Led by co-owners with backgrounds in professional dance, the experienced instructors at Pilates Studio City cultivate carved torsos with exercises that target the core. During personalized private sessions, pupils to bend into Pilates poses or the shape of their own initials atop a mat and sliding equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda chair. Teachers also divide their attention among students of all levels during group classes, which range from Level 1 mat sessions to dynamic Nia workouts. Nia blends elements of dance, martial arts, and the healing arts into a series of 52 movements that rotate from session to session to keep muscles from getting bored.
Fitness blooms at three locations, which together host more than 130 classes each week. The Studio City location surrounds exercisers in rustic wooden walls, in contrast with the floor-to-ceiling mirrors and undulating modern lines of the Porter Ranch studio's décor. Mat classes at The Annex stretch and bend beneath a large photo mural of a forest so that students can draw inspiration from branches' ability to hold themselves indefinitely in plank pose.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
Fitness Together’s team of certified personal trainers helps guests achieve their fitness goals with three customizable personal-training systems. The first, Aspire 8, takes guests through an eight-stage lifestyle transformation with the camaraderie and accountability that comes with working with a personal trainer. The other two programs—Cardio Together and Nutrition Together—work with the same philosophy but specialize on helping guests improve heart rates and endurance or make wise nutritional choices.
Formerly Body Women Only, Body Fitness is now a co-ed gym and wellness center. Members can burn off calories by using cardio and strength equipment, working with personal trainers, taking group classes, or talking sternly to their cores in the abs area. Classes include everything from yoga detox and Zumba to Pilates, TRX, boot camp, and spinning. After sweat sessions, members can indulge their hard-working bods with a massage or acupuncture, or visit the onsite salon for spray tanning, facials, and haircare.
Many gyms feel industrial, but with bright hardwood flooring and cream-colored walls, Tenacity Women?s Fitness is a breath of fresh air. The staff?s mission is to differ from chain gyms by being a positive place where women feel welcomed into a friendly, more personal environment, but still have everything they need to reach their goals. They?ve stocked the gym with strength and cardio machines, as well as functional training tools including BOSU balls, resistance bands, and more. Circuit Training classes help groups jump-start their fitness regimens, and personal trainers design programs tailored toward their clients? individual goals and incorporate nutritional advice.
After their workouts, ladies can hit a locker room that?s outfitted with a plasma TV, hair-dryers, and other amenities in addition to the standard showers and lockers that double as portals to fantasy realms.
A master Pilates instructor, a boxer, a bodybuilder, a fitness studio owner, and a personal trainer walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of an elaborate joke, but really it encompasses every credential Piloxing’s creator, Viveca Jensen, possesses. After years in the fitness industry, the multi-talented Jensen created a workout as diverse as her resume, which has since been featured in magazines such as Women’s Health and O Magazine. A blend of reformer-based Pilates, boxing, and dance, Piloxing is an interval-based workout, whose three components all foster core strength more effectively than allowing a sea walrus to lay on top of you. At her Los Angeles studio, Piloxing, Jensen teaches not only Piloxing, but barre exercises that will hone students’ Piloxing technique, and reformer-based Piloxing classes that also incorporate Wunda Chairs.