Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
A former gymnast and collegiate diver suffering from a stress fracture in her lower back, Cassidy Farwell sought a total-body workout that would strengthen her core and alleviate her lower back pain. Around the same time, all-around fitness enthusiast Syd Shelton became curious about Pilates's growing popularity, and took her first class. Though they sought out Pilates for very different reasons, it made such an impact on them that they decided to open their own studio together to share the total-body toning techniques with others. As certified instructors, Cassidy and Syd now lead classes designed to tone the body from head to toe, with emphasis on strengthening the hips, thighs, core, and vestigial tail.
If your feet can do it, Encore Dance Fitness will teach it. The studio’s vast range of classes includes everything from partnerless ballroom dancing to vertical ballet, where participants shimmy up poles while keeping their toes pointed. In addition to teaching cardio and traditional dance styles, instructors lead Pilates and yoga sessions as well as specialty classes including aerial movement with silks and trapezes.
If you’re looking to improve your balance, you can attend high-energy West African dance and meditative yoga classes, with occasional breaks for twirling in an aerial hoop. To work up a sweat, there are 15 different cardio dance classes to choose from. They cover everything from belly dancing to iconic choreography from movies, television, and that dream where you perform a dance-off with zombies. For women who want to work out with children in tow, Encore offers children’s dance classes, childcare, and a homework club.
At Fitness Compound, exercisers of all ages can sweat freely in classes that range from the high-intensity intervals of Insanity to the meditative martial art of tai chi. A roster of certified, encouraging trainers lead a host of other classes such as Zumba, krav maga, and TRX suspension training.
Led by co-owners with backgrounds in professional dance, the experienced instructors at Pilates Studio City cultivate carved torsos with exercises that target the core. During personalized private sessions, pupils to bend into Pilates poses or the shape of their own initials atop a mat and sliding equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda chair. Teachers also divide their attention among students of all levels during group classes, which range from Level 1 mat sessions to dynamic Nia workouts. Nia blends elements of dance, martial arts, and the healing arts into a series of 52 movements that rotate from session to session to keep muscles from getting bored.
Fitness blooms at three locations, which together host more than 130 classes each week. The Studio City location surrounds exercisers in rustic wooden walls, in contrast with the floor-to-ceiling mirrors and undulating modern lines of the Porter Ranch studio's décor. Mat classes at The Annex stretch and bend beneath a large photo mural of a forest so that students can draw inspiration from branches' ability to hold themselves indefinitely in plank pose.
As a massage therapist working in a physical therapy office, Maricar Pratt noticed how safely and effectively Pilates helped postsurgical patients rehabilitate their bodies. She enrolled in New York's Physicalmind Institute to earn her certification then came to West Hollywood to study Pilates Cadillac use more in-depth. After working as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer at various locales, she decided to open Better Body Fitness. She gathered a professional staff able to customize a variety of fitness routines to help people with various needs and goals—whether they're recovering from an injury, supplementing dance training, or striving to whip into shape. Instructors train students of all fitness level, and celebrities have been known to stop by, including Denise Richards, Rick Fox, and Howie Mandel, according to USA Today's CelebWatch.
The instructors offer a diverse range of classes so that their members can mix up their workouts whenever they'd like. During mat-based classes, instructors help students gain strength, flexibility, and balance as they learn how to align their bodies without the use of the studio's equipment or a magical genie. Barre classes shape and tone muscles with ballet's elongating and conditioning movements, and high-energy Dance with Me classes fuse styles including hip-hop, Bollywood, and hula to motivate fancy footwork into action. The studio also offers TRX suspension-training classes, which leverage the students' body weight in exercises that help sculpt lean muscle, and yoga classes harness Vinyasa flows to build strength and self-awareness.