Joe Chalakee came across kettlebells when trying to find ways to improve his performance in Brazilian jujitsu. He was impressed by how the exercises enhanced cardio, strength and endurance. Today, Joe along his team of certified trainer offers classes at Kettlebells South Bay to help students enhance their own strength and flexibility with kettlebells, sandbags, a specially designed duffle bag with handles. With additional training in TRX suspension, a gravity-fueled workout pioneered by Navy SEALS, and battling ropes, thick nylon ropes that tone upper bodies when shaken in intervals, they help clients zoom toward fitness goals with the speed of a cheetah on roller skates.
At Live In Fit, Alycia Sumlin-Lyrse and her team of certified trainers take a benevolent approach to fitness classes. The team uses spirituality and integrity as motivating forces to achieve physical health and believe that being good examples of fitness themselves is the best way to get their students motivated to change their lives. Accordingly, their boot camps and circuit-training classes eschew the harsh yelling and humiliating diary reading of typical routines for positive reinforcement and friendly encouragement. The fitness gurus will even travel to places of business and customize workout programs for employees to help banish sick days and boost productivity.
Since 2000, Tim and Tom Ryan, twin brothers and the founders of Atomic Boxing, have put their black belts to use and help patrons harness the health benefits of martial arts without the violent aspects of the sport. Fists and feet pop against personal punching bags as personal instructiors motivate students to burn fat and pump up endurance. To set the mood for muscle building and to bolster adrenaline, speakers fill the gym with driving beats or fighter pilots reading their to-do lists. Near the punching bags, free weights clatter at benches and machines target muscle groups. In addition to group sessions, instructors host one-on-one workouts.
At South Bay Boot Camp, owner Armando Gutierrez and his staff lead heart-pumping sweat sessions designed to burn fat and strengthen muscles. Exercisers meet up nearly every day of the week for an hour of cardio, strength, and core circuit training that can include anything from squat thrusts and pushups to sprints and thumb wrestling. Armando and crew also supplement workouts with nutritional plans to help clients keep weight-loss plans on track.
Within Boogiezone Utopia's electric environs, Elena and Barbara turn up the heat with high-energy Zumba classes. They lead students of all fitness levels in a series of Latin-inspired dance moves designed to help them burn calories and beat workout boredom. The easy-to-follow moves are set to upbeat tunes, which make you feel like you are breaking a sweat at a club or in the aisle of a supermarket.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged 4 months to 3 years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes set to their ability, not age. Dance and cheerleading classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway and the vocally enthused to yell things other than other people's Social Security numbers.