Swing, summersault, and soar through the air on a trapeze with today's Groupon, $25 for a 90-minute trapeze class at Trapeze High (a $50 value). It's worth the 30-minute drive to Escondido to learn how to throw yourself off a platform 23 feet in the air and gracefully bounce butterflicticly through the heavens, performing spectacular acrobatic maneuvers. Learning trapeze tricks is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it's plenty of fun. Frequent trapeze binges are the reason Cirque du Soleil performers look so happy.
SoCal Fitness Boot Camp for Women’s quartet of instructors inspires patrons with positivity during each gal-centric, camaraderie-fueled outdoor class. Targeting typically troublesome areas including the thighs, rear, and stomach, one-hour boot-camp sessions cater to women of all levels of fitness prowess by pushing each to perform without unsafely overexerting. Each class slings a variety of body-testing obstacles from an arsenal that includes strength training, short-distance running, Pilates, and full-contact rounds of patty cake. With regular attendance, ladies often note an improvement in endurance and muscle tone, a slimmed physique, and all-over stress attrition. Classes convene in the mornings or evenings, depending on how hard each location parties the night before. Instructors ask that each participant supply a mat, set of 3-, 5-, or 8-pound hand weights, and towel.
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
Water has a way of sculpting things, carving canyons into the earth or eroding shorelines with its waves. Even the human body gives in to its constant resistance and demand for stabilization, forces that transform surfers into well-muscled athletes. The two creators of SurfSet thought it was high time somebody bottled that fitness formula. After a successful appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, the duo scaled up manufacturing of their RipSurfer X board, a contraption mounted on a semimechanical base that tilts and leans under the weight of a rider like a real surfboard. They also designed a workout to go along with it that enhances standard interval training and core exercises by forcing students to remain stable atop the board.
Paige and Ryan, the husband-and-wife team who opened SurfSet 858, use the miracle boards to sculpt bodies in their gym six days a week. They host the occasional beachside classes on Sundays, bringing students within earshot of crashing waves and rap-battling seagulls as the sun rises over La Jolla Shores.
At Crossfit Diadem, CrossFit Level 1-certified coach Jen Bunnell and her staff push exercisers through ever-changing, high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The challenging routines typically center around a blend of cardiovascular exercises and functional body weight moves like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, which can be scaled for all fitness levels. The classes, which are typically one-hour in length, might also incorporate kettlebells, dumbbells, rings, and even sandbags, and aim to help students reach their personal fitness goals while also improving their strength, stamina, agility, balance, and coordination. To help reduce injuries during workouts, the studio has also teamed with Doctor of Physical Therapy Deniz Armagan, who can give members complimentary evaluations and new names to go with their new bodies.
Steel blades rhythmically slice the ice across two spacious rinks at Ice-Plex (formerly Iceoplex Escondido), an all-purpose facility pairing leisurely open skates with practiced instruction from director Courtney Moebs and a staff of pro figure skaters. Specialties span everything from choreography and freestyle to ice dancing and yeti dodging, though basic lessons for both kids and adults are also available. Public-skating sessions beckon amateurs and experts on a daily basis, during which skaters can emulate the moves of their favorite hockey players. Replete with a well-appointed gym, indoor pool, and jacuzzi, an attached fitness center offers classes in aerobics, aquatics, and an aquatic-aerobics class led by an off-duty Aquaman.