The South Coast Athletic Club offers a friendly uncrowded atmosphere to those interested in the benefits of a healthier more active lifestyle. Our private Huntington Beach facility established in 1977 provides state of the art fitness equipment, a clean non competitive environment and a attentive expert staff of personal tr
Owned by five-time UFC heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, Punishment Training Center puts poor habits in a chokehold with a full slate of MMA-inspired fitness classes for men, women, and children. Inside the fully equipped strength and conditioning facility, students work up a sweat on cardio machines or in a functional fitness area complete with kettlebells, plyometric boxes, and a colorful PA announcer. Unlike standard gyms, PTC also features a 1,500-square-foot grappling mat and a cage where students can train like their favorite MMA fighters.
Most gyms offer personal training as a supplement to other programs. Precision Fitness makes personal training the sole focus of its work. Professional trainers design each workout according to each member's individual needs and goals, such as losing weight or running a marathon. Combining cardio and strength training with nutrition counseling, they teach proper technique as well as healthy eating habits, such as consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables instead of still-life portraits of fruits and vegetables. Trainers provide members with an array of motivational tools on Facebook, including helpful tips and nutritional charts.
Each piece of equipment inside Crossfit Alpha Foxtrot was chosen for its ability to mimic functional movements. Members squat with barbells, jump onto wooden boxes, climb ropes, and pull the handle on a rowing machine. Other classic CrossFit exercises not seen in a traditional gym include flipping giant tires and swinging heavy backpacks. If all that seems unfamiliar, you need not worry: coaches oversee every exercise to ensure people are using the correct form and are adequately challenged.
Equipment: Rogue, Again Faster, Windy, Boon, Twins, Fairtex
Students should bring: Towel and appropriate workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Work hard
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.