Matteo Baker didn't put “220” in the name of his fitness center just to help people remember its street address. He did it to remind them of his goal for the center's services: to be “second to none.” With body-bolstering services that range from personal training to acupuncture to nutritional counseling, 220 Fitness and Wellness blends conventional gym practices with holistic wellness therapy to forge a multifaceted approach to health. While in one of three studios or out on the beach, guests can get hearts pumping in one of the center's group classes, including boot camp, karaoke cycling, and yoga, each of which take place frequently enough to let latecomers find a fun alternate class and early comers join in the previous class's naptime. When workouts are finished, the modern facility's licensed and certified health practitioners work to help guests recover from or prevent injuries with physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Underneath blue skies, students geared up in masks, fins, and snorkels dive into an outdoor, heated training pool to learn how to breathe underwater. As students acclimate to the water, certified instructors lead them through courses of varying levels, such as the introductory Discover Scuba course, that teach breathing basics and safety techniques. After mastering the fundamentals, Scuba Schools of America can take water enthusiasts to the beach or out into the Pacific for open-water dives where they'll implement full dive-planning methods and artistic poses atop opened clamshells. For those seeking certification, Scuba Schools of America teaches intensive classes and specialty programs such as underwater photography and rescue diving.
Founded by UFC veteran and Brazilian jiujitsu expert Romie Aram and his friends, Millennia MMA is a popular mixed martial arts school that has been training fighters—including several top-ranked professionals—for more than a decade. The academy has a new location in Chino Hills, where both adults and kids can train in a spacious facility outfitted with heavy bags, padded floors, and a raised boxing ring. In fitness classes led by qualified instructors, students learn the grappling and ground-fighting moves of Brazilian jiujitsu, or sweat their way through challenging cardio kickboxing or boot camp sessions. Other offerings include boxing, judo, and MMA.
During each of Elite Boxing Academy's one-hour classes, professional boxers practice alongside students entirely new to the fighting discipline. That doesn't mean they're matched up in the ring, but it does mean that the studio is able to accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities. The instructors tweak exercises if students are finding them too easy or difficult, all while teaching and refining new techniques.
Heart & Pride Muay Thai and Fitness complements improved health with the ethics of muay thai: self-control, respect, dignity, courtesy, patience, and self-confidence. Head instructor Kru Mickey Rubinson and his staff teach muay-thai classes geared toward adults and children, and strength-and-conditioning boot-camp classes.
Beneath Mount Baldy, which cuts a snowy wedge from the horizon, Claremont Golf Course's nine holes form a grassy emerald pool. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden lies adjacent to the golf course, filling the air with the scents of native Californian flora and punishing players with penalty strokes for always using roses in their poetic metaphors. Totaling 1,915 yards from the back tees, with just one hole longer than 300 yards, the nine-hole executive course does not present a lengthy undertaking. Taken along with the lighted driving range and practice area, the comparatively short course is a great place for beginners to start out and for more experienced golfers to practice the short game or use their golf balls that bruise easily.
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