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.
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.
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.
Studio Barre aims to help students develop long, lean, dancer-like bodies without years of classical training or awkward interactions with giant nutcrackers. The instructors at this exercise boutique design workouts to challenge their clients, while offering quality instruction and motivated training to upbeat music that ushers participants through concentrated movements. Sessions are crafted to improve the core, glutes, and thighs as clients continue to attend sessions.
Lava Sport & Fitness offers a wide variety of monthly fitness classes across its five locations, providing fitness aficionados and exercise newcomers a spacious, mutual home base. The monthlong unlimited access to one of Lava's five gyms (up to a $298 value) includes attendance to any available fitness classes. Check the list of locations to see which classes are offered near you, and then try your hand at an indoor cycling course, or your soon-to-be blurrily speedy leg at a kickboxing class. Lava also offers group instruction on jiu jitsu, Pilates, and yoga, as well as specifically targeted workouts such as the abs class or the butt and guts course.