Turn N Burn Studio's seasoned instructors help students dance, stretch, and pedal toward fitness goals in more than 20 weekly classes. Designed for beginning bikers, Cycle 101's upbeat, one-hour ride raises participants' heart rates with sprinting challenges and pictures of their middle-school hairdos. Zumba sessions torch calories and tone core muscles with Latin-inspired dance moves, and Hot Hula workouts define abs, glutes, and quads with polynesian choreography set to reggae drumbeats. For a fast track to flatter torsos, trainees traverse 50-minute “Ab”tastic Bootcamp sessions, which define core muscles with interval-based workouts designed to give students time to rest, ravage, and repeat.
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.
At CrossFit Saga, you won't see any of the weight machines and stationary cycles found in a conventional gym. In their place, pull-up bars, kettle bells, and barbells occupy 5,000 square-feet of space dedicated to small-group CrossFit workouts. A typical session at CrossFit Saga includes 10 or fewer people, meaning there's plenty of time for one-on-one instruction from their experienced coaches. Though the workouts vary each day, visitors can expect to do lifting, running, squats, and other functional movements, scaled to each individual's capabilities.
Black Velvet Pole Fitness knows that pole dancing is the perfect exercise to incorporate aerobic, dance, and core training into one workout. Its classes achieve this in small groups of up to 10 students and vary by level, from Beginner Pole Fitness for beginners—which focuses on fitness work and beginning techniques—to Intermediate Spinning Pole for intermediate to advanced. Every student gets her own pole to practice spins and tricks on in an all-female environment to emphasize empowerment.
Oak Tree Lanes pulls in pin snipers with three-dozen lanes and a full slate of bowler-friendly amenities. Take aim at a clustered quarry and send your spheroid down the lane, leaving the alley's electronic scoring system to deal with the arcane rules and complex logarithms that govern the tallying of each frame. Bumpers are available to help kids and adults with childlike motor skills keep pin torpedoes on the right track, and a playroom is also on hand to cater to children (ages 2–7) too frightened by alternative footwear to take part in the lane games. Because bowling, like most rock-throwing activities, is better in the dark, Oak Tree Lanes also offers Thunder Alley, a Friday- and Saturday-night bowling experience filled with black lights, lasers, satellite radio, and fog machines, giving adults a fun alternative to conventional bowling and helping kids prepare for renting DVDs of Pink Floyd laser light shows. Oak Tree Lanes also offers weary lane warriors and pin pacifists a number of options for refueling, including a snack bar and sports bar.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
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