The ancient art of yoga goes modern at Freeman Yoga, where instructors create a blissful oasis away from the working world's hectic pace and exploding water coolers. Instructors welcome students of all experience levels, whether they're still learning the fundamentals or can practically nap while holding a back-bend pose. Instructors lead students through a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Hatha, or relaxing flows. They have over 30 classes a week.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Bring your own mitt.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Pools and batting cages
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The trainers at Precision Fitness believe that achieving wellbeing is a deeply individual process. For this reason, they work only with small groups of students, avoiding the intimidating bustle that’s common at most gyms and instead facilitating focused, nonjudgmental sessions. The intimate setting allows them to create exercise regimens for patrons of all walks of life, from those with little gym experience to seasoned athletes or brides-to-be. Their programs typically involve a mix of cardiovascular and weight training, as well as nutrition tips for healthier long-term diets that don't just advise patrons to eat two apples a day. Though they embrace a private atmosphere during lessons, group activities outside of the gym, such as bowling outings and dinner parties, encourage a sense of community among their clients.
Having mastered high-performance body-sculpting techniques, Keith and Blake Robbins—the KBR in KBR Lifestyles—decided they wanted to help others do the same. They started training clients independently in their homes and parks and eventually became personal trainers, helping actors and actresses whip into shape for upcoming roles. They wanted to bring their know-how to the general public to help people make lifestyle changes beyond getting a more finely tuned six-pack, so they opened KBR Lifestyles in Anaheim and quickly expanded to Newport Beach. They work one-on-one with clients of all fitness levels, from complete beginners to professional athletes, helping them inject fitness and nutrition into their daily lives.
Their high-intensity cross-training workouts take place inside or outside and challenge students with an ever-varied combination of strength and cardio training. Ample workout toys fill both locations, including cardio and strength machines, resistance bands, medicine balls, and aerobic steps.
Leaving no detail overlooked, trainers make sure clients receive complimentary towels and water during their workouts to sweep away signs of sweat and replenish its source more pleasantly than re-drinking it again and again. The gym's amenities extend beyond the realm of exercise, from the mobile auto detailer who makes cars sparkle in the lot as clients workout to the massage therapists who banish muscle tension.
Pure Barre program founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr continuously tweaks her dance-inspired workout regimen, relying on the traditional ballet accouterment to support body-lengthening moves. Dorr started her first class in the basement of an office building in 2001 without so much as a mirror to call her own, but in the intervening years, she managed to grow her workout into a national franchise. Her method involves a ballet barre, which practitioners grasp as they perform isometric movements of discreet muscle groups. Such movements isolate the buttocks, thighs, and core to build strength and burn calories. Though results vary on an individual basis, some students report seeing the beginning developments of long, lean ballet muscle after just 10 classes, which, incidentally, is the same number of eggs one must break to improve at the art of omelet making.