The atmosphere is charged with energy at the Kinetic Cycling studio, where flat-screen TVs play music videos and surround-sound speakers blast upbeat tunes. Soft lights beam up from the floor, bathing the rows of students pedaling away on stationary bicycles in blue and purple. During classes, an energetic instructor sits atop a bike in front of students, guiding them through the challenging workouts while providing inspiration and motivation.
Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.
Blazing Saddles' rides whisk guests through California's rugged, oceanic beauty. Riders embark on self-guided expeditions atop the plush seats of a hybrid bike. On self-guided sightseeing tours, riders leisurely pedal through while following provided maps or their own ancient heirloom treasure maps.
One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.
The fitness instructors at The Studios at Montecito Heights pave the way to fitness with adjoining spinning and yoga studios. During classes, the staff emphasizes form and fluidity for beginners and experienced athletes alike as they torch calories and increase flexibility. Both the spinning and yoga studios are open to the public; guests can come in and purchase a single class or sign up for multiclass packages.
For centuries, bicycles have been oppressed by the cruel, unyielding logic of gravity. Want to ride up a hill without pedaling? "Not on my watch," gravity says. Well, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals doesn't take that lying down. Their bikes give riders two power sources: pedals and a switch-activated motor. For riders who don't want to cruise the beachside alone, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals also organizes guided tours of popular Venice Beach sights, including the boardwalk, Marina Del Rey, and the secret tunnel that leads to Venice, Italy.