The air-dwelling instructors at Schulein Fit Enterprises’ Anaheim CrossFit West location get clients off the ground for unique fitness classes that utilize artistic maneuvers on silks, lyra (rings), and the trapeze to blend beauty and grace with fitness. During aerial-skills classes, small groups of one to four students gather around the three fitness and artistic apparatuses and learn to perform amazing tricks, wraps, and suspended falls as seen in awe-inspiring productions of Cirque du Soleil and less graceful productions of cats attacking curtains. Under the watchful eye of an instructor, students climb their suspended fabric, rings, and trapeze, using magnificent aerial exercises to create fluid art while working out their core and boosting stamina, body control, and flexibility. The one-hour classes are limited in size, maximizing personal attention from the instructor.
Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
Jeff Roberto, a sushi expert, brings a plethora of experience to his San Diego sushi oasis. He has catered large events of up to 16,000 guests as well as the sets of such Hollywood films as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Elizabethtown. Inside SOAR (Sushi On A Roll) he constructs specialty rolls filled with shrimp tempura, seared tuna, spicy scallops, and sashimi and nigiri rolls featuring fresh water eel and squid.
Roberto also leads group explorations in the art of sushi preparation during interactive sushi-making classes held inside a private sushi bar. Two-hour classes commence with an assessment of how many edamame you can stuff in your cheeks before you begin tucking vegetable fillings in sheets of seaweed with the help of a bamboo mat. Students jot down notes on the proper consistency of sushi rice, when to sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, and how to repurpose chopsticks as the mast of a ship-in-a-bottle.
A koi mural provides the backdrop for the expansive 30-seat sushi bar, which is outlined in neon to highlight the dramatic curve of the space. The expansive venue, which accommodates up to 100 people, is popular among large groups of friends looking for a fun outing and U.S. senators playing hooky. Free parking is also available.
Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio’s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that’s not straight from their rooftop, they’ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they’re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.
Barcelona-born Philolingua Language School founder Jordi Lluch knows what it's like to learn a foreign language. After extensive linguistics studies and more than 23 years teaching six languages through Berlitz language school's various locations, Lluch established Philolingua. Throughout his years as both student and teacher, he worked to synthesize a learning approach that would mimic the way children pick up their first language: hearing it spoken, responding back, and getting a feel for grammar through intensive practice. The school's resulting approach aims to quickly establish fluency and build practical vocabulary. Using an intuitive, conversational style, a foreign-born instructor shares native speaking skills for real-life situations, such as asking for directions or demanding an entree not listed on a menu.
The trainers at Family Gym eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to fitness, understanding that people at different ages require different resources.They cater to a range of developmental phases, making them the perfect family gym. While parents take advantage of babysitting services, they can attend group fitness classes that the trainers scale to each individual's fitness level. These sessions are based on yoga, salsa dancing, and martial arts, and are held in both English and Spanish.
Engine Room Fitness chars calories with a semiweekly schedule of Indo-Row classes helmed by two former members of the U.S. Olympic rowing team. One-hour, low-impact rowing sessions smolder up to 600 calories and rouse stagnating muscles with coached repetitions that fortify legs and arms, abdominals, and the muscle in the back that controls the stock market. The classes foster solidarity among members with team, partner, and full-group workouts led by encouraging and helpful instructors. The Indo-Row machine's patented flywheel tank emulates the salty sound of crashing waves, while built-in monitors help stationary scullers measure progression by displaying rowing speed, total distance, calories burned, and nearby ports.