Certified personal trainer and Marine Corps veteran Keith Hunter is dedicated to helping his clients build lean muscle and burn fat efficiently. Offering personal training, boot-camp classes, partner training, and sports training, his workout sessions fight the boredom of routine while helping clients achieve their personal-fitness goals.
Coreology Fitness Outdoor Training offers intense outdoor fitness sessions for those looking for a total-body workout. The classes incorporate beach sand drills, circuit training, high intensity interval training, and light weight lifting while focusing on creating core strength, cardio endurance, flexibility, and agility.
As a working actress, Judie Aronson was always working out. She moved from one workout modality to the next, but it wasn’t until the fitness devotee came across a fusion of Pilates, cardio, and strength training that she knew she’d found an exercise formula that wasn’t only effective, but engrossing. Wishing to share her discovery with the community without investing in a 20-ton megaphone, Aronson opened her RockIt Body Pilates studio, which garnered a plethora of enthusiastic press, including the accolade of Best Workout Trend and Best Personal Training 2011 from Southbay magazine. She and her team of trainers introduce clients to dynamic, challenging, and fun workout sessions that target a variety of muscles using specialized Pilates equipment.
RockIt Body's two locations, in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, have become successful enough to garner commercial attention from a television camera. Aronson's many clients have included Bill Engvall, who used the studio when preparing for Dancing With the Stars, and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, who is now a trainer at RockIt Body Pilates.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
It's 105 degrees, but the humidity level is perfect and the air is pure. It's not a freak summer day—it's the spacious studio of The Hot Yoga Center. There, yoga students of all levels can perfect their hatha and power yoga skills on the cushioned, non-slippery floor, breathing in the regularly purified air as the balmy temperatures help them achieve deeper stretches and more pliable butter sculptures during 60- and 90-minute classes. For a faster paced class that's geared toward strengthening the core, students can try Novo yoga, whose 40 postures and two breathing exercises tone and stretch the body during 70-minute sessions. Instructors lower the heat for yin yoga classes, allowing students to slow down racing thoughts for an introspective hour-long session.
Michelle St.Claire’s battle with scoliosis finally ended when she found Pilates. She gratefully dove headlong into the exercise form, becoming teacher at and owner of Pilates South Bay, which has now been in business more than four years. Her students – some of whom are up to 75 years young – describe her as “knowledgeable,” a “motivator,” and a teacher whose calming manner leaves them feeling relaxed “during and after each session.” However, this doesn't mean her classes are easy. She relentlessly stretches and strengthens her clients’ bodies on reformers, supplementing the enhanced Pilates exercises with 30-minute jumpboard classes. Her jumpboard workouts offer a full-body cardio blast, engaging all the muscles to quickly raise heart rates.