The friendly, certified trainers at South Bay Fit Camp use a wide variety of games, activities, and exercises during their upbeat fitness classes. These group workouts are infinitely more fun than childhood recesses spent running from feral tire-swings. Classes meet outdoors regardless of the weather, so dress limbs in easy to peel layers, slather on sunscreen, and bring water-friendly clothing. Each workout challenges exercisers of all fitness levels, and South Bay Fit Camp's smaller classes make sure no one is left behind in the woods and eaten by bears dressed as Richard Simmons. In addition to basic boot-camp classes, South Bay also offers bridal fit camp for brides and grooms as well as mommy fit camp for new and soon-to-be mothers.
Jaiya Figueras started playing football as a child and eventually tackled his way up to the professional level in Canada, cultivating a career that inspired a passion for coaching. In addition to working as a high-school teacher and football coach, Figueras spent his post-pigskin years studying sports sciences and writing books about training. Eventually, he became a personal trainer, and one of his clients was Kimi Idio. Idio wanted to reboot her sedentary lifestyle, and with the help of Figueras' individualized attention, she was able to change her body and habits. Together, the duo formed Epic, where groups harmoniously endure intense guided workouts. Some workouts focus on muscles, others incorporate unconventional props, such as weighted rubber chickens, and some are designed for runners or football players.
A sandy beach with waves crashing on the shore. A scenic park bursting with foliage. A spacious living room. Certified personal trainer Timmie Brann and her nomadic team of fitness experts can transform virtually any space into a makeshift gym. They bring their exercise equipment to locations of the client's choice and devise personalized workout plans that strive toward specific fitness goals, such as losing weight or improving overall conditioning. The trainers not only guide exercisers through workout sessions, but they also dole out nutritional advice that help facilitate full-body transformations.
As a movement, CrossFit rejects the idea that one needs the fancy equipment of a big gym to get in shape. Instead, its creators argued that all someone really needs to get fit is a little motivation, a knowledgeable trainer, and a big, empty room. The trainers at CrossFit 5150 embrace that idea, dubbing their gym “the box.” They like to keep it virtually empty, with minimal fitness accoutrements and a maximum amount of sweat dripping to the floor.
The staff create new routines for their charges to perform daily, but these trainers put in double the mental effort. They produce two Workouts of the Day, the first penned on a dry-erase board, letting the gym’s members know how they should break their sweat on any given date. The other is online and requires no equipment whatsoever, which helps prevent travelers, office workers, and people trapped in WiFi-equipped underground bunkers since Y2K from missing a single day of training.
DanceSport California is a multi-style dance studio specializing in Latin ballroom dances. The accommodating class schedule offers multiple hour-long drop-in classes that cater to all levels of experience. Couples classes are available, and no partner is required, because DanceSport encourages the mixing and mingling of feet and personalities. Classes are held atop a state-of-the-art floating dance floor that gives dancers an extra spring in their step while surprisingly following all laws of gravity and thermodynamics.