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.
The trainers at Strong and Steady CrossFit focus on functional movements—motions made in daily life—to sculpt chiseled physiques. They push participants during intense workouts that last anywhere from 3 to 45 minutes, creating varied sessions that can achieve optimal results while keeping boredom at bay. Each session incorporates heavy lifting, which isn't as intimidating as it sounds, along with cardio-based movements that bolster heart and metabolic rates. Instructors also teach Burn classes that turn the intensity down a notch by trading weights for boxes full of sleeping puppies.
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.
Oxnard Athletic Club feels like a private neighborhood gym, yet has many amenities one might find in a larger, big-box fitness center. Inside the club, clients have access to an indoor heated pool, and thanks to a selection of cardio machines, such as ellipticals, bicycles, and treadmills, exercisers never need to wait in line to work out. A separate free-weight and strength-training area ensures weightlifters can execute proper form in a comfortable space.
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.