As fitness coaches, Robb, Steven, Miguel, and Roldan know that consistency is key. Conversely, so is variation. That's why the trio behind Unum Fitness stocks the gym's schedule with up to five classes a day, with no two sessions providing the same workout. Some workouts of the day include running and rowing, whereas others alternate lunges, squats, and pushups.
At My Lean Body Fitness, friendly, knowledgeable trainers help students overcome self-doubt and mental blocks with boot-camp regimens and dance workouts. Zumba sessions set bodies in motion with infectious rhythms, and cardio kickboxing tones muscles and burns fat with swift punches and kicks. Nutritional guidance and healthy recipes amplify full-body workouts and circuit-training classes, ensuring bodies are fueled properly for building lean, powerful muscle.
Stephanie Raye spent nearly a decade healing physically and growing spiritually through yoga before she started teaching in 2002. During each class at her studio, Bikram Yoga Downtown LA, she and her fellow instructors lead a 90-minute series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises inside a heated studio, which keeps muscles limber and reduces injuries. Every posture prepares the body for the next pose, pumps freshly oxygenated blood throughout the body, and brings health and strength to students of all ages and skill levels.
The space is as appealing as the instruction. Gilded with gold mandalas and lotus-inspired patterns, gray walls open up to a spacious studio with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and windows. Anti-bacterial and odor-resistant flooring keep yoga conditions sanitary while students practice, and locker rooms and showers help them clean up after class. A boutique area brims with yoga clothes and accessories, and two-hour parking validation ensures cars have plenty of room to graze on grass, which cars eat now by the way.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
The motto at CrossFit Insurgent is "start together, finish together," emphasizing the health club's familial community spirit. CrossFit level-one certified head coaches Brian Franzen and Victor Chavez have empathy that matches their muscles, and embody a commitment to their clients that borders on fatherly. Combining Franzen's 18 years in the industry as a gold-medal winning wrestler and personal trainer and Chavez's expertise in mobility, movement, and firefighting, their CrossFit classes produce results while eschewing the mundane tropes of the typical gym experience. Instead of hosting hordes of ellipticals and complex weight machines, the workout space, affectionately known as "The Box," remains uncluttered as patrons use real weights and the machine known as "the human body" to whip into shape.
Aloha Mind Math Reading Writing helps kids aged 5–12 flex the sponginess of their brains by teaching them not only important concepts in math and reading and writing, but also inventive techniques for grappling with those important concepts. On the math side, the certified and well-trained tutors teach the abacus method to give first–fifth graders a strong foundation in mental math. The junior math program teaches 5- and 6-year-olds to understand numbers with multiple digits. Meanwhile, the senior math program graduates 12-year-olds with an ability to perform operations such as 914 x 325 in their heads, rather than by making a rectangle with a width of 914 action figures and a length of 325 action figures and then counting up all the action figures.
Alternatively, the reading and writing program helps children make sense of the world of letters. Ninety-minute lessons coupled with supplemental at-home work guide kids from understanding punctuation and parts of speech in first grade to learning about clauses and conjunctions in fifth grade, imparting a preparedness for middle-school language-arts classes. This part of the program also teaches them to read fiction and nonfiction, with such valuable concepts as inference, context, comparing and contrasting, and understanding that author’s view doesn’t have anything to do with J.K. Rowling’s penthouse vista. The reading and writing program also helps children cultivate their own writing skills, advancing them from simple descriptive sentences to persuasive, expository, and story writing at the fifth grade level.