A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
During her previous career as an interior designer, Dream To Be Fit owner Taryn Landberg spruced up rooms with an eye for artistry and a head for detail. Now a certified personal trainer, she applies the same dedication to form and function when renovating human physiques. When not busy plotting rigorous workouts and personalized nutritional programs for clients of all shapes, sizes, and ages, Taryn and her well-rounded team of trainers lead one-hour morning boot-camp fitness classes that shun routine to keep minds and muscles energized. She also stocks Dream To Be Fit's three locations with stimulating equipment that makes for creative exercises, inviting exercisers to torch calories by crawling through a foam pit, performing pull-ups on gymnastics rings, or shouting at a video of themselves ordering a pizza.
Jonathan DePaz doesn’t waltz through life—he glides. Whether portraying Aladdin in Disney on Ice or leading skating-inspired fitness classes at DePaz Energie Fitness Center, he channels his energy into smooth, athletic movements that captivate others. Filled with motions that mimic speed skaters, figure skaters, and breakdancing zambonis, his signature Skatergie workouts raise heart rates as they sculpt the core and glutes. His other love, martial arts, informs CardioKick routines, which melt calories and stress with punches and kicks. DePaz also helms one-on-one training sessions, which can help clients become slimmer, stronger, and stretchier.
James Deirmendjian had a decorated career as a brazilian jujitsu practitioner, winning martial-arts competitions and teaching submission grappling. He's parlayed that success into opening Fight Fit Training, where he helps clients get fit through boxing and kickboxing training, kettlebell workouts, and traditional lifting.
The classes at Agoura Fitness blur the line between dancing, exercising, and rehearsing jabs in the boxing ring. Instructors lead a wide variety of courses designed to burn calories, many of which are set to upbeat music. Zumba routines pull from Latin dance styles for a cardio workout, whereas TaeRobics sync martial arts drills with energizing beats. Yoga classes take a slower approach to wellness with balanced poses and stretches. Other classes on the curriculum include boot camp, interval training, boxing, and Extreme Cycling—a better way to make stationary biking fun than repeatedly asking "are we there yet?"
The gym is also stocked with free weights and cardio equipment, and visitors can take advantage of these with the help of a personal trainer, or during solo workouts as early as 4:30 a.m. on weekdays.
Time 4 Class’s owner, Sandra Rieback, began dancing at age 7, but her career was cut short due to a debilitating back injury. Unable to keep away from the studio, she took matters into her own hands and got certified to teach fitness classes and work as a personal trainer. Shortly thereafter, Sandra opened her own studio, and she was once again immersed in the electrifying energy of group classes. Now, along with a team of instructors, Sandra leads classes for adults that range from cardio Zumba classes and yoga to boxing, boot camps, personal training, and nutrition counseling. Unlike those fitness classes that meet inside R-rated movies, kids can also join the fun with classes such as ballet, kids Zumba, and musical theater.