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.
In her search for a fun and flirty fitness alternative, Elizabeth Blanchard discovered pole fitness. Armed with a BS in kinesiology, she knew it could deliver intense, full-body workouts. It was also the kind of workout that anyone could do, making it accessible to those of all body types, ages, and fitness levels. In striving for the perfect workout, she customized pole fitness into a program all her own. She did that by adding elements of yoga, Pilates, and exotic dance. Today she welcomes ladies from all walks of life to join in her program to build lean muscles and learn healthy habits. Her program also ensures personalized attention as she keeps most class sizes a manageable 8 to 12 people.
G60fit builds a bridge between two worlds: the gym and the ocean. Their Surfset classes tone muscles with all the tools of a pro surfer, except for the waves. Students stand atop a teetering board to perform swimming motions, stretches, and bodyweight exercises, strengthening their core as they try to stay balanced and simultaneously flirt with an invisible lifeguard. There are also Surfset lessons for kids, which act as a virtual surf outing and an entertaining workout.
Aside from Surfset, G60fit offers 35-minute boot-camp classes. These center on a rotating theme, from kettlebells to kickboxing, and meet at a variety of times throughout the day to accommodate busy schedules. Though certified personal trainers and nutritionists are also on staff to develop individualized programs, the sense of community found in these classes is one of the gym's strongest motivational factors. A signature mix of teamwork and playful competition keep guests determined to complete single reps, as well as entire 60-day challenges.
The staff at Studio Fusion invites kids and adults of all skill levels to dance and get in shape in a sprawling 6,000-square-foot space with four studios, two of which have Marley sprung floors to soften dancers' landings. The team of dance instructors includes choreographers and backup dancers to the stars, as well as two former members of the Laker Girls.
The experienced crew helps pre-cheerleaders build strength and flexibility during tumbling classes, and teaches beginning and advanced ballet and hip-hop moves to kids and teens. The multidisciplinary fitness program offers just as much variety, including the ballet-based movements of Barre Fusion, Bikini Boot Camp toning sessions, and kickboxing- and tai-chi-based Turbo Kick classes.
The space has been designed with a cozy student lounge with WiFi and a gourmet coffee bar, allowing youngsters to work on homework or their investment portfolios and parents to chat. In addition to annual dance recitals, the studio hosts dance and musical-theater camps. The Broadway Kids program hones the skills children need to be a triple threat—dancing, singing, and juggling three smartphones at once.
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.