The instructors at Rado's Fitness, including the titular Rado himself, lead students through challenging Pilates and spin classes within their fully stocked studio. They use the core-tightening exercises of Pilates and the high-cardio, low-impact nature of spinning to help students of all levels build strength, flexibility, and confidence.
Historical photos of Dana Point cover the walls of Pacific Coast House of Rides, giving patrons a foretaste of the sights they may see if they set out on one of the store’s gas scooters, bikes, and ATVs. Available for rental or purchase, the expansive selection includes some items that can be shipped to customers for free from warehouses across the country. As a top distributor for BMS Motor, the shop also outfits riders with parts and accessories, such as helmets for safe driving and even safer haircuts.
Monkey bars glint in the sun, surrounded by a grassy expanse and a line of giddy guests waiting their turn in line. But these jungle-gym enthusiasts aren’t children—they’re the muscular boot campers in Training Camp’s expansive backyard. In the verdant field, certified trainers lead small, motivated groups through a Cross Training workout of the day, challenging them with sprints around the 1/8–mile track, ropes that hang from lofty trees, or lifting weights in the outdoor weight room. They switch up the routines daily to keep muscles interested, and they scale exercises to suit the fitness levels of all guests.
Training Camp’s instructors also move inside the 4,000-square-foot facility to lead hot-yoga classes. They modify moves within an exposed-brick and soft-floor studio, helping students deepen their stretch as hot air loosens muscles. When not in classes, students can unwind in the smoothie bar and lounge, sinking into the cozy leather couches and awaiting a turn in the private massage room.
Students of all abilities are welcome at Yoga Bungalow, whose instructors emphasize not only the physical aspects of yoga but strive to help yogis also reap the mental benefits. Whether building muscle in intermediate classes or mastering the basic postures in a beginner-friendly stretch session, students will learn how to link deep breaths with their movement, syncing together their minds and bodies.
Fitness Elite For Women of Laguna Niguel creates an environment where women can gather to improve their lives through exercise and healthy living. To add variety to exercises, more than 19 fitness classes supplement the center’s state-of-the-art workout machines. Spinning classes can burn an average of 400 calories during a 40-minute ride, turbo kick classes build energy with kickboxing moves and music, and hatha yoga classes promote balance and flexibility with stretches and breathing exercises. Childcare services and personal trainers help members focus on improving their bodies and minds, and a steam room detoxes and relaxes after a long workout. To ensure patrons have access to a full range of wellness services, the fitness center also offers nutrition and weight loss management, massages, and skin care treatments.
Just as the thermostat inside Beyond Hot Yoga’s studio fluctuates between 75 and 105 degrees, the classes themselves include a wide range of poses tailored to various levels of experience. Calories and inhibitions melt away with each successive pose in Bikram- and Vinyasa-style yoga classes that put students in touch with their bodies through continuous stretching. Aerobics offerings such as Zumba and boot camps suit different fitness tastes, favoring energetic movements instead of meditative poses.
Though the studio hosts a diverse slate of lessons, an undercurrent of camaraderie remains a constant. Instructors emphasize serenity and fellowship both inside and outside classes, making it easier to achieve inner peace by hosting rambunctious youngsters in a childcare room and holding donation-based sessions whose proceeds benefit South African orphanages.
Guests can also harness a sense of inner calm through the studio's various wellness treatments. Skincare services, massages, and custom nutritional tips refresh physiques, and a stop in the women-only steam room can help detoxify the body and shrink oversize yoga mats.
Tspoons' experienced chefs impart an earnest love of cooking through myriad hands-on cooking classes. Class sizes of up to 16 foster an intimate atmosphere for student chefs, and instructors willingly substitute ingredients to fit patrons' dietary restrictions. Learn to add zing to dishes without flambéing a book of Rodney Dangerfield jokes in Bring on the Heat: Cooking with Chiles, which experiments with peppery dishes such as thai bird chili, stuffed poblano chilis, and chocolate ancho-chili crème brûlée. Fluffy lemon-meringue pies, apple turnovers, and cream puffs tempt sweet teeth during the All-time Favorite Desserts tutorial, and the Essential Knife Skills and Cooking Basics harps on techniques for roasting, grilling, sautéing, and baking. As the courses come to a close, Tspoons gathers classmates to dig into the fruits of their hard work like kindergartners on macaroni-art day.