Sityodtong USA is affiliated with Thailand's world-renowned, champion-producing Sityodtong Muay Thai Training Camp. Its west coast gym is considered by many to have legendary status. The gym has partnered with PowerBar TeamElite and NBC's The Biggest Loser, and its fighters won a combined 6 belts in Muay Thai and MMA in 2012. Classes in Brazilian jiu jitsu, boomer- and teen-specific boxing, and Muay Thai fill the gym’s schedule, which also includes open gym time where athletes can practice on their own. With up to 80 classes per week, Sityodtong USA offers technical and competition training and experience paths that range from beginner to advanced, including a "get fit without getting hit" combat fitness program.
Though the CrossFit exercise technique has steamrolled the nation, CrossFit Madre is family place through and through. It's an amalgamation of Peter Sandford's background in hapkido and weight conditioning and his wife Rocki's masters degree in public health and nutrition from UCLA. During intimate group classes, the instructors lead students in workouts that range from high-energy cardio and bar work to kettlebell weight training. This personalized combination of techniques helps clients set individual goals to tone physiques and promote endurance.
The percussiveness of Latin and ballroom music resounds through Sonata Room, where founders and decorated dancers Laura Powell and Brandon Kwae lead private and group dance classes. A champion of the International Grand Ball Championships and Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships, Laura brings her hard-earned talent to the classroom, where she has trained up-and-coming dancers for 25 years. Watching a televised dance championship first spurred Brandon onto the dance floor, his quickly developed skills eventually placing him on the podium in competition. Together, the duo now patiently and technically break down each dance step for their students without using intimidating tactics, such as dancing with the time-out chair. Their spacious, dimly lit, and wood-floored studio also hosts occasional events, including bimonthly ballroom-dance parties.
The colorful space that makes up Fitness Revolution Pasadena—think purple floors and walls in bright blue, grey, and white—provides ample room for small and large group personal-training classes. Participants uses exercise balls, kettlebells, resistance bands, and wooden blocks to help burn calories, tone muscles, and increase their flexibility. Guiding each group through a workout is husband-wife team Joseph and April Hawthorne. They also readily dispense their wisdom on nutrition and which Power Ranger had the best high kick.
It’s telling that the motto at Tara Napoli’s Power Yoga is “Love your life.” From mellow, restorative yoga classes to fun buti yoga classes. And of course, there’s the power yoga, where students connect breath to movements doing athletic, Vinyasa-style yoga. They’ll definitely break a sweat, and also enjoy calming benefits of resting poses and inversions.