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The certified instructors at Pilates Sculpt Studio forge strong muscles and mind-body connections through the system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates, the son of two gymnasts, devoted his lifetime to studying fitness. He eventually developed his signature Pilates method as a way to help heal old injuries and correct poor postures. His exercises and stretches, using the body as resistance, are especially useful for people who sit at their desks all day or sleep on lava rocks at night.

302 North 1st Avenue
Arcadia,
CA
US

Equipment: _Precor Cardio, Hoist and Technogym. Battle ropes, heavy bags, and TRX
Students should bring: Towel, yoga mats if needed, water bottle
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 2011
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

Q&A with Joe Gerety, President

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
First by offering them a non-intimidating atmosphere. We also offer a free orientation to every new member and over 50% off our personal training starter packs to help increase a person's chances of success. I have personally seen a much higher rate of success when a new member starts out using a good personal trainer. A good certified trainer will help you avoid injuring yourself, keep you accountable and motivated, help you select good food choices by designing a healthy meal plan, and keep you on a path to success through their expertise and experience while having fun.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
I have seen quite a few people lose between 100 to 200 pounds and make some amazing transformations. I have also seen clients gain significant amounts of muscle while losing body fat, but if I had to pick one I would pick a trainer who works at World Gym. He recently decided to enter a men's physique competition and weighed around 240 pounds and needed to drop at least 40. He trained very hard and became very serious about his diet. After four months he had dropped over 50 pounds and looked fantastic with 5% body fat. Through the process he had great energy and never got moody because he was still able to eat a good amount of food while shedding the pounds.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are also a smaller neighborhood type gym that has people from all walks of life. We are never overcrowded and you never have to sign up for treadmills like some of the bigger box clubs.

1838 E Route 66
Glendora,
CA
US

Established: 1983
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Bulldog Gym, Inc.'s forest of free weights and jungle of gym equipment may look familiar, but it's the gym's invisible assets that make it exceptional. The on-site trainers—who specialize in working with teenage athletes—help members put together personalized workout, drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the forever-evolving fitness industry. Though they start by helping their clients determine what their output should be, they also extend their coaching to input. They construct customized diets designed to give each individual the right combination of nutrients to reach their personal goals, such as finally breaking through the food pyramid.

757 E Arrow Hwy
Glendora,
CA
US

When you walk into Mirror Image Fitness, you might wonder if you've accidentally wandered into a swanky living room. A far cry from the typical big-box gym atmosphere, the intimate fitness club welcomes guests with soft lamplight and a stone fireplace. The walls are decorated with framed artwork and black-and-white damask wallpaper, which, along with rich wood furniture, lends the space a cozy, home-like vibe. Walking in, you might find a DJ spinning tunes or a throng of members relaxing on the white leather sofas in the lounge area before a class or a personal-training session. Potted trees and plants flank the sun-drenched cardio machines, making the workout feel like a peaceful jog along a nature trail or through David Attenborough’s limousine.

The club is the brainchild of Derek Norman, who learned about discipline and motivation while going through training camp with the San Diego Chargers. Norman's fitness philosophy promotes the unique needs and goals of each member as well as the skills of his trainers, whose specialties range from yoga to boxing.

1139 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena,
CA
US

Accompanied by pounding music, a positively voltaic instructor, and atmospheric lighting, spinning pushes your legs, your abs, and your heart with zero joint impact and a low chance of boredom. In a fun, fast, group environment, you'll gain both the benefit of communal support and the anonymity of the herd—the same advantages enjoyed by the perpetually lithe dik dik pygmy antelope.

266 Monterey Rd
South Pasadena,
CA
US

A triathlete since 2004, Brandon Hament knows cycling's physical rigors and benefits firsthand. At The Cycle Annex - the indoor cycling facility Brandon has run since 2007 - his crew of instructors imbue beginners with pedal-pumping confidence at introductory sessions during which pupils first familiarize themselves with their bike before hopping on and burning calories. For cycling students of all levels, Brandon's team lead more intensive workouts such as the Ultimate 90, a combination of core and strength training that segues into an hour of riding. An abdominal workout on yoga mats follows cycling during AB 20 sessions, while interval cycling gives way to running and stretching during brick workouts. In between exercises, guests can hydrate with complementary gulps of The Cycle Annex's oxygenated, filtered water.

807 'B' Meridian Ave
South Pasadena,
CA
US