Though the Megaformer may sound like a character out of Transformers, it's actually a piece of Pilates equipment. 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.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists may burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the one-month trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Burgess Meredith (all three subject to availability).
Melanie Meunier loves to dance. She first fell in love with Zumba, the dance-fitness class, more than seven years ago and was quick to become certified as an instructor so she could share her passion with others. Today, she and her team of expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through a variety of effective and entertaining fitness classes. Meunier and her team supplement the Zumba and Zumba Toning classes with RIPPED classes, which provide intense interval-training workouts, and Koga classes, which combine kickboxing and yoga.
So Cal X Fit trainers Luis Briseno and Michael Jauregui get exercisers into shape during engaging boot-camp classes. These workouts incorporate myriad forms of resistance, from battle ropes and Prowler sleds to TRX suspension training tools and over-sized tires from Paul Bunyan's childhood tricycle. To complement the workouts, So Cal X Fit also provides body wraps and nutritional counseling.
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.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Live at Universal City Walk and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.