The painful experience of watching his father endure several heart attacks, and eventually a heart transplant, left its mark on John Latham, but the effect wasn’t entirely negative. His father’s struggles convinced John, at the young age of 12, that fitness and nutrition are the route to a long, healthy life. Since then, he’s trained more than 40,000 clients. He complements personal training with nutritional consultations to boost weight loss, and he also leads group fitness classes.
Elizabeth Gutierrez loves doing and teaching Zumba because it’s a fun way to work out. Certified in Zumba Fitness, she leads classes set to the tunes of motivational music as her pupils gyrate their hips and perform dance combinations that help them burn calories and trim waistlines. She is also certified in Zumba Toning, a modified version of the class that uses Zumba Toning sticks and enhanced rhythms to help sculpt bodies and build strength.
Hollywood Beach Fitness, a spacious, clean gym, contains a variety of treadmills, free weights, circuit machines, and harbor views. There, in addition to the gym equipment—which also includes kettlebells and ropes—patrons will find group fitness classes that range from cardio ballet to strength training to kickboxing. The fitness center offers personal and small-group training coupled with nutrition coaching.
Director Maribeth Hammond and her certified, supportive instructors pursue the achievement of four goals in each class held at The Yoga Channel: spiritual awareness, serenity, body alignment, and flexibility. The studio's ocean views cultivate a sense of calm, and class styles including flow, sunset, Iyengar yoga, and mat Pilates restore strength and augment fitness goals. A seven-day schedule includes early-morning, afternoon, and evening classes that invigorate both experienced yogis and tin men rendered immobile after misplacing their oilcans. To aid new students, instructors circle the classroom throughout each session and tweak any improper techniques.
Melissa was a casual gym-goer for most of her life, until one day a fitness instructor suggested that she should consider teaching fitness classes. It took her a year to switch careers, moving from teaching elementary school to teaching group fitness classes. All the while, she was scooping up certifications in anything she could get her hands on, including a National Academy of Sport Medicine certification as a personal trainer. Armed with six certifications and a massage therapist license, Melissa— one of the top endurance athletes in Ventura county— decided to open her own gym, where she could share her love for fitness with others. Rocksteady Fitness was born with the belief that exercise could be, and should be, fun. To that end, Melissa helps whip clients into superb shape by teaching group fitness classes such as kettle-bell training, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and boot camps.
Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.