Within Bikram Yoga of Los Angeles' Covina studio, Dr. Vern Rollins helms a team of certified and passionate instructors who have taught thousands of classes and accrued hundreds of teacher-training hours. As the studio's temperature summits to 105 degrees with 40% humidity, these instructors model and explain poses, encourage deep breathing, and tiptoe around puddles. Thanks to their intimate knowledge of modifications, they capably assist students of all levels. Further, they maintain a flexible schedule of morning and evening classes that are 90 minutes apiece.
Bikram’s 26 poses and two breathing exercises work to engage the entire body with the strength and grace of a full-contact symphony-orchestra performance. Systematically isolating muscle groups one at a time, the poses begin on a mat and work up to a standing position, gradually building stamina and flexibility and jump-starting circulation. As waves of heat loosen limbs enough to make sea-anemone shadow puppets, the body begins to sweat and release toxins. The studio rents yoga mats and has onsite showers.
Monique Jaime of Yoganette Yoga describes her MO as an instructor: “I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow; it is called this because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. This style allows a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations—expect movement, not just stretching.” Jaime and the several other instructors share personal anecdotes about their professional work, in which they lead students through a variety of yoga classes, from rhythmic, dynamic yoga flows to slower-paced, stress-relieving sessions. Their flow-based classes focus on strength, balance, and flexibility, and their detox classes use twisting poses and inversions to help the body cleanse itself, which is also what the body of the Catmobile would do if it existed. The team teaches barre-fusion classes that combine barre and core work with yoga poses for sweat-inducing, fat-burning workouts. Along with yoga classes, the studio hosts knitting and crocheting meet ups, meditation series, and workshops that help awaken the chakras for improved overall wellness.
Turn N Burn Studio's seasoned instructors help students dance, stretch, and pedal toward fitness goals in more than 20 weekly classes. Designed for beginning bikers, Cycle 101's upbeat, one-hour ride raises participants' heart rates with sprinting challenges and pictures of their middle-school hairdos. Zumba sessions torch calories and tone core muscles with Latin-inspired dance moves, and Hot Hula workouts define abs, glutes, and quads with polynesian choreography set to reggae drumbeats. For a fast track to flatter torsos, trainees traverse 50-minute “Ab”tastic Bootcamp sessions, which define core muscles with interval-based workouts designed to give students time to rest, ravage, and repeat.
At CrossFit Saga, you won't see any of the weight machines and stationary cycles found in a conventional gym. In their place, pull-up bars, kettle bells, and barbells occupy 5,000 square-feet of space dedicated to small-group CrossFit workouts. A typical session at CrossFit Saga includes 10 or fewer people, meaning there's plenty of time for one-on-one instruction from their experienced coaches. Though the workouts vary each day, visitors can expect to do lifting, running, squats, and other functional movements, scaled to each individual's capabilities.
Training By Tye fitness is an ongoing indoor workout program that brings fitness instruction and motivational training together in a fun filled, activity packed workout! Teaching and allowing for better fat loss though positive thinking, goal-oriented living, & better daily choices when it comes to nutrition.
During each of Elite Boxing Academy's one-hour classes, professional boxers practice alongside students entirely new to the fighting discipline. That doesn't mean they're matched up in the ring, but it does mean that the studio is able to accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities. The instructors tweak exercises if students are finding them too easy or difficult, all while teaching and refining new techniques.