Fitness is not just about the way you look but regards your overall health in the long-run. Not only does it involve exercise, but nutrition and lifestyle habits too. These personal trainers have dedicated many years to perfect a unique coaching style so that they could change how others look and feel about themselves.
Word of Health would like to recognize these few individuals and their fitness career. It is a 24/7 job where they must stay on top of their game and their client’s fitness goals as well.
1. Bryan Greene– The Look Fitness
Bryan Greene began his fitness career as a world-class competitive skier. After a career-ending hip/back injury, he began studying physical therapy and weight lifting to aid in his recovery. It worked, and in a matter of months after his major surgery, he began to share the experience and education of his rehabilitation with others. He founded Fitness to You in 2007 to bring personalized fitness plans to many, helping them find the strength to succeed. He is known as THE private trainer to professional cheerleaders across the nation. Now, Bryan brings his unique style of training and personalized customer service to Newport Beach, California, with The LOOK Fitness. He designed a concept of the gym that would cater to the client and a facility that put the member first. It is a concept of having a comfortable, convenient place to enjoy your workout while having the most advanced equipment in the market. His vision was to create a gym environment that people enjoyed. The LOOK is a change from the nonsensical initiation fees, enrollment fees, the pressure sales, the constant nuisance of “the gym.”
2. Natalie Thomas- In Motion OC
Dr. Natalie Thomas is thoroughly educated in her field. She has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences. Natalie earned her Masters of Physical Therapy Degree with honors from Loma Linda University. She is highly skilled in Orthopedic Manual Therapy which is evidenced by her extensive continuing education in orthopedics. She has been trained directly under renowned orthopedic therapists such as Ola Grimsby, earning 150 contact hours, as well as the equally renowned Joe Godges, earning over 100 contact hours. Her well rounded continuing education also includes Pilates, Postural Strength & Conditioning, Strain/Counter-Strain, Aquatic Therapy, Yoga-Integrated Rehab, Mulligens Movement of the Spine, to name a few. Additionally, she has tremendous experience in her field. Before founding In Motion O.C., she worked in a variety of different environments including Orthopedic, In Patient Acute Rehabilitation, In Patient Neuro Rehabilitation, Aquatic Therapy, etc. Natalie is also a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She has a passion for helping people through Nutrition and Kangen Water. Natalie loves spending time with her husband Jeff and their 4 small children.
3. Jon Jung- Jungle Fitness OC
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jon Jung moved down to Orange County on an academic scholarship to attend the University of California, Irvine. As a student Jon, also worked as a pharmacy tech and an athletic trainer. There he studied Pre-Med and Business. His pre-med emphasis was on Biochemistry, Kinesiology, Sports Medicine and Nutrition. With the love for traveling the world, his business major was international studies with an emphasis on business management, marketing, finance and education. As soon as Jon graduated from UC Irvine in 2004, Jon pursued his dream to open his own fitness and health business. This passion sparked in 2002 when he competed in powerlifting then later bodybuilding, fitness model campaigns and men’s physique. In 2007 & 2008 he was internationally recognized as Mr. Asia. He is nationally qualified in the National Physique Committee (NPC) in both bodybuilding and men’s physique. He balances managing a business with spending time with family and friends, traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.
4. Adam To– Aesthetic Bodies OC
Prior to Adam To’s life in fitness, he used to be an introvert and self-secluded guy. He has overcome many internal and physical struggles and has been through ups and downs with his confidence until he then decided to embark on a journey to help others unlock their true potentials. Now he strives to help others find their own self-confidence like he did with the power of fitness. That was when he enrolled into an accelerated Personal Training course at a private academy in Orange, CA to become a certified personal trainer. Taught and trained hands-on from a popular Kinesiology conditioning-specialist, Adam graduated and wanted to use his skills by working at a local commercial gym in the fall of 2012. Now he is certified in National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), AAAI-ISMA- CPT (American Aerobic Association International, and International Sports Medicine Association- Certified Personal Trainer). Driven by passion, Adam launched and founded his personal training service, Aesthetic Bodies OC, at a private gym in Irvine, CA in May of 2013. Adam and Aesthetic Bodies OC use their cutting-edge personal training techniques to help clients surpass their goals to achieve their ideal aesthetically pleasing bodies by customizing different programs to clients with numerous and specific goals.
5. Daniel Tatro- OC Fitness Coach
Owner Dan Tatro has been training clients of all ages and conditions since moving to California in 2009, but his background in physical education stretches far beyond that. Through his experience, Dan has developed unique science-based fitness classes and fitness workouts that are geared toward promoting health, happiness, and longevity. His goal is to constantly educate clients about health and wellness through physical activity and consumption of minimally processed foods high in vitamins and minerals. Tatro graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2009, he opened Oc Fitness Coach and is the head coach focusing on lifestyle habits, weight loss, and nutrition.
6. Danny Lee- OC Life Fitness
As a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and a Certified Personal Trainer under the National Council of Strength and Fitness, Danny Lee has been given the knowledge and tools necessary to plan out the right workout. Danny has been serving the Orange County for four years as a personal trainer and now he brings his expertise of personal training at an affordable price. He is dedicated to helping make a positive impact on people’s life at OC Life Fitness. Cutting fat, slimming down, and helping people look and feel great is what he does best. The OC Life Fitness program is designed to help you reshape and transform your body into the best possible physique. They offer celebrity style workouts that are guaranteed to get you in shape and out of your funk. Always different, always intense – their workouts will melt away body fat and burn many, many calories.
7. Trisha Buck- The 12
Trisha Buck is the director of training at The 12. She is a highly skilled and energetic Fitness Professional with advanced training in teaching Group Fitness classes and Personal Training. Trisha possesses high-quality leadership and managerial skills with a passion for continual growth. She enjoys captivating and inspiring others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals. Trisha was previously a group fitness instructor at Equinox for cycle/ spin, strength, and cardio. She was also the Director of pilates and yoga at the Atlas Wellness Center. Her vision is to design a fun, innovative and plateau-proof workout programs that will generate high energy in her group training classes. She strives to build positive relationships with members to ensure a high-quality experience and customer service.
8. Harrel Carman- Innovative Results
Harrel has long been passionate about physical fitness.Harrel’s favorite aspect of personal training is “how I get to interact with other people. Helping them learn more about themselves and the strength they have inside them.” He has competed in Baseball, Football, Basketball, Tennis, and Track & Field. You can still find him playing basketball most Saturday mornings and he has been competing in Flag Football tournaments with the same team for over 15 years. Harrel also regularly competes in Kettlebell Sport events and has won multiple awards lifting the 32kg kettlebell in the Men’s 85kg bodyweight division. Such an admirable commitment to physical health is actually grounded in a promise to others. His active lifestyle is further complemented by a background in personal training, one that Carman has continued to expand over the last ten years. He has completed certifications in NASM, Functional Range Conditioning, Onnit Battle Ropes and Steel Clubs, Orange Kettlebell Club, SCUBA, and CPR.
9. Saman Bakhtiar- The Camp Transformation Center Irvine
Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is the Co-Founder of The Camp Transformation Center. He has helped transform thousands of people not only physically but what he feels is even more important “mentally”. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Bakhtiar has degrees in nutrition and pre-medicine. He is also the author of the popular book “The Total Body Transformation Secrets”. His passion for “body transformations” began with his own. Dr. Bakhtiar, transformed his own physique from a scrawny, awkward kid to a Champion bodybuilder who holds the record of having a first place title in every weight class. Today, he is a proud husband and father of two beautiful girls and a devoted family and businessman.
10. Kara Miklaus– Work
Kara Miklaus got her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Marine Ecology and a Master’s in Public Health. She is certified in Total Resistance Exercises (TRX), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), NTC Master Trainer, CPR/AED BLS for Healthcare Providers, Schwinn Certified, and Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Currently, she is the co-owner and director of Happy Clients at Work. Prior to this Kara was a cycling instructor at Full Psycle and Corporate Wellness Consultant at H.U.M.A.N (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition). Her favorite foods to indulge in are chocolate, ice cream, and peanut butter. The quote she lives by to help her become motivated is: “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.”
Top Dentists in Irvine
Dental health is extremely crucial in not just enhancing our teeth but also impacting the quality of life. Word of Health would like to take the time to highlight a few of these dentists. Below is a list of the top ten dentists in the Irvine area.
Sarah Jebreil, D.D.S.
Dr. Sarah received her undergraduate degree at the University of California Irvine and then went on to receive her dental degree from the prestigious University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She has taken numerous courses in esthetic dentistry and is an Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), being one of 350 dentists in the world to hold this status. Accreditation with AACD requires a demonstrably high level of proficiency in cosmetic dentistry and an unwavering dedication to continuing education on responsible patient care.
Dr. Peter J. Lee, D.D.S.
Dr. Peter J. Lee completed his undergraduate education at Emory University (Chemistry, B.A.) in Atlanta, GA, and continued on to New York University College of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree in 2001. He then completed further residency training at Peninsula Hospital in Queens, New York in 2002. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society. Dr. Peter J. Lee and his friendly and professional staff provide highly individualized comprehensive care utilizing the most modern technology and techniques. Dr. Lee takes his time to listen to questions and concerns about your dental health and provides up-to-date information and available options for treatment. Dr. Lee offers a gentle touch, catering to the most apprehensive patient. His mission is to provide exemplary dental care by applying the “Golden Rule” to dentistry. Dr. Lee and his staff treat patients the way we ourselves want to be treated — with compassion and integrity. Dr. Lee’s office is individually-owned and patient-centered.
Dr. Jeffery Robertson, D.D.S.
Dr. Robertson earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Pacific Union College, then studied at Loma Linda University, where he received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). He has been providing dental care in Irvine since 1986. Dr. Robertson has trained with some of the world’s most prominent sedation dental specialists. He is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and is rapidly becoming known as the Irvine area’s leading dentist for people who want sedation dentistry.
Pinal Shah, D.D.S.
Dr. Pinal Shah received her dental degree from Pune University, India in 1995 and completed her General Practice Residency at the prestigious Nair Hospital, Mumbai in 1997. She moved to the United States in 1999, received her California Dental License in 2001 and has been practicing dentistry in Orange County since then. She continues to enhance her professional skills through continuing education courses and seminars at USC and UCLA. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Shah has been providing her patients with a wonderful dental experience that combines care with compassion, dedication and integrity. She is known for her friendliness and willingness to listen and explain everything. Her office implements the latest in dental materials and technology, including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, periodontal lasers and all porcelain crowns and veneers, ensuring the best available treatment options.
Dr. Sean Yu, D.D.S.
Dr. Yu completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, and graduated with honors from New York University College of Dentistry in 2003. After graduating dental school, he completed a general practice residency at Maimonides Medical Center, New York. Since 2006, Dr. Yu has maintained a private dental practice in Orange County focusing on comprehensive dental care, including cosmetic, implant, and preventive dentistry. Dr. Yu is an approachable and friendly doctor who is easy to communicate with. He believes that sincerity and finest quality of care to be of upmost importance in the treatment of his patients. He pursues a family practice that builds long term relationships by providing excellent service with empathy and compassion. His outstanding work and gentle care is the reason why he is largely referred to by all of his patients. He continuously keeps up with the latest treatments in dental implants, general dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry by attending numerous continuing education courses.
Note: This is not a ranking article. The doctors are selected based on their visibility on search engines including Google and Yahoo and online reviews.
Top Yoga Apps of 2019
Many people practice yoga to merge the mind and the body and to seek out physical and mental health benefits. But did you know that there are apps available to facilitate your yoga sessions? Word of Health would like to recognize some of the top apps that will optimize your yoga experience.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the applications store on your smartphone.
This highly-rated app offers around 500+ asanas, 200+ guided yoga classes for everyone from beginners to masters. Coaches also facilitate workshops that will tailor to your needs and will help you stay on top of your yoga routine. The app also offers a global community to share ideas and stay updated on the latest campaigns.
Keep Yoga helps connect the mind and the body by providing more than 400 asanas and 10 yoga session plans. Real person guidance will provide detailed descriptions and will give you a deeper understanding
With 450+ yoga poses in the app, Lotus Yoga tailors your yoga work out to your focus or level of experience. There are also 100+ of yoga and pilates classes in different categories to fit your desired needs. You also have the option of creating your own programs to track your progress.
Yoga Down Dog
Down Dog provides more than 30,000 configurations so that you are not repeating the same workout. The app also focuses on relieving back pain by stretching and strengthening certain areas of the back. To enhance the user experience, Yoga Down Dog offers dynamic changing music and a different set of voices for voice-guided instruction.
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
This app presents 170+ ready-made yoga videos along with guided meditations. But what sets Yoga Studio apart from other apps is the option to customize or create your own HD video classes. Furthermore, the smart-link feature will help transition from one pose to the next. For reference, there is a yoga library with detailed information about each pose with corresponding images.
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
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