Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Paper lanterns bounce light off pristine bamboo floors at Surya Yoga studio, where the walls are covered in yoga inspired murals. The 2,500-square-foot space includes two spacious practice rooms, plus a lounge with a couch, candles, and rugs that create a homey vibe. But while it might be tempting to Zen out on the cushions, yoga classes await: from a four-week Introduction to Yoga course to SUP Yoga (stand-up paddleboarding), vinyasa flow, kids' yoga, and more. The studio also hosts events and special workshops with visiting instructors, giving students more ways to grow in their practice.
The certified instructors of Miss Fits Fitness Studio, Inc. are indeed misfits in the gym industry, as they steer clear of exercise machinery. Instead, they rely on dynamic, female-centric workouts to condition muscles and burn calories. Their curriculum covers Mommy and Me, Zumba, yoga, Pilates/boxing, and dance—including choreography from current music videos. And although the studio rejects machines, it employs a variety of specialized equipment. Kangoo jump boots, for example, enable students to leap and bounce during low-impact cardio routines, and dance poles provide the support for sultry moves that also tone the body.
A trio of Inside Out Studios inspires balance and tones muscles with gentle, dance-inspired, and weighted workouts overseen by a ladies’ only staff in open, air-conditioned spaces. Pilates practitioners unite quick, rigorous movements with deep, controlled breathing to fortify the core and lengthen the frame. Similarly, barre fitness wields a traditional ballet mainstay as a crutch for moves that challenge both the inexperienced dancer and the retired jewelry-box performer. In TRX suspension training, students employ dangling straps to build strength with body-resistance exercises, boost flexibility, and chisel the core. High-intensity kettlebell classes coalesce cardio, balance, and toning with handled weights that exercisers hold during squats, spins, and triple-axel jumps. Each class style’s page lists its schedule, with classes available from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Founded by former professional ballet dancer Jennifer Williams and her husband Deric, Pop Physique captures the spirit of L.A. glamour in its unique Pop Sculpt fitness classes. Pop Sculpt sessions use a ballet barre, light weights, and an exercise ball in a workout designed to create lean, toned muscles and eradicate fat. In one-hour, participants boost energy, raise their metabolic rates, and clear their minds while working out in a fun, stylish studio space. In addition to Pop Sculpt classes, the studio also hosts vigorous Pilates Barre and Pop Yoga sessions.
Native Yoga Center's founders, Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, have shown young yogis how to reap the benefits of bending and balancing in four countries: the United States, Australia, Thailand, and India. Their diverse international experiences inform each of the studio's challenging classes, which are scheduled every day of the week, except for days of the new moon or full moon or when the moon has to stay home and wait for the Internet guy. Stretchers of any skill level can attend 60-minute Vinyasa sessions, which highlight gentle movements, meditative breathing, and proper alignment, or 90-minute Ashtanga classes, which aim to increase muscular strength and balance. Native yoga classes take place in a warmed room to promote greater focus, encourage detoxification through sweating, and help students locate the frozen-fish-stick burglar based on escalating aromatics.