A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
After two decades working as a competitive gymnast and instructor in Europe, Beatrice Samson needed a change of scenery. Intending to start a wellness-oriented business that would help her back injuries, Beatrice moved to America's west coast and immersed herself in yoga. The bikram series soon captured her attention, leading her to eventually complete the discipline's certification program and open Bikram Yoga Thousand Oaks. Today, she likens her newly opened studio's environment to her own personality: organized and optimistic.
Beatrice and her staff helm 90-minute classes within a room heated to around 105 degrees to render muscles more malleable and prompt detoxification through sweat. They guide students through 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which are specifically ordered to stretch every part of the physique. As students hone their flexibility, concentration, and balance by isolating and relaxing different extremities, they push freshly oxygenated blood throughout their bodies, engaging in the "tourniquet effect" that typifies the art. Though the practice can appear formidable to first-timers, the teachers stress its universal accessibility, as well as the studio's judgment-free atmosphere. Beginners remain just as welcome during class as the advanced yogis who balance on top of them unnoticed. Beatrice has also instituted a "Karma Yoga" program for those in need of financial aid, whereby patrons can take on a weekly cleaning shift in exchange for unlimited lessons.
In order to get a dancer's lean, flexible body, it would follow that one would have to be a professional dancer?not so much. The barre-fitness classes at Studio Barre ? Newbury Park are designed to lengthen the body, improve posture, and tone muscle, and require absolutely zero dance training. Core strength is a big part of the equation, as the exercises?which borrow a little from ballet, a little from yoga, and a little from Pilates?aim to keep core muscles engaged throughout the entire 60-minute class. This, in turn, makes back and chest muscles stronger, encouraging better posture and a more graceful gait.
It's not just the core at work, though. The workout is intended to hit every muscle group during classes through regularly changing choreography, which also prevents students from getting bored with the same routine. Classes are open to those of all fitness levels, as is a boutique with Studio Barre branded clothing that includes a tank that says, "So, this girl walks into a barre...", a story that presumably ends in her saying, "Ow."
Average class length: 60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are located right above RoadRunner Sports. Follow the drive to the upper level parking.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our clients remain motivated because of our excellent trainers. People of all skill levels can achieve great results.
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We have many active members with Parkinson's Disease. Research has shown that forced intense exercise can help people with Parkinson's delay, reduce, and sometimes reverse their symptoms. Non-contact boxing is an intense exercise that directly addresses the issues that people with PD deal with: balance, strength, flexibility, and mental focus.
On first impression, J Raw Fitness seems a strange name for trainer Jude Lee’s Westlake Village fitness studio. Having refined his workout programs over the course of 20 years in the fitness industry, Lee’s skills are anything but raw. No moniker, however, could more fittingly describe the personal and group workouts he and his team of trainers lead students through on a daily basis—intense, no-nonsense routines that sculpt muscles and take no calories prisoner. The large, brightly lit facility hums with energy as students of all abilities sweat and grunt through high-intensity cardio classes, yoga stretches, and dumbbell lifts. The diverse list of classes is just one means by which the trainers strive to keep workouts interesting and varied; on the first Sunday of every month, they head down to a local beach to conduct fitness boot camps and arm-wrestle muscle-bound octopuses.