Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
With top-of-the-line air purifying equipment and special floors, Hot 8 Yoga debunks the myth that hot-yoga studios are stuffy and smelly. Its filtration system scours air with UV rays before pumping oxygen into the classroom, keeping the studio fresh and germ-free, and students breathing easily. Beneath yogis' feet, ploy-extruded matting keeps the air smelling sweet by wicking away moisture and odors atop shock-absorbent PVC floors.
These measures enhance pupils’ practice during more than 100 weekly hot-yoga classes. With the heat cranked at varying degrees to boost flexibility, metabolism, and detoxification, sessions range from classic hot yoga to yoga sculpt, which incorporates free weights. Yoga barre, on the other hand, combines ballet, yoga, body sculpting, and cardio for a comprehensive workout that makes you sweatier than wearing a vinyl spacesuit in a sauna.
Above all else, Revolution Fitness strives to create an encouraging, non-judgmental environment where individuals of all fitness levels can feel comfortable pursuing their goals. The instructors support this mission by leading eclectic group classes every day of the week. Strength-training sessions can incorporate kettlebells, TRX suspension systems, bands, stability balls, or helium-filled free weights depending on the intensity of the scheduled class. Spinning classes, meanwhile, get heart rates going as students pedal through a simulated series of hills and sprints, while dance-inspired barre workouts create long, lean muscles. Yoga practice ranges from the deep, sustained stretches of yin yoga to the dynamic, fluid movements of vinyasa-style yoga, and Revolution Fitness is also home to Indo-Row: indoor rowing classes that build teamwork skills while providing a full-body workout.
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.
Yogis Anonymous offers classes taught by top quality teachers, and is set in a relaxed, laid back environment with a welcoming community. They offer in-studio and online yoga classes, as well as events and workshops with guest teachers. Experienced instructors lead a variety of classes for practitioners of all levels, including Basic, Moderate, and Strong, which offer ascending breath work and pose challenges. Inside the studio, class-goers will find a soaring ceiling, honey-colored hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light to aid them on their yogic journeys towards strength, flexibility, and quiet minds. Yogis Anonymous was recently rated as "The Best Yoga in LA" by The Huffington Post.
Trapeze School New York’s expansion west meant Angelenos no longer had to cross the country to join the circus. At their outdoor studio on the Santa Monica Pier, highly trained instructors teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced maneuvers during classes on the flying trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, trampoline, and Spanish web. All of Trapeze School New York’s countrywide facilities in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, and LA hold themselves to high safety standards that account for everything from equipment to instructors and safety belts. In an effort to bring their flying-trapeze instruction to surrounding communities regardless of funding, the school also gives lessons through their nonprofit branch of operations.