In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr’s only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and Pure Barre soon spread its franchises across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, participants can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers get back in shape. Intimate classes with a limit of 15 attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to get the most from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills.
When he’s not busy hanging out with the cast of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, Master Andrew Fanelli leads a slew of martial-arts programs at All-Pro Tae Kwon Do. He and his team of instructors lead classes in disciplines such as tae kwon do, muay thai, boxing, boot camp, kickboxing, and self-defense. Designed for students aged 3 and older, classes focus on fitness and wellness as well as self-defense, discipline, respect, and courage.
Mint Condition Fitness is a community based fitness studio focused on weight loss and longevity. Utilizing fat loss specific exercise, diet, and lifestyle modifications, clients can feel confident that they will burn fat, reduce pain, increase energy, and learn how to sustain optimal health!
Lite for Life's certified nutritionists tailor eating plans to each individual’s needs and capacities, which helps ensure that every plan will be as effective, satisfying, and easy to stick with as possible. By stabilizing blood-sugar levels and reigning in portion size, men typically drop three pounds a week on the program, while women shed two. Procure products and practices that will help erase freeloading weight without skipping meals or turning to weight-loss drugs. Lite for Life also offers a full range of healthy whole foods for an additional cost to help you stay on track and slay pizza-craving dragons.
Pilates Suite founder and owner Jenny Paxson strongly identifies with Joseph Pilates. Not only does she teach and train according to the exercise method he devised, but they also both emigrated from Germany to the United States. Inside her cozy Los Gatos studio, Paxson passes on her love of the Pilates method with a series of equipment that helps strengthen her pupils’ cores. All her sessions are for one or two pupils, allowing her to focus closely on each person’s proper breathing, alignment, and balance.
It happens all the time: people wander into CrossFit Los Gatos and wind up becoming a member of the gym's fitness community. And many of them find themselves getting into the best shape of their lives. A team-like bond forms between CrossFitters, all of whom motivate and encourage one another through the often strenuous—though scalable—workouts. Coaches also rally groups through the day's sessions, which employ such fitness tools as kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, and ropes.