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.
Chris Cravens-Dang and Vu Dang put the Dang in Dang Good Yoga!, where they bring a combined 30 years of experience as holistic health practitioners to their studio. The talented instructors lead a wide variety of classes, from yoga to movement therapy classes. Hoop Flow fitness classes incorporate large, heavy hoops for a gyro-centric workout, and Tai Chi Chaun lessons teach the Chinese martial art known for its self-defense applications and health benefits. For a less labor-intensive form of relaxation, the studio offers a whole mess of massages, including hot stone, Thai, and acupressure.
Ayurveda, a holistic health system native to India, considers that each individual is born with a unique psychosomatic constitution, known as a dosha. Each person has a combination of three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and, according to Ayurvedic tradition, the dominant dosha can determine and affect the individual's appetite, body type, digestion, memory, and confidence to cry in public. Ayurvedic therapies—including massage, herbal oil treatments, detox programs, and meditation—all aim to boost a sense of overall well-being.
Monica Bhatia, an Ayurvedic practitioner and consultant at Ayurveda Yoga LLC, has studied the Ayurveda heritage extensively in India as well as the United States and is a cofounder of the San Diego College of Ayurveda. She taps into this vast background as she helps clients through energy medicine, meditation, and other healing practices.
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.