The team of knowledgeable trainers at Coreology Fitness sculpts bodies with a bevy of group classes designed to tone muscles and bolster endurance. Memberships to the studio grant access to any of the 45- to 60-minute sweat sessions. Boot-camp classes sling bodies through alternating intervals of cardio and strength training, fusing exercises from various fitness philosophies to build up burly frustration in muscles forced to constantly guess their next move. The studio’s exclusive Megaformer Pilates group class implements versatile Megaformer machines, which present a multitude of exercise possibilities and can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level.
The trainers at Truth Fitness and Health take a wide range of approaches to their clients' wellbeing. They lead individuals, small groups, or larger groups (although 12 people is as large as a fitness class gets) in workouts, but they also teach functional movements and how to prevent injuries, as well as supplementing kids' sports practice with athletic conditioning sessions. In individualized, private sessions, a client's health history, movement patterns and posture is assessed.
A longtime personal trainer, Alonzo Garrett realized that, though everyone’s body functions much the same way, there’s no single set of exercises that works for everyone. Sometimes this has to do with anatomy or injury, but more often it stems from the disparity in excitement and enjoyment that different kinds of exercises elicit from different people. So, Alonzo decided to start his own fitness center—ZO Personal Training—where he cooks up individualized workouts based not only on achieving his client’s health goals, but keeping them excited and loving their workouts. His kinesthetic recipes use everything from traditional plyometrics and boxing to free-running training and chasing a cupcake that dangles in front of a treadmill.
Inside his gym, the light green walls fade into the background behind the forest of white metal frames and their foliage of black straps, seats, and weights. The expansive space houses dozens of machines and many times that number of free weights and other unbound exercise equipment, each with its own specific powers.
Welcoming studios awash in natural light enfold booty sculptors as they dip, bend, and fold through The Bar Method, a one-hour workout blending the fat burning of interval training and the muscle-lengthening effects of ballet-barre conditioning. The pair of studios shares a single schedule of multilevel classes held every day of the week, not unlike the sun's favorite pet. Classes begin with a limb-limbering warm-up before moving onto free-weight exercises and pushups, finishing up with a set of intense seat work on the bar and an ab-crunching finale on the mat. Every exercise treats muscles to gentle warm-up and cool-down stretches to facilitate the transition between the studio and one's everyday life atop a music box.
Customers dust off unexplored muscle groups with the myriad exercise amenities at Spectrum Athletic Clubs. Although facilities vary by location, visitors can unleash a stationary bike from an indoor cycling studio to ride through spaces that include Pilates studios, basketball and volleyball courts, cardio equipment with individual flat-screens, heated swimming pools, and women-only workout areas devoid of the sound of men crying through exceptionally bendy yoga poses. Certified personal trainers and instructors conduct more than 1,200 group classes and training courses weekly in kickboxing, yoga, and more. Interactive kids' clubs are available for when kickbox cravings arise and the sitter is still missing after a game of hide-and-seek. After sweat sessions, nosh rewardingly with a healthy bite at the in-house café at the Canoga Park, Palisades, Valencia, Howard Hughes and South Bay locations, or attempt to digest a low-calorie towel from the unlimited towel service.
The instructors and staff members at Peninsula School of Performing Arts all share a common goal: teaching students the art of dance. Children and adults alike flock to their studio, eager to learn dance styles ranging from classical ballet to tap, jazz, and hip-hop steps. More advanced dancers can even find placement––not to mention another creative outlet––on one of the school's dance companies.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.