At Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy, most of the instructors are amateur or professional fighters who blend a quartet of hapkido, muay thai, boxing, and kickboxing into fitness sessions. These classes boast resistance training that can help burn fat, tone muscle, and increase endurance and stamina along with flexibility.
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.
At Fortanasce & Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, an experienced team of doctors of physical therapy, exercise scientists, and massage therapists help clients get into the best shape of their lives. The 11,000 square-foot facility works with the young, old, injured, or healthy through services such as physical and occupational therapy, personal training and Pilates, and industrial rehabilitation. An onsite, in-ground pool lets clients to exercise without stressing their joints, catering to the elderly as well as pregnant women who want to alleviate back pain and teach their babies to speak to fish. A troupe of massage therapists administer deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu treatments, while hand therapists cater specifically to problems in the wrist, fingers, elbows, and shoulders.
Dennis Robinson can list many credentials on his resume: National Personal Training Institute certification, certified nutritionist, and certified kickboxing instructor just to name a few. But to really see the proof of Mr. Robinson's expertise, one needs only look at the body and lifestyle transformations he's helped others achieve. One of his most successful clients, a man named Albert, lost more than 150 pounds over one year and four months. Mr. Robinson accomplishes these types of transformations with a combination of custom workout programs and 15-day meal plans.
Classes at Bokwa Fitness strive to be letter-perfect. Set to energetic pop music, the fitness classes don't require students to learn choreography or count steps. Instead, instructors structure dance moves around letters and numbers, which groups pretend to draw with their feet. This allows students of all ages and fitness levels to immediately jump in and move to the music.
You won't see any mirrors at East Village Yoga. That's because Jenny Buchanan and her instructors want to prevent self-conscious comparisons, strengthen their students' intuition, and help them gain confidence in motion. In addition to practicing yoga since the '80s and teaching since the '90s, Jenny infuses her approach to yoga with the grace she gained as a Juilliard-trained actress and dancer. She and her yogis welcome students from all walks of life—even those suffering from ailments such as arthritis or fear of falling.