Erica Bowen, the founder of Shine Your Light Center, had a vision to promote individual beauty from the inside out. At Shine Your Light Center, she and a staff of professional instructors and artists lead classes in Purna yoga, a style of Hatha yoga that focuses on alignment, meditation, and nutrition. Certified massage therapists promote relaxation with massages, and dance and music teachers draw inspiration from Afro-Cuban roots to lead Brazilian dance, Rumba, and Salsa classes.
Students should bring: bottle of water, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
At WorkoutLA, a team of certified trainers help students overcome obstacles?both literal and figurative. Their specialized boot-camp method incorporates exercises such as strength training, kickboxing, and yoga into outdoor workouts, a blend that challenge students to power through training in pursuit of increased fitness and confidence. Although warmups and cooldowns remain comfortingly familiar, other workouts change from session to session; students might focus on calisthenics one minute before moving on to drills inspired by athletic strength and conditioning programs. Despite the results-oriented focus, students don't need to be in shape before joining the program. Each exercise is scalable, with intensity that can be dialed up or down depending on each student's fitness level.
The certified personal trainers at Workout LA Bootcamp help clients lose weight and gain confidence during four-week bootcamp sessions. The varied outdoor workouts incorporate athletic drills, calisthenics, Pilates moves, and even yoga poses, all of which can be adapted to different fitness level. No matter where you start, exercises increase in intensity over the course of the session, so that regulars remain challenged throughout the four weeks. Other benefits of the program include increased strength and endurance, better posture, deeper relaxation, and the ability to outrun any bogeymen living under the hallway stairs.
Sweatfit LA’s co-owners, Brian Tucker and Sam Lopez, both hold personal-training certifications, which they use to create workouts that blend both exercise theory and fitness training. During personal-training sessions and small-group training classes, they design workouts that incorporate dynamic, stationary, and ballistic movements to maximize caloric expenditure and help clients achieve a sculpted body. The rest of the Sweatfit LA team rounds out a full menu of classes that includes cardio kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, and Pilates.
The workout gurus of Sweat City Fitness, formerly known as Performance Science Training Institute, found their approach to exercise in what they call the Cardio Resistance Core system. Every workout addresses each area—building cardio endurance, enhancing strength with resistance exercises, or tightening the abdomen with core work. However, each portion of the regimen can be approached in myriad ways, creating great variety within workouts that still lead cohesively toward concrete goals, such as the ability to smash a block of concrete.