With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged 4 months to 3 years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers and kindergarteners to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes divided by ability, not age, and dance classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway.
“We believe that every child is a champion.” This mission statement informs the approach that Cal Elite Kids takes with the participants of its programs. Youngsters may learn self-reliance in gymnastics lessons, which take place on an in-ground tumble-track trampoline, on an array of beams and bars, or in the air above an in-ground foam pit. They also develop discipline in dance class; at the Rancho Santa Margarita facility, the five dance studios inspire with views of the surrounding mountains.
Cal Elite Kids’ charges can even learn how to express themselves through athletic theatrical performances or simply improve their 2 a.m. Friday-night karaoke warblings during Glee Elite sessions.
Schulein Fit Enterprises' boutique fitness centers keep bodies toned through innovative classes taught by savvy, experienced instructors. Shimmy through women-only Zumba classes at the Athletic Club for Women, which fuse fitness with Latin-inspired dances such as salsa, tango, flamenco, and the Cicero. Rippling abdominals and self-aware biceps begin with BodyRoXX classes at Back Bay Fitness, blending the core methods of spinning, cross training, Pilates, and treadmill trekking to render bodies as chiseled as an ice sculpture of Mount Rushmore. Laguna Health Club offers classes such as beach boot camp, which guides participants through rigorous military-style fitness routines in an environment that promotes both communal support and sandcastle construction.
It used to be that in order to perform acrobatic feats high in the air, you had to run off and join the circus. Now you simply have to run off to Aerial Fitness Orange County, where the circus exists in the form of aerial fitness classes. Here, students learn basic skills on the silks and the trapeze, building strength and flexibility for everyday fitness or in hopes of making it into the studio's performance-level classes. Once they arrive at the top level, they could audition for the performance troupe or test out their new techniques on nearby construction scaffolding.
Equipment: Rogue, Again Faster, Windy, Boon, Twins, Fairtex
Students should bring: Towel and appropriate workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Work hard
Alexandra Bonetti Perez spent years studying different forms of movement, including yoga, martial arts, and athletic training, as well as dance moves ranging from the worm to the water bear. She channeled all of this experience into creating an intelligent full-body workout called Bari, which has been lauded by publications ranging from Vogue and Marie Claire to New York magazine and Time.com. At locations across the country, Bari's fitness experts lead fitness classes that combine sensory and trampoline cardio with muscle sculpting and advanced technology. Bari is more than a workout, though?the Bari Studio's experienced nutritionists are also on hand to create customized nutrition programs. Bari enthusiasts can even take the studio home with them, whether that's by subscribing to BariTV or sporting the studio's apparel and jewelry.