Billy Blanks Ancient Arts Studio has an obvious ace in the hole, one that sets it apart from all its competition: Billy Blanks. The man has been the Thomas Edison of martial arts since the '90s, when he invented a new discipline: Tae Bo. He came up with the idea after working out to the Rocky soundtrack and discovering how easy exercising seemed when there was music to choreograph moves to—which is why air guitarists all double as professional bodybuilders. The full-body workout's punches and kicks torch calories and forge six packs, so much so that it's earned celebrity devotees, including Paula Abdul and Pamela Anderson. The success of TaeBo led to the development of the Billy Blanks LIVE! series—fitness DVDs that allow people to workout along to Billy Blanks from the comfort of their home.
Blanks isn't just an innovator, though. Before he created Tae Bo, he mastered the classic martial arts, earning an eighth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and five black belts in other fighting styles, including karate. In fact, he's a seven-time World Karate Champion, and a member of the Karate Hall of Fame ever since 1982, the year they stopped requiring inductees to change their names to "Karate." And his Billy Blanks Ancient Arts Studio builds on his legacy, teaching the two disciplines he knows best: Tae Bo and Tae Kwon Do.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts––all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines––upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros. The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in fitness classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Finally, at the Racquet Club of Irvine, all-ages classes offer tennis players the only clay courts in Orange County.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
My extensive education in Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.
Also I am a Volunteer Firefighter and an EMT so should an emergency happen during exercise, I'm trained!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Every workout is different.
You will constantly be learning new fun exercises.
We also talk, laugh and take the stress out of workouts and make it fun.
Results keep people motivated so I will continue to guide you for those results to continue happening.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Not only do I have an education in the field of Exercise Physiology, I'm also an athlete.
I have a passion for helping people with their overall fitness.
Essentially I'm a Health Coach for you.
Knowing that I can help is what inspires me daily!
What do you love most about your job?
Watching overall change for the better in people.
How exercise and eating habits change people so incredibly!
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Live at Universal City Walk and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started HDX Fit as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
HDX Fit also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can’t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym’s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
With a bachelor’s degree in human movement, a master’s degree in kinesiology, a certification as a personal trainer, and expertise in nine aspects of fitness, Scott Newton knows a thing or two about wellness. He puts this background to work at Kardia Life Fitness Center, where he hires other specialists to help clients shed weight and tone muscles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Flat-screen televisions adorn spacious rooms filled with treadmills and weight machines, while, elsewhere, group classes focus on functional movement. Newton and his staff emphasize accessibility, and in doing so they dedicate themselves to creating manageable plans for clients of all ages.