Though the Megaformer may sound like a character out of Transformers, it's actually a piece of Pilates equipment. Created by Sebastien Lagree, the apparatus blends classic Pilates movements with cardio and weight training for a full-body workout. It's also what sets Pilates Plus Cycle apart from its competitors. Rather than run in place on a treadmill or perform repetitive dead lifts, members immerse themselves in a fitness practice that quickly tones limbs, strengthens mid-sections, and boosts endurance without putting pressure on their joints. Though they're the centerpiece, the Megaformer classes aren't the only workouts at the fitness haven. Spinning whisks members onto stationary bikes where they change the resistance settings and speed to burn calories and firm up legs.
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.
Orange Family Dentistry?s oral-health professionals believe that dental care is more than brushing and flossing; it?s a valuable personal investment in one's appearance, health, and well-being. To that end, USC School of Dentistry graduate Dr. Jay Berger and his talented team treat teeth with the latest in available technology. Intraoral cameras and digital radiography paint a picture of intermouth issues, and air abrasion, lasers, and bondable aesthetic materials complete renovations of ailing smiles or necklaces made of entirely of molars.
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.
For Chris Bruckner, holistic healing is about more than just pain relief; it’s about helping his clients find complete states of relaxation. Drawing on an acupuncture certification and master’s degree in Chinese medicine, Chris can treat an array of conditions ranging form digestive issues and muscle strain to arthritis and lead foot. Most importantly, Chris strives to restore balance to all the body’s systems by customizing his techniques to the needs of each client.