At the helm of Equilibrium Fitness' studio is Annabelle Rosemurgy, an equestrian and former Olympic athlete whose performances required enough core strength to pull off a handstand atop her horse during competitions. In her studio, she helms a team of certified instructors that leads a host of amped up Pilates routines and RealRyder indoor cycling classes.
Fifty five-minute SPX Pilates classes initiate novices into the intense practice, designed to keep on incinerating calories hours after the sessions end. The studio’s bread and butter, however, are the SPX and Systeme Dynamique classes—variations on the Pilates method—that use circuit training to target extra weight in the hips and thighs and isolate muscle groups all over the body to sculpt, tone, burn fat, and increase flexibility. Even the studio's indoor cycling sessions target core muscles, strengthen the upper body, and torch calories, getting legs pumping on RealRyder bikes that allow riders to steer and lean, simulating the real cycling experience of avoiding potholes and the maneating Sarlaccs that live inside them.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Machines and hybrids line the room. Their creator, the mad scientist of fitness Amy (Sowers) Jordan, has transformed her passion for Pilates and a flair for engineering into the newest incarnation of the Pilates reformer, called the WundaFormer. The patented design combines a Pilates reformer, Wunda Chair, jump board, and ballet barre into a muscle-toning juggernaut that Amy uses in her intense, fast-paced workouts. Obsessed with efficiency, Amy designed the sessions to target as many muscles as possible in the shortest amount of time.
After creating the innovative machine, she took her show on the road, opening studios to showcase what the muscle-sculpting apparatus could do. She now helms a passionate group of certified instructors who lead small groups of 10 guests at a time through the routine.
Glendale Chiro Care's treatment center feels more like a day spa than a medical office. Warm yellow walls lit with soft ceiling lights guide patients to the front desk, where a friendly staff member sits surrounded by therapeutic products, wood-stained furniture, and electric guitars. Relaxation is paramount in the treatment rooms, where Doctor of Chiropractic Gassia Titizian eases any anxieties about her methods before she and her staff ease bodily stresses with acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition-counseling, and massage treatments. They tend to patients of all ages, including children and those who've just given birth or swallowed an entire watermelon.
Glenoaks Laser Center?s skilled technicians zap away signs of aging with four advanced laser systems and use Obagi skincare products to keep exteriors healthy. The heated beams of the Candela GentleLase system remove unwanted hair from any skin type, and the built-in cooling system keeps skin comfortable. The crystals floating through the SmartPeel microdermabrasion machine gently exfoliate the face as two built-in antiviral filters keep out bacteria and bellybutton lint trying to relocate to the chin. Glenoaks Laser Center prides itself on using advanced technology and creating a spa-like atmosphere through chic furnishings and elegant decor.
California Dental Group’s trained staffers specialize in areas ranging from cosmetic dentistry to orthodontia, and attend continuing-education sessions to ensure that their tooth-wrangling skills stay up-to-date. Preventive-care experts show patients how to practice good cleaning habits at home and avoid losing any teeth that could be cashed in with adult tooth fairies for a handful of state-lottery tickets.