Trainer Griffin White understands how easy it is to slip into a lethargic lifestyle. As a child, he slowly replaced sports and physical activity with a steady diet of junk food. Eventually, when hefting the extra weight he had gained grew tiresome, Griffin enrolled in the National Academy of Sports Medicine and whipped his body back into shape. Today at Mind Muscle Fitness, Griffin liberates clients from superfluous pounds using kettlebells. Exercisers swing the bulbous weights through arcs that power up multiple muscles at once, much like river dancing while directing traffic.
Griffin's kettlebell boot-camp classes, set to pulsing music, enlist this unique range of motion to tone and limber up bodies as up to 25 attendees blast through cardio and strength-building routines. He switches up workouts each class, keeping both minds and muscles engaged to speed up results more safely than outfitting a treadmill with hyperdrive. Appropriate for all skill levels, the boot camps include individual attention from Griffin, as do his personal-training sessions.
The quote, written in pink cursive letters above the workout space, says it all: “Building Lean, Mean Girlie Machines.” The brainchild of certified CrossFit coach and former fitness competitor Holly Holton, Pink Iron Gym’s mission is to create a supportive, intimidation-free environment where women can achieve fitness goals. Holton's quest to realize this goal has led to numerous media appearances that showcase her commitment to serving women of all ages and fitness levels. In an interview with E! News, which lauded Pink Iron Gym as Hollywood's Hottest New Gym, Dancing With the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer said, "It's a safe haven… You're not going to get hit on, you're not going to worry about how you're looking. You're here for yourself and that's all that matters." In addition to a main training room, a cardio area with cardio theater, and a private training space, the gym houses a spa-style dressing room with an old-Hollywood makeup counter. Here, women will find blow dryers and fluffy towels that double as full-body sweatbands.
By trading in gas pedals for bike pedals, Bikes and Hikes LA riders adopt a green method for sightseeing the shores and slopes surrounding Los Angeles on top-notch, fully suspended hybrid road bikes from specialized brands such as Trek and Fuji. Carefully researched routes—such as that of the Movie Star Homes Tour that takes guests down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip, and includes a walking tour of a famous Beverly Hills mansion—lay the groundwork for what is ranked as TripAdvisor's best tour in West Hollywood. For the LA in a Day tour, sightseers pedal by celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air before exploring picturesque Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina Del Rey. Tour guides can accommodate groups of 2–100 people, providing translators in any language and building custom experiences, such as scavenger-hunt bike rides or group levitations, upon request.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including more than 3,000 iLipo and Cavitation patients for fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
Up Dog Yoga and Cycling founder Meaghan Kennedy Townsend believes that “each of us is powerful, if only you have the courage to feel it.” She helps her students find that courage by keeping her fitness classes small, allowing instructors to individualize attention, and tailoring separate programs for beginner to advanced students. Meaghan also applies her knowledge of yoga disciplines including Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Hatha to develop a widely varied course curriculum.
The Up Dog facility also boasts a team of Johnny G Spinning–certified instructors that conducts its courses on Schwinn IC Pro stationary cycles, which are compatible with both SPD and Look pedals and guaranteed not to get cyclists roped into a newspaper route.
Dr. Naz Tofigh—who has worked in private practice for more than 15 years—fuses style with science in her dental studio, Thirty-2 Advanced Dentistry. The office’s chic decor spans the wing chair–filled waiting room to the sleekly designed treatment areas. Her staff of specialists—an endodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon—resolves complex maladies in-house, rather than outsourcing them to specialized practices or blaming toothaches on surly tongues.
The studio’s services, like its philosophy, combine aesthetics with solid know-how. Cosmetic dentistry treatments range from subtle, smile-straightening Invisalign retainers to whitening treatments. Dr. Tofigh also complements her offerings with other treatments, such as root canals and cleanings that liberate plaque from teeth.