Linxian Guo stands before a roaring audience at the 1988 Olympic Games, barely dropping a sweat as he prepares to take on the parallel bars. The brawny athlete pulls himself up and launches his body into the air, flipping upside-down, somersaulting elegantly, and transforming into a swan and back as the audience erupts into gasps and applause.
Linxian isn't the only champion gymnast at World Elite Gymnastics, where the staff is made up of former Olympians, Olympic coaches, and members of the Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The seasoned coaches conduct classes, host camps, and captain teams, teaching students of all ages and experience levels gymnastic form and technique while emphasizing the importance of discipline and confidence. In addition to traditional gymnastic, tumbling, and trampolining courses, they offer an innovative Urban Acrobatics class that combines acrobatics with parkour-style obstacle course training. They hold all of these classes in a sprawling gym, complete with professional balancing beams, trampolines, and mats.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
Colleen Bordages's athletic background is as varied as her classes. She has two dozen years of softball experience, a Golden Glove boxing victory, and certifications as a TRX and boot camp instructor. She combines all of this into one endeavor with MBS Conditioning, where she leads aquatic training, softball training, and athletic conditioning classes.
At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.
At South County Physical Therapy & Pilates, physical therapists and certified Pilates instructors join forces to fight unhealthiness. Co-owner and Director of Physical Therapy Melissa Walls channels experience honed during her time at the University of California Davis, where she earned a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. The physical therapy sector of the practice delivers one-on-one attention to heal patients quickly and permanently, honing in on the origin of their pain with treatments that tend to the entire person, not solely the injury or their squeakiest muscle. This therapy blends seamlessly with the second prong of the business: Pilates. Warmed by the natural light that flows through large studio windows, instructors sculpt lean torsos and cultivate body awareness during private lessons or group classes performed atop the reformer or mat.