Krav maga is one of the fastest growing self-defense training programs in the world, and for good reason. The official martial-arts system of the Israeli Defense Forces is based on the idea that anyone?no matter the size or physical build?can successfully defend their own life.
The certified instructors at Beach Cities Krav Maga are serious about helping students learn effective self-defense techniques. Aside from standard classes for adults and children, they teach specialized courses in women's self-defense and police and military defense. There are even fitness classes that use disciplines such as kickboxing as a jumping-off point for a punishing workout. At the spacious and functional facility, bags hang from the ceiling and mirrors line the walls, helping to keep students in proper form as they learn to punch, jab, and steal their opponents' noses.
MD Pilates owner Mely Dinsdale helms a team of certified instructors, helping students to sculpt lean, pliable bodies using core-centric exercises and Pilates reformer equipment. During classes, instructors preach the importance of balancing flexibility with muscle-strengthening work to prevent injury, both on the mat and on the studio’s reformer resistance machines. Pilates reformer machines, made with a system of springs, pulleys, and a sliding platform, boost the difficulty of students' moves by resisting each movement as they perform Pilates exercises, thereby helping to build muscle while reducing stress on tendons, ligaments, and high-strung skeletons.
Cardio Blast Fit Camp takes health seriously. It combines nutrition and exercise to provide clients with a manageable way to achieve their health and fitness goals. A coach starts off each new student with a body-composition and bone-density test to acquire a baseline. This information is intertwined with custom nutritional guidance and boot-camp-style workouts, creating a three-pronged approach to fitness and weight loss. Medicine balls enhance 60-minute cardio and body-weight workouts, which round out the whole-body fitness program.
The instructors at Fembody Fitness cultivate a fun, judgment-free atmosphere as they help clients forge svelte physiques during alternative fitness classes that use sensual, feminine exercises to develop confidence along with muscle tone. Seven days a week, instructors use engaging and unusual tools including ballet barres and aerial silks to develop students' stamina, incorporating graceful, feminine movements into exercises when possible. Each class culls influences from a number of fitness regimens, incorporating yoga, Pilates, or dance to create memorable workouts that leave students feeling as charged as a firefly's battery after a lightning storm.
Inside of Rise Yoga HB?s studio, instructor Christelle Reigner teaches a trio of yoga classes that detoxify, invigorate the body through movement, balance, and union of the body and mind through breathing. While Vinyasa flow and power Vinyasa flow represent a more active practice?both build strength and flexibility, and the power version torches calories?Reigner?s restorative-yoga class relies on long-held poses to deeply relax and center students.
Cloud Nine Yoga focuses on building community and self-awareness through the practice of yoga. As a yoga co-op in Orange County, every instructor at Cloud Nine is a partner in the studio, combining their powers to create a benevolent behemoth of fitness, learning, and relaxation. Classes are held throughout the day every day of the week. Start with their introductory classes to get acquainted with breathing exercises, methods of relaxation, and secret handshakes and footshakes that are central to the practice of yoga. More advanced classes such as Vinyasa Flow start with sun salutes and hone in on the relaxing and meditative aspects of yoga. The studio also offers both prenatal and baby & me classes for those expecting and women looking to re-tone.