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.
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.
Lakers girl. Clippers girl. Certified Pilates instructor. These are just a few titles on Jodi Adamo's resumé, in addition to being the owner of The Pilates Body of Orange County. Along with a staff of certified instructors, she leads Pilates and fitness classes for students of all fitness levels. They help patrons slim down and build muscle in a variety of Pilates classes, including mat, barre, and Reformer sessions. To boost heart rates, they also lead fitness classes, and Jodi draws from her extensive dance training to get bodies moving in Zumba and hip-hop hustle classes.
To further guide patrons in their journeys to healthier lifestyles, personal wellness coach Carol May compassionately stands at the ready. She has shaved off more than 75 pounds since 2010, and helps others shed their own excess weight with a constant source of support and nutrition tips, such as differentiating bananas from sticks of butter.
The team at Aspire Wellness Studios covers the holistic healing bases with a chiropractor, massage therapist, Pilates instructors, and yoga instructors. Spinal adjustments and bodywork sessions work to recalibrate unbalanced bodies and relax areas of tightness. Meanwhile, yoga and Pilates—both mat and Reformer—classes help folks strengthen muscles without the joint strain associated with jogging or sky-diving into a yoga or Pilates class.
The classes at Pilates Plus are, as the studio's name implies, not simply Pilates classes. Rather, they adhere to the Lagree Fitness method, which integrates the holistic principle of Pilates as well as cardio and strength training. The technique—which has been popularized by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman—is designed to achieve muscle definition faster than just Pilates or weight training would alone. Thanks to the state-of-the-art M3 Megaformer machines, which can be adjusted depending on your strength and skill, the 45-minute sessions are open to students of all experience levels. Each class is energetic and upbeat due to the circuit-style training and fast music that's played in the large, naturally lit studio. Between classes, students can shop the onsite boutique for fitness equipment and apparel from brands such as Beyond Yoga and Lucy.