Founded in 1974, Golf Academy of America makes its impact on professional golf by helping instructors earn degrees in golf-course management and jump-starting amateur golf careers. The academy's staff of PGA Professional instructors develops proper form in students whether the student's ultimate goal is an academic degree or lower scores in a casual round. Private lessons at the indoor facility focus on the individual aspects of a golfer's game that need improvement. Focused attention helps the student produce straighter drives, more holed putts, and better approaches from roughs or the even-tougher-to-navigate oil slicks.
The patter of gloves against heavy bags and the paced breathing of circling sparring partners fills The Boxing Club with energy. That's amplified by trainers, who lead classes in everything from cycling to kickboxing. There's muay thai, for example, an MMA fighting style that torches calories with flurries of flying elbows, knees, and fists, or jiu jitsu, which focuses more on grappling.
Martial arts are, in a way, just one more way of working towards physical fitness for many at the studio. Fitness goals are helped along by a full weight room, cardio area, and pilates studio. There's also a full locker room for cleaning up afterwards.
Peace Love and Yoga offers toasty hot yoga and hot Vinyasa flow sessions with fresh heat cycles as well as a cornucopia of corpus-conditioning nonyoga workouts. Drop-in classes offer a fun, nonjudgmental environment perfect for body benders of all experience levels and varying degrees of separation from Gumby. Room temperature offerings, such as feisty cardio hip-hop, free-spirited hula hooping, and spine-strengthening Pilates sessions, provide toning for the heat intolerant. The candle-lined studio, replete with warm off-white hues set against a darkened ceiling, instills calmness in students, and instructors help build the confidence and new muscles students need to remember the whereabouts of their car keys while in downward dog. The studio also offers complimentary towel and mat rental for first timers.
Carlsbad Wellness and Yoga's instructors instill stretching skills in beginner and higher-level courses, and licensed massage therapist Caylon relaxes backs through one-hour massages. Within a spacious studio, students bend limbs smoothly in daily classes that emphasize proper alignment, such as Yoga Foundation, Power & Flow, Hatha yoga, and mat Pilates. Beginner classes teach neophytes basic forms, and advanced levels incorporate inversions, modifications, and moves only possible after twisting one's body inside out. Alternatively, deft fingers help disperse back-bound tension in a soothing massage, which dissolves stressful memories of the workplace or last weekend's reality-show marathon.