japanese and Chinese martial arts with Western boxing, resulting in a fighting system that helps students employ practical self-defense tactics. The system is also rooted in peace and harmony, leading students to also develop life skills such as discipline, respect, and confidence. Grandmaster Villari has been teaching for more than 40 years, and his style has spread to more than 500 schools that currently teach the method.
The fitness coaches at Apollo Boot Camp are dedicated to one thing: helping their clients look and feel great. This means they don’t endorse starvation diets or promote painful and miserable workouts. Instead, instructors devise upbeat boot camps for groups, personalize training programs for individuals, and concoct healthy and fulfilling nutritional plans for everyone. They also cater specific programs to the elderly or to youths who are battling obesity.
At Fortanasce & Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, an experienced team of doctors of physical therapy, exercise scientists, and massage therapists help clients get into the best shape of their lives. The 11,000 square-foot facility works with the young, old, injured, or healthy through services such as physical and occupational therapy, personal training and Pilates, and industrial rehabilitation. An onsite, in-ground pool lets clients to exercise without stressing their joints, catering to the elderly as well as pregnant women who want to alleviate back pain and teach their babies to speak to fish. A troupe of massage therapists administer deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu treatments, while hand therapists cater specifically to problems in the wrist, fingers, elbows, and shoulders.
The colorful space that makes up Fitness Revolution Pasadena—think purple floors and walls in bright blue, grey, and white—provides ample room for small and large group personal-training classes. Participants uses exercise balls, kettlebells, resistance bands, and wooden blocks to help burn calories, tone muscles, and increase their flexibility. Guiding each group through a workout is husband-wife team Joseph and April Hawthorne. They also readily dispense their wisdom on nutrition and which Power Ranger had the best high kick.
It’s telling that the motto at Tara Napoli’s Power Yoga is “Love your life.” From mellow, restorative yoga classes to fun buti yoga classes. And of course, there’s the power yoga, where students connect breath to movements doing athletic, Vinyasa-style yoga. They’ll definitely break a sweat, and also enjoy calming benefits of resting poses and inversions.