At Barry’s Bootcamp in Venice, a new class called Release was introduced. “The 50-minute class includes soft-tissue release, dynamic stretching and static stretching,” explains Barry’s CEO and instructor Joey Gonzalez. “That means cardiovascular intervals on a treadmill and strength training on the floor to quickly tone muscle, maximize fat loss and increase your metabolism,” he says.
Bunda founder Katie Lilly left Equinox to open a studio dedicated to the “bunda” (slang for “butt” in Portuguese). “Training your lower body is very metabolic,” she says. “You need to do it to initiate a change in your body.” Lilly’s 50-minute workouts are split between the StairMaster and her custom Bunda station, which combines training bands, weights and a bench.
Massage therapist Jovanni Pratt is also in the business of restorative care and injury prevention. That’s why the 17-year veteran co-founded Stretch Tek, an on-demand, mobile service that summons a certified massage therapist or trained instructor to stretch you. “People need to have some kind of flexibility training, to get the lactic acid that builds up when you exercise moving,” says Pratt. Together with her business partner, Brian Gordon, a chiropractor and acupuncturist, Pratt and her crew offer 30-minute private sessions and 15-minute corporate sessions at places like WeWork.
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