Alliance Training Center's classes make students stronger in more ways than one. Instructors not only help clients reach peak fitness through CrossFit, but also arm students with the world-renowned self-defense techniques of Krav Maga. Both these activities qualify as "functional." For instance, CrossFit athletes focus on becoming experts at the kinds of movements that come naturally, as opposed to putting stress on their bodies with forced motions. For its part, Krav Maga teaches combat techniques that deal with real-world scenarios, including handling assailants who have knives or guns.
The trainers offer a few other equally practical programs to spice up the week so students don't have to turn to baffling Danish game shows for stimulation. Kettlebell courses provide a nice alternative to CrossFit's Olympic-style weight lifting. And Brazilian jiu-jitsu builds on Krav Maga's repertoire of strikes with potent grapples capable of taking larger opponents to the ground or locking up their limbs.
The knowledgeable instructors of Yoga Vista guide groups through classes that range from dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes to serene Gentle Yoga sessions, providing modifications for every experience level. In addition to yoga classes, patrons can sign up for workshops with themes such as Yoga & Art. The studio's polished hardwood floors, tall windows, and white draperies create an elegant ambiance.
The Gym@Hayden is a loft-like, 5,500-square-foot fitness facility staffed with certified fitness professionals who are determined to help their clients feel supported along their fitness journey. Offering kickboxing, circuit-training, and boot-camp group classes, along with cardio and strength-training equipment, The Gym@Hayden strives to be a laid-back place that helps its clients get in, work out hard, and get on with their lives.
Thanks to Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, more than one million families have found themselves more flexible, more physically fit, and healthier since 1975. In the decades since opening their doors, the school has developed more and more programs to cater to diverse community members. Even their trampolines and padded floors welcome everyone from toddlers to adults and beginners to professional-level competitors capable of cartwheeling for miles.
As for the teaching staff, the school's coaches come from across the world (14 different countries in total), and each has completed multiple certification courses, including those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That experience guides them in each one of their gymnastics programs, whether it's a class for parents and their toddlers, an adult parkour class, or a gymnastics camp for kids with special needs.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
Sweat Pilates prides itself on not being a typical gym. Case in point: one of its classes involves doing cardio workouts while bouncing on a trampoline. That's just one of several classes customers can engage in to shake-up their typical workout. 75-minute CoreStretch classes combine deep stretching with Thai yoga and Pilates, allowing students to concentrate on breath work and body awareness, while the signature Sweat Pilates sessions utilize Proformer machines, which allow students to better target muscles, improve flexibility, and climb on someone else's furniture without reproof. But no matter which class students choose, Sweat Pilates is dedicated to making sure they have fun in a positive environment.