Chiropractor

1st Place
Logan Osland Chiropractic
4561 Market St.,Suite C., Ventura
644-4937

2nd Place
Wilson Chiropractic and
Sports Medicine
2000 E. Main St., Ventura
643-4176

3rd Place
Dr. Sharon Macdonald @
Vitality Chiropractic
4080 Loma Vista Road, Suite H, Ventura
648-6866

Cosmetic surgeon

1st Place
Dr. Michael Pickart @
Pickart Plastic Surgery
1746 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 250, Ventura
654-8800

2nd Place
Dr. William Starr @
Anacapa Surgical Associates
3180 Loma Vista Road, Ventura
641-0141

3rd Place
Dr. Sam Bern @
Ventura Plastic Surgery Associates
1280 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 201, Ventura
642-1699

Dance instructor

1st Place
Louise Bretz @ Connexions Dance studio
275 S. Laurel St., Ventura
643-0788

2nd Place
Monica Galindo Thompson @ Premier Dance Studio
2425 W. 5th Street, Suite B, Oxnard
382-6242

3rd Place
Patricia Monico @ House of Dance
3007 Bunsen Ave., Suite E, Ventura
650-2719

EDITOR’S PICKS

Best person to help you reach your fitness goals

Martha Bangs, West Coast Strength and Conditioning, CrossFit Ventura

5777 Olivas Park Drive, suite S, Ventura (805) 644-9272 www.westcoastsc.com

If finding the motivation to get in shape is challenging, staying motivated is by far the biggest roadblock to fitness for many. That’s when a trainer can make all the difference. Martha Bangs, at West Coast Strength and Conditioning, CrossFit Ventura, is that trainer. In 2007, after spending a solid year improving her fitness level, Bangs decided to take it a step further and began body building.

2“It was probably the best decision I made, because it led me to where I am now,” she says. Her first competition was the 2007 Junior California, where she took fourth place in her class, but while placing is nice, she says “It was always about the journey.”

The path she took on that journey was the CrossFit method, a training program that incorporates weights, gymnastics, running, rowing, pushing, pulling and everything in between. At 40 years old, Bangs is in the best shape of her life, and recently traded in her career as a school teacher to become a full time coach and trainer.

“It’s such a fun community of people who workout and push each other to get better, no matter what level we are.”

The main idea behind CrossFit is to “practice everything — constantly varying movements, time domains and rep schemes,” says Bangs. As far as getting and staying in shape, Bangs’ top five suggestions are:

1. Set a goal, any goal, and make it attainable in a relatively short time (e.g., I’m going to get 10 workouts in this month).

2. Become accountable to someone — in person or online — and it should be someone who won’t help you make excuses.

3. Realize that it isn’t easy. It will take work, whatever that goal is.

4. If you fail one day, who cares? Pick yourself up and get back to it.

5. Cut out sugar or severely limit it in your diet.

— Michel Cicero

Dance studio

1st Place
Connexions Dance studio
275 S. Laurel St., Ventura
643-0788

2nd Place
Premier Dance Studio
2425 W. 5th St., Oxnard
382-6242

3rd Place
Billy clower dance studio
75 MacMillan St.,Ventura
643-5036

Dentist

1st Place
Stacy M. Schmitt, DDS
3400 Loma Vista Rd., Suite 8,
Ventura
642-6884

2nd Place
Dr. Bryan Fisch @
Ventura Center for Dental Health
2807 Loma Vista Rd., Suite 201, Ventura
656-7033

3rd Place
Dr. David Satnick
6633 Telephone Rd., Suite 220, Ventura
639-3050

Dermatologist

1st Place
Peter L. Karlsberg, MD
1190 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 300, Ventura
677-1600

2nd Place
Dr. Ross Kaplan@Coastal Dermatology
3615 Las Posas Rd., Suite F100
484-2813

3rd Place
Dr. Robert Jordan
3400 Loma Vista Rd., Suite 1,
Ventura
644-9321

Family physician

1st Place
James W. Horstein, MD
2793 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
643-9292

2nd Place
Dr. Thomas McBreen
2929 Loma Vista Rd., Suite E, Ventura
653-5741

3rd Place
Robert Dodge, MD @
Brent Street Family Practice
168 N. Brent St., Suite 502, Ventura
641-2000

EDITOR’S PICKS

Best place to embrace your inner superhero

Sky High Sports

166 Aviador St., Camarillo, www.jumpskyhigh.com

As Confucius once famously said, “Never trust a person who doesn’t like trampolines.” They are by all accounts one of mankind’s finest inventions and the good news is they’re not just for kids anymore. At Sky High Sports nestled off the 101 in Camarillo, multiple trampoline courts in a massive facility provide endless hours of entertainment for all ages.

2It’s a type of place where even the most stuck in the mud, gloom merchants are forced to crack a smile as they launch themselves into the stratosphere.

Just recently opened in the county, beyond being a top notch kid’s birthday destination, Sky High is gaining notoriety for its organized dodge ball games, where the standard schoolyard game is infused with the ability to quite literally fly in the air. One hasn’t really lived until he’s cut down an opposing dodge ball player while doing his best Spiderman impression. At Sky High, you can rent a private court, complete with a ref, or join in on the random pick-up games throughout the week. Another wildly popular aspect is trampoline workouts, which are standard aerobic classes (known as airobics) but with the added intensity of the bounce that makes the usual tedious workout session turn into a giddy good time.

Unlike the traditional backyard trampoline, where generations have fallen to their first broken bones, there’s minimal risk of injury as the walls at Sky High are also made out of NASA-approved trampoline material. Besides being safe, the walls also offer serious trampers the ability to engage in some super cool, ninja-worthy tricks that may soon warrant their own category in the Olympics or at least the X Games.

Regardless of what you hit Sky High for, be it fun, fitness or athletics, be warned, it’s an intense workout. You’ll leave drenched in sweat and you’ll be sore the following day for sure, but deep inside you’ll be content because you’ll finally know what it’s like to be Peter Pan.

— Chris Jay

Gym

1st Place
Mavericks Gym
5171 Telegraph Rd., Ventura
642-9600

2nd Place
B-Real
2440 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo
383-3700

3rd Place
True North FItness & Health
6019 Olivas Park Dr., Suite D,
Ventura
650-1239

Holistic practitioner

1st Place
Lisa Wong @ Holistic Healing Center
2856 5700 Ralston St., Ventura
653-6008

2nd Place
Ema’s Herbs
695 E. Main St., Ventura
648-6426

3rd Place
Shannon Sosebee @ a place of Peace
2021 Sperry Ave., Suite 22, Ventura
794-9878

Licensed massage therapist

1st Place
Shannon Mathey @
 ArchiTexture
25 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura
641-3900

2nd Place
kim freetly @
Massage for Peak
performance
4561 Market St., Ventura
612-0968

3rd Place
The Massage Place
4255 E. Main St., Suite 4, Ventura
477-7501;

652 E. Main St., Ventura
652-1450;

2100 Outlet Center Dr., Suite 360, Oxnard
485-0568

Martial arts studio

1st Place
Gracie MORUMBI Fabio
Leopoldo
2160 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura
643-7717;

182 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite A
Thousand Oaks
496-1610

2nd Place
Camarillo kenpo karate
596 Mobil Ave., Camarillo
504-1357

3rd Place
Newbury park martial arts center
1111 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Suite 503,
Newbury Park
499-9033

Personal trainer

1st Place
Shannon yontz @
Truth North Fitness & health
6019 Olivas Park Dr., Suite D,
Ventura
650-1239

2nd Place
Randy Shoemaker @ 805 boot camp
3406 Monticello Ave., Simi Valley
823-3409

3rd Place
colin jenkins @ West coast Strength and conditioning
5777 Olivas Park Dr., Suite S,
Ventura 644-9272

Pilates studio

1st Place
Mind & Body Wellness Studio
1445 Donlon St., Suite 9, Ventura
654-8354

2nd Place
Pilates Influence
3150 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard
479-1066

3rd Place
Ventura Pilates Studio
1455 E. Main St., Ventura
648-4191

Yoga center

1st Place
Yoga Jones
105 S. Oak St., Suite 200, Ventura
643-5669

2nd Place
Camarillo yoga Center
5800 Santa Rosa Rd., Suite 127, Camarillo
484-8810

3rd Place
The Yoga Channel @
Silverstrand Beach
2520 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard
984-2520

Yoga instructor

1st Place
Audrey Walser @ camarillo
yoga Center
5800 Santa Rosa Rd., Suite 127, Camarillo
484-8810

2nd Place
Pixie Kastrup @ yoga jones
2750 E. Main St., Ventura
890-4863

3rd Place
Maribeth Hammond @ The The Yoga Channel at Silverstrand Beach
2520 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard
984-2520