This studio is called Yoga& for a reason. Yes, there are yoga classes (including hot yoga), but students can also participate in stress-relieving Pilates or high-intensity boxing fusion classes. Yoga classes challenge balance and flexibility while decompressing spines, and Pilates also tests the limits of flexibility, but focuses on developing strong cores. At boxing fusion, though, martial arts moves boost cardio endurance and strength, and, paired with stretching exercises, provide similar flexibility benefits.
Along with a cornerstone philosophy that fitness should be fun, Star Fitness Center boasts modern training equipment and a lineup of certified personal trainers, including a NASM-certified head trainer. Feet can race on a selection of cardio machines, including Nautilus treadmills, ellipticals geared with individual entertainment centers, and Schwinn indoor cycles that take bikers on a stationary journey more fun than the virtual segway ride at Disneyland. Increase strength by lifting free weights or operating contraptions from the XP Load line, or use peer encouragement as a legal performance-enhancing elixir in classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga, each led by certified group-exercise instructors. Dedicated trainers shepherd patrons toward workout ambitions, guiding bodies through two hour-long sessions that accelerate results with individualized routines and advice. On-site childcare is available, and initiation fees are waived for those who wish to join after the month is over.
For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
At Crescent City Boxing, one-hour workouts torch up to 1,000 calories. Led by professional fighters, each session incorporates fundamental boxing moves that help relieve stress and increase strength in beginning through advanced students. Pupils practice their jabs and kicks on more than 20 bags inside the 3,000-square-foot gym, which reserves a 2,500-square-foot matted area for jiu-jitsu and karate classes. Those sessions are Crescent City's most demanding, culminating in mixed-martial-arts workouts inside a bag-equipped cage. One-on-one training is available, though instructors keep their group classes small so every student receives personal attention.
For the instructors at Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness, learning martial arts is just as much about building community leadership skills as it is about punching and kicking. Committing to this belief, they train students of all ages and experience levels in classes held from morning to night. These programs introduce the range of Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay Thai kickboxing, and submission wrestling techniques—the diversity of skills imparted ensures students don't also have to test which ones their in-laws know. For students 14 years and younger, the studio offers Skillz: a martial arts curriculum for children further attesting to the studio's ability to accommodate a variety of clients.
Blacklist's coaching team is helmed by Brazilian jiu jitsu black-belt Tim Credeur, whose dedication to his craft earned him the nickname "Crazy." He isn't the only dedicated one—all of Blacklist's instructors have competed in gi and no-gi jiu jitsu grappling events, and some in professional kickboxing and MMA tournaments. To instill their passion in students, they allow Blacklist's most experienced trainees to represent the gym at MMA events. They also empower top students to lead some of the studio's classes.