Dr. Weightloss Clinics assists patrons in shedding up to two pounds a week through exercise and meal plans customized around foods of their choice and individual weight-loss goals. During one-hour body assessments, clients discuss dietary history as specialists record body mass and blood pressure, all culminating in a carefully crafted program based on individual goals. The Intelligent Prescriptive Nutrition program, which Canadian bodybuilding champion John Cardillo dreamt up while bench-pressing a refrigerator in his sleep, grants clients 42 balanced meals a week. Each meal is crafted with client tastes and caloric requirements in mind. Specialists lead two one-hour shaping and toning sessions, and two one-hour cardio meetings string together exercises that burn serious calories. By program's end, partakers are well versed in fitness hieroglyphs, independently capable of slimming their physiques, decreasing cholesterol, and resisting the tempting calls of Spam loaf slathered in Nutella.
Focused on balance, power, and wellness, Navina Yoga mindfully blends Sukha, Sthira, Virya, and Vinyasa yoga styles to ease and invigorate students' bodies and minds. A monthly pass ($100) covers daily drop-in classes that are guided by passionate yogis who culled their skills from years of intense practice and hours of watching grasshoppers sleep. Newbies can explore flowing postures and powerful breathing techniques in Sukha and Sthira sessions, and Vinyasa and Virya hours delve into deeper levels of stamina, strength, and flexibility. Class times range from 60 to 90 minutes, and all posture-perfecting participants are asked to remove their shoes and the shoe shiners living in their hearts.
The Garden Grove molds muscles with an inspiring array of classes geared toward all ability levels. Certified yoga instructors lead numerous stretch sessions, such as the studio's signature Grove Yoga, focusing on the connection of breath with each strengthening movement. The Yoga 101 class caters to neophytes and anyone who wants to revisit the basics, which includes a review of the fundamental postures and the most efficient way to fold one's body into a travel-size case. Mix it up with Pilates, Zumba, or YogaLates Boot Camp, or care for pre- and postnatal needs with mom-geared yoga classes. The studio gives half of all mat rentals ($2) to charity, so students can borrow benevolently.
Unlike the many gyms that strive to exorcise the competitive spirit, the architects of the GameChanger program embrace it, continually updating an online ranking of student results. By ranking each exercise, they hope to inspire clients to not only beat their own best times, but those of their friends as well. They don’t just rely on the competitive framework to motivate students, though; they populate their team with coaches who boast decades of experience in training and athletic competition. Former competitive figure skater and current fitness model Karen Gallagher brings her relentless poise to each session, and pro volleyballer and former Canadian Interuniversity Sport All-Rookie Team member Mike Johnson helps students develop and hone athletic power and agility. In class, they focus on functional exercises based on everyday movements, such as climbing, jumping, and deadlifting 200-pound stacks of cash.