Total Training Boot Camp shares several key attributes with military-style training, the most obvious of which is an amped-up level of intensity. The differences, however, are just as notable. Trainers never attempt to motivate their students with harsh words and yelling, instead opting to inundate them with positive support. Students need every ounce of encouragement they can get as they struggle through workouts designed to achieve a three-pronged objective: burn fat, sculpt muscles, and improve the quality of daily life.
Each punishing boot-camp session engages the legs, abs, arms, shoulders, and internal hard drive to slenderize the body in as short a time as possible. Total Training Boot Camp's workouts challenge athletes of all levels; their scalable nature and wide appeal helped the company place as a finalist for CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2011. Aside from the flagship boot camps, trainers offer personal-training sessions that customize workouts to specific body types and goals.
OC Dance Studio views dance through dual lenses, both as a path to fitness and a catalyst for mingling. Body barre—a class focused on stretching and toning—sculpts svelte limbs and cores, and cardio dance lessons set to high-octane Latin and techno beats aid weight loss as a personal trainer bolsters calorie burning with personalized workout advice. Alternatively, students can explore movement’s interactive side through social dance classes and studio events, where people can mingle and practice moves such as The Worm or the more social Three Braided Worms.
OC Dance Studio’s panoply of children’s classes complement their adult offerings, building poise and self-confidence in youths aged 3¬–12. Classes span modalities such as hip-hop, tap, and flamenco. During regular dance recitals, students showcase their new skills for friends, family, and talent scouts for So You Think You Can Dance Before You Can Vote. The studio’s shoe showroom outfits dancers of all ages for courses, stocking kicks handpicked by the staff for niche styles such as Latin and ballroom dance.
When an ankle injury ended Brittany Freeman's rising ballet career at age 18, she refused to let it dampen her enthusiasm for dance in general. Instead, she devoted her time to devising a fitness system that combined ballet-like stretches, Pilates, resistance training, isometric movements, and body-weight exercises to create an innovative and engaging workout regimen. This regimen is widely taught at her fitness studio—Tone Barre—which features sprung maple floors intended to minimize any strain that the low-impact workouts place on the joints. In addition to the muscle-toning and waistline-slimming Tone Barre sessions, the studio's instructors also lead high-intensity Tabata classes that provide a complete workout by incorporating interval cardio work.
Citizen of the world Pieter Elsen was born and raised in The Netherlands, but his thirst for spiritual knowledge eventually took him to India, where he lived for more than a decade as a Vedic monk. Pieter's journey of self-discovery later led him to the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, where he earned a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and learned how to unlock the power of the subconscious mind. Today, he relies on hypnosis to help his clients overcome fears, kick bad habits, and beat all of their friends in staring contests.
Sports and physical fitness has always been a part of Charles Vosough’s life. He plays tennis, basketball, football, and volleyball. During a tenure in the United States Air Force, he served as the physical training director for a squadron of airmen. And now, as a certified personal trainer, he helps clients tackle their fitness goals, from dropping pounds to prepping for a marathon. He happily travels to clients’ homes or favorite bus stop for a more convenient workout session.
Elite Fitness Zone’s certified trainers are walking examples of how hard work at the gym pays off. Many of them participate in bodybuilding competitions, and they specialize in helping clients with body sculpting, weightlifting, sports conditioning, building endurance, and proper nutrition. Racks upon racks of weights and a bundle of weight machines pump up muscles, and walls lined with mirrors allow you to watch your form and make sure your shadow is keeping up with reps.