Bionic Body Q & A

Getting Started:

How do I sign up?

Click here to purchase a trial membership, class series, or service. 

Is there parking?

These three lots best support Bionic Body.

  • Large parking structure across the street (300 spaces) on the corner of Hermosa Ave and 13th behind Starbucks
  • Parking lot located one block south of Pier Ave, corner of Hermosa Ave & 11th St. (100 spaces).
  • Parking lot located at 13th Ct. and 13th St. (60 spaces)
  • There is ample metered parking, however, we are located on the beach and parking is in high demand. Please allow extra time to park and pay the meter machine. (The Machines do take cc cards)

What do I need to bring?

We have everything you need. Towels, filtered water, and mats. Just show up and we’ll do the rest! *Exception-We do not supply boxing gloves or wraps.

I’m a beginner, what class is best for me?

Beginners are welcome at all classes, however, the Bionic Basics class is a great place to start. This class is geared toward learning, or reviewing proper form, along with learning the basics on the Bionic Body track.

Can I get a refund if I’m injured or move?

No, unfortunately we are unable to refund any previously purchased packages per our “No Refund” policy. Our classes never expire, so you can keep them in case you return.

If you no longer want your classes, you can transfer the classes to a friend or someone you know. To do this, call the studio where you have your classes and our Client Services Representative will transfer the classes to the person you provide. This can be done now or in the future. As soon as the classes are transferred, they are no longer available for your use.

 


 

BODY:

What is Functional Training? 

Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus if a patient's job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting, if the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance, and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance.
Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, the explosive power center of the human body. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines, which target and isolate specific muscles. As a result the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their daily activities or sports. 

What are the Benefits of Functional Training? 

Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual's performance in a sport. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion.
In comparison, machines can often restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury. In 2009 Spennewyn conducted research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, which compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques, this was considered the first research of its type comparing the two methods of strength training.
Results of the study showed incredible gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group.
Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%. 
The Bionic Body Track combines the best elements of functional movements combined with traditional bodybuilding methods to help clients achieve max muscle gains, lose body fat, increase muscle balance, develop core strength, and better their joint stability. 

Can I Tone Up and Lose Weight With Resistance Bands?

Yes! Resistance bands have stood the test of time in the fitness and bodybuilding industry as well as physical therapy clinics. Until now there has not been an innovative, educational, and functionally effective solution for mounting the bands in variety of positions. This is important in order to align the angle of resistance to prevent excessive strain on the joints, tendons, and ligaments in order to prevent injury. 
The most popular way to anchor resistance bands is with a door anchor. The door anchor is not effective because it limits the positions the band can be used, it is difficult to achieve proper alignment, and does not allow free range of motion or proper biomechanics alignment. 
At Bionic Body we use a variety of different bands and attachments along with other functional training equipment to give you an effective results driven workout. 

How Does the Bionic Body Track Work?

The BBT had a swivel at the attachment point that allows the user to change direction without the bands twisting to allow the efficient move from the front position into the side and reverse position to perform pushing and pulling movements. 
Although the track is 6 feet tall, it’s sleek 1 inch wide and ½ inch thick frame is extremely user friendly and fun to use! The track has a sliding carriage that attaches to a resistance band with multiple attachments. With a simple 90-degree turn of the spring loaded knob the carriage can lock into one of the 36 positions or it can be left in the “slider” position to allow the carriage to slide freely on the track. The slider position allows the resistance band to move with the body without having to stop and re anchor the band. This position is used for dynamic functional movements, traditional strength training exercises, or simple stretching movements derived from Pilates and yoga.  
Simply put, the BBT system allows the resistance to move with you. It replaces bulky free weights, cable machines, and heavy gym equipment. 

Do you have traditional weight machines at Bionic Body?

No! We are a functional training studio and do not have traditional weight lifting machines. We have an endless variety of equipment ranging from kettle bells to monkey bars. A few other favorites are ropes, sandbags, boxing bags, slide boards, and medicine balls to name a few. 

Do you have cardio machines?

Yes! We offer 100% human powered cardio equipment that you won’t find in your traditional gym. In our upper studio we have the helix, which is a unique side to side elliptical like motion. It’s unique movement not only burns an insane amount of calories, it also tones the inner and outer thigh area while torching body fat. 


 

BEAUTY:

How can I schedule a spa treatment?

Reservations can easily be booked on line, or if you have any questions or difficulties you call the receptionist at Bionic Body by 310.376-7652. We recommend scheduling your appointment two weeks prior.

What amenities are available prior to my treatment?

Bionic Body is not a full spa, simply a loved fitness studio that wanted to reward and remind clients to take care of those muscles and your largest organ, your skin! We do have 2 restrooms and one waterfall shower. If you would like to reserve the shower prior or post treatment please include the request under “notes” when booking on line or inform the receptionist when booking appointment.

When are the spa treatments available?

Please check the schedule for a list of available times. If you would like to request an appointment that is not on the schedule please call and we will do the best to accommodate you.

Where is the treatment room located in Bionic Body?

You will be greeted in the front lobby either by your receptionist or your service Provider. They will walk you to the lounge area, which is located on the first floor next to the restroom.

Where is the best place to park?

These three lots best support Bionic Body.

  • Large parking structure across the street (300 spaces) on the corner of Hermosa Ave and 13th behind Starbucks
  • Parking lot located one block south of Pier Ave, corner of Hermosa Ave & 11th St. (100 spaces).
  • Parking lot located at 13th Ct. and 13th St. (60 spaces)

There is ample metered parking, however, we are located on the beach and parking is in high demand. Please allow extra time to park and pay the meter machine. (The Machines do take cc cards)

What is the spas cancellation policy?

Please provide at least 12 hours notice for cancellations or changes. Cancellations less than 12 hours in advance will result in a 50% charge for the scheduled services. A no-show for any service will be billed at the full price.

Where do I leave Gratuity for my service provider?

Recyclable envelopes are provided at the front desk. We ask that you please hand it to the receptionist.

How do I know how much Gratuity to leave for my service?

It all depends on how your treatment met your expectations! The appropriate amount is between 15 and 20%. If you are in a rush (or too relaxed to do the math) we do provide a gratuity chart at the front desk for your convenience.

What time should I arrive for my spa treatment?

If you are a first time client we kindly ask you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you can fill out a client skin and body wellness form, health profile?

What if I’m late for my spa treatment?

We will do our best to accommodate you. Arriving late will most likely limit the time for your spa treatment, lessening its effectiveness and your enjoyment. As your service was reserved at a specific time, your treatment will end at its set time so that the next guest is not inconvenienced and the full treatment price will apply.

What are my responsibilities as a guest?

Please advise your service provider of any special requests, sensitivities or allergies, if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. We will use this information to keep you comfortable and safe throughout your spa experience. Please notify us of any discomfort or personal preferences and/or possible concerns about your treatment regarding room temperature, music volume, massage pressure, or skin sensitivity to any product during your spa treatment.

Can I bring my kids to my spa treatment?

We do not feel this is a safe environment for your little ones, however, we are always open to special request if need be. Please call the front desk and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do you have Gift Certificates available for spa treatments?

Gift Certificates are available for a specific dollar amount or for a specific treatment.

I have never had a facial or massage before what do I wear?

To ensure your modesty, our treatment staff is trained in professional draping techniques. Most guests prefer to fully undress for their treatments, please disrobe to your personal comfort level.

Does Bionic Body use hard or soft wax?

The highest quality hard wax is used for all wax treatments. Meaning warm wax is applied to skin and removed without out a strip.

What can I do to alleviate the discomfort I feel if I’m sensitive to waxing?

We recommend no caffeinated drinks 6 hours prior to waxing. Do not wear clothes that are tight fitting or cause skin fiction after wax.

How long does my hair need to be for a Bikini wax?

Your hair must be at least 1/4 inch for any of the 3 types of Bikini waxes we offer.

I have never had a Bikini wax before what can I expect?

All Bikini waxes include 6 steps:

Disposal Underwear is provided - this is not only used to provide personal comfort but as a tool, to hold skin taught while the wax is being applied and removed.

Safe Guard Trim - if the hair is too long it may be trimmed to help with not only the comfortable upon removal but also help maintain your finished look.

Pre skin cleanser - Important in removing natural body oil, surface bacteria and closing the hair follicles to help prevent in grown.

Pre wax oil - Essential to soothe and protect the skin prior to

waxing. It also creates a barrier to prevent wax from sticking to skin and helps provide a more comfortable experience.

Post Soothing lotion or Vitamin E application - Post waxing formulations help hydrate and calm the skin.

Bolster Pillows - Its not always easy for the hips, legs and knees to hold the waxing positions. These pillows are provided to take stress off the muscles that sometimes start to tier during the wax.