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.
As a physician who's double-board-certified in anesthesia and laser surgery, Dr. Gail Humble has found that her expertise is in demand. She's shared her knowledge in the pages of such press outlets as the Los Angeles Daily News and Skin & Aging magazine, and she's even appeared on Extra and other television shows. When she's not demonstrating her methods to the public, Dr. Humble's treating such skin problems as wrinkles, scarring, and varicose veins with the services that she determines will be most effective for each patient?especially for patients who write her nice cards that use the word "cool-tacular" a lot. One such method, Botox, reduces the appearance of fine lines by weakening the muscle activity that causes wrinkles. Meanwhile, IPL and Laser Genesis treatments promote collagen production and make the skin appear tighter, and facial peels remove the skin's damaged outer layers.
Sports, and their inevitable injuries, are no strangers to Doctors of Chiropractic Julia Moen and Charlie Harper. Dr. Julia, a certified chiropractic sports physician, works with the athletes at El Camino College, acts as volunteer trainer for a local high-school football team, and has bounced back from nine of her own sport-related surgeries. Dr. Charlie, a beach-volleyball enthusiast when not frocked in a lab coat, pioneered an exercise-rehabilitation program that is used by orthopedists in the area.
ProWellness' other practitioners include massage therapists, licensed acupuncturists, and a cockapoo therapy dog. They offer a diverse lineup of treatments ranging from pregnancy massages to microcurrent therapy sessions that help reduce pain from spinal-cord injuries and impersonating a disco ball.
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.
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.
You can probably guess from their name that DermFx works beautifying magic on skin?and you'd be right. With laser- and light-based treatments such as Fraxel and the smooth beam, skin-tightening Ulthera ultrasound treatments and chemical peels, and proprietary take-home products, the med spa keeps skin soft, smooth, and turbulence-free. But that's hardly all. From non-surgical Botox to LightSheer laser hair removal, the medical professionals use cutting-edge technologies to deliver stunning outcomes all over the body.