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.
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 over 1,000 patients for face-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.
Firm Body Evolution pairs age-old practices with modern technology to help people look and feel younger. The fitness center specializes in natural weight loss and detox treatments on a cellular level to promote overall health, all the while focusing on relaxation. FBE's eclectic services work alone or in harmony to treat a slew of ailments with whole-body-vibration treatments, Jade Infrared Sauna sessions, and machine-assisted lymphatic compression massages. The generous 4,500-square-foot facility features private treatment rooms and more rarified amenities including an alkaline water station, aromatherapy-infused air, and free parking for commuter hot-air balloons.
At Muscle Under, boxers pound heavy bags and Cybex weights clink as Pilates classes strengthen and tone clients. Helmed by Australian head trainer Steve Thornberry, the 3,200 square foot facility boasts a fleet of name brand exercise equipment from Precor, Bodymaster, and Tectrix, as well as a dedicated Pilates area with multiple reformers. All trainers study and learn under Steve, and help craft unique fitness programs suited to the goals of each new client.
MALLA's freestanding equipment has roots that stretch back over hundreds of years. They evoke the poles of Mallakhamb––an Indian sport that was designed to test the strength and nimbleness of fighters. They would use the pole to support their acrobatic feats and aspiring dance careers, twisting, climbing, and flipping along its vertical length to build strength and stamina.
Today, MALLA's routines deliver similar toning effects in a mere 30 minutes. And you needn't be a soldier to sign up, as instructors have mastered progressive modifications for students of all skill levels. They guide classes through a mix of specific strength and cardio drills that utilize the exclusively engineered MALLA equipment for leverage. Sometimes participants will grip the equipment to lift their lower bodies off the ground, while other exercises have them hold onto it for balance as they extend and stretch their limbs. The regimen constitutes an invigorating group workout that activates several muscle groups and keeps heart rates elevated, all while music plays in the background, and MALLA equipment adapts itself to the fitness level of the student.