As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Live at Universal City Walk and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
If you're going to be gasping for air, it may as well be fresh air. That's the thinking at A FIT Club, a fitness studio that hosts its boot camps at Lantern Bay Park and Salt Creek Beach Park. Owner Rebecca Boyle and her fellow AFAA-certified personal trainer Julie Biggs along with trainer Stephanie Barker oversee the boot camp, making sure to incorporate cardio, core, and strength-training exercises that all attendees can do, even squirrels.
With a bachelor’s degree in human movement, a master’s degree in kinesiology, a certification as a personal trainer, and expertise in nine aspects of fitness, Scott Newton knows a thing or two about wellness. He puts this background to work at Kardia Life Fitness Center, where he hires other specialists to help clients shed weight and tone muscles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Flat-screen televisions adorn spacious rooms filled with treadmills and weight machines, while, elsewhere, group classes focus on functional movement. Newton and his staff emphasize accessibility, and in doing so they dedicate themselves to creating manageable plans for clients of all ages.
It's easy to feel at peace at Desa Prana, a seaside fitness studio that looks out onto the sandy shores and lapping waters of Capistrano Beach. Amidst these relaxing environs, instructors lead students through limb-stretching postures during traditional yoga classes, restorative yoga, flowing vinyasa, and sweat-inducting power yoga. Studio director Jeanne Mccormack, who boasts 30 years of teaching experience, also peppers the class schedule with pilates, TRX, and barre classes, the latter of which makes use of light weights and ballet movements to tone muscle and tighten cores.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts??all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines??upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros. The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in fitness classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Finally, at the Racquet Club of Irvine, all-ages classes offer tennis players the only clay courts in Orange County.
When tragedy hit Troy Cox, he sought solace on an island off the Florida Keys. When he returned home, he discovered that his need for mental and physical calm had not subsided. So he worked out his angst in the gym—a pursuit that led to a career as a personal trainer. In addition to helping people lose weight and enhance athletic performance, he also studied stress reduction and homeostasis training. Despite this experience, he didn't ever feel total tranquility until he studied with meditation teacher Diane Ross and yoga masters such as Bikram, Shiva Rae, and Sean Corn. He also received mantra initiation from Amma and completed four years of Amrit yoga teacher training.
Now a certified Yoga Alliance and Yoga Fit instructor, Troy's specialty is yoga Nidra—a guided relaxation technique that helps participants subdue stress by twisting their brains into the lotus position. As owner of Sun Salute Yoga, Troy helms a staff of instructors who strive for safety in every class. While soft floors take pressure off joints and spines—and target abdominal muscles—the nonheated studio prevents the air from becoming unnecessarily stuffy.