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The certified instructors at Pilates Sculpt Studio forge strong muscles and mind-body connections through the system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Pilates, the son of two gymnasts, devoted his lifetime to studying fitness. He eventually developed his signature Pilates method as a way to help heal old injuries and correct poor postures. His exercises and stretches, using the body as resistance, are especially useful for people who sit at their desks all day or sleep on lava rocks at night.

302 North 1st Avenue
Arcadia,
CA
US

Equipment: _Precor Cardio, Hoist and Technogym. Battle ropes, heavy bags, and TRX

Students should bring: Towel, yoga mats if needed, water bottle

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2011

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Q&A with Joe Gerety, President

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

First by offering them a non-intimidating atmosphere. We also offer a free orientation to every new member and over 50% off our personal training starter packs to help increase a person's chances of success. I have personally seen a much higher rate of success when a new member starts out using a good personal trainer. A good certified trainer will help you avoid injuring yourself, keep you accountable and motivated, help you select good food choices by designing a healthy meal plan, and keep you on a path to success through their expertise and experience while having fun.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

I have seen quite a few people lose between 100 to 200 pounds and make some amazing transformations. I have also seen clients gain significant amounts of muscle while losing body fat, but if I had to pick one I would pick a trainer who works at World Gym. He recently decided to enter a men's physique competition and weighed around 240 pounds and needed to drop at least 40. He trained very hard and became very serious about his diet. After four months he had dropped over 50 pounds and looked fantastic with 5% body fat. Through the process he had great energy and never got moody because he was still able to eat a good amount of food while shedding the pounds.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are also a smaller neighborhood type gym that has people from all walks of life. We are never overcrowded and you never have to sign up for treadmills like some of the bigger box clubs.

1838 E Route 66
Glendora,
CA
US

As a fitness instructor and nutritionist, Tina Marie Schneider had almost every kind of client. She helped rehabilitate people at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, she developed regimens to give celebrities flat tummies or muscular shoulders at Paramount Studios, and she coached professional athletes in their kitchens as the nutritionist for the LA Galaxy. The one type of client she didn't see enough of, though, was regular men and women. So, she and her husband, Tim, opened Spin 360 - Weight Loss Center in 1998 to provide a private, supportive place for average Janes and Joes to work out and diet.

Tina's fitness regimens focus largely upon the intense cardio exercise to be found atop her dozens of Spinner bikes, though she also maintains a strength training room for private workouts. She combines this program with her nutritional coaching, teaching people how to eat an ideal protein diet to support high levels of physical activity while encouraging the body to shed pounds. She points out that the most important aspect of dieting is not the initial weight loss, but learning how to maintain results at the end of the diet by eating right and running alongside the car instead of driving.

757 E Arrow Hwy.
Glendora,
CA
US

Established: 1983

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Bulldog Gym, Inc.'s forest of free weights and jungle of gym equipment may look familiar, but it's the gym's invisible assets that make it exceptional. The on-site trainers?who specialize in working with teenage athletes?help members put together personalized workout, drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the forever-evolving fitness industry. Though they start by helping their clients determine what their output should be, they also extend their coaching to input. They construct customized diets designed to give each individual the right combination of nutrients to reach their personal goals, such as finally breaking through the food pyramid.

757 E Arrow Hwy
Glendora,
CA
US

Each class at StudioFit is unique because each of the certified instructors choreographs an exercise routine set to a custom mix of heart-pumping music and lights. They welcome students of all fitness levels for spinning, cardio-kickboxing, and Zumba classes held within a spacious mirrored studio. In spinning classes, exercisers straddle stationary bikes as they pedal along to different resistances. In kickboxing, they make their ways through boxing techniques that fuel cardio workouts. In Zumba classes, dancers move to Latin-based rhythms and music, shaking their hips and performing cardiovascular dance moves more fun than the power-walking man.

9321 Whittier Blvd
Pico Rivera,
CA
US

A triathlete since 2004, Brandon Hament knows cycling's physical rigors and benefits firsthand. At The Cycle Annex - the indoor cycling facility Brandon has run since 2007 - his crew of instructors imbue beginners with pedal-pumping confidence at introductory sessions during which pupils first familiarize themselves with their bike before hopping on and burning calories. For cycling students of all levels, Brandon's team lead more intensive workouts such as the Ultimate 90, a combination of core and strength training that segues into an hour of riding. An abdominal workout on yoga mats follows cycling during AB 20 sessions, while interval cycling gives way to running and stretching during brick workouts. In between exercises, guests can hydrate with complementary gulps of The Cycle Annex's oxygenated, filtered water.

807 'B' Meridian Ave
South Pasadena,
CA
US