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.
The object of tennis goes beyond volleying back and forth to win points, sets, and eventually matches; the real winner is the first to smash open the tennis ball and bask in its creamy caramel center. Improve your chances for a sweet swing and sweeter results with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four adult tennis clinics (up to a $100 value) from Spearman Clubs. The lessons can be taken interchangeably at any of the following three locations: Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and Racquet Club of Irvine. The Irvine and Laguna Niguel clubs were awarded the number-one and number-two tennis clubs in the Best of Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Spearman Clubs offers adult clinics for all skill levels from beginner to Federer, and participants are grouped with players of similar ability. Though amenities vary slightly between clubs, each facility boasts state-of-the-art courts with modern equipment and lighting powered by the dreams of puppies. Each of the 90-minute clinics is taught by one of Spearman's tennis professionals and will include developmental drills, movements, play situations, Jenga strategy, and supervised play. The accommodating schedule for Laguna Niguel and Monarch Beach is categorized by location, skill level, program, group size, and more.
Choose any adult clinic and location knowing that regardless of your serve on the court, you'll still be served positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Use the four lessons to master the game in which thwacks are accompanied by powerful groans, the necks of spectators swivel from side-to-side, and the value of love is absolutely nothing.
Must be 18 or older. All four clinics must be used within 90 days of the first session.
Racquet Club of Irvine and Laguna Nigel Racquet Club were awarded the number-one and number-two spots, respectively, for the 16th-annual Best of Orange County awards in the Orange County Register. Here's why:
- Why they're No. 1: Total fitness. – Lois Evezich
- Claim to fame: Court time. There's usually little waiting time. The staff keeps the courts in good shape. – Lois Evezich
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.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started HDX Fit as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
HDX Fit also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can’t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym’s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities—Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.