Designed by the pro freerunners of Team Tempest and by X-Games ramp builder Nate Wessel, Tempest Freerunning Academy houses more than 7,000 square feet of parkour and freerunning obstacles. Freerunning distills parkour, a physical endeavor that consists of running and jumping as a means of moving from spot to spot efficiently, into combos of acrobatic moves choreographed to please the eye and give gravity a self-confidence complex. A staff of professional freerunners facilitates athleticism in classes that gradually progress from Parkour 101, which focuses on building strength and balance, to the invite-only Trü Freedom, which emphasizes flowing safely through creative maneuvers.
The colorful indoor facility emulates a playground with a 10'x14' Aussie Bed trampoline and a six-foot-deep pit of foam. Budding athletes vault from a spongy gymnastics floor like Olympians piggybacking on kangaroos toward 32-foot ceilings or scale a 14-foot warped wall before the eyes of seated spectators.
Alliance Training Center's classes make students stronger in more ways than one. Instructors not only help clients reach peak fitness through CrossFit, but also arm students with the world-renowned self-defense techniques of Krav Maga. Both these activities qualify as "functional." For instance, CrossFit athletes focus on becoming experts at the kinds of movements that come naturally, as opposed to putting stress on their bodies with forced motions. For its part, Krav Maga teaches combat techniques that deal with real-world scenarios, including handling assailants who have knives or guns.
The trainers offer a few other equally practical programs to spice up the week so students don't have to turn to baffling Danish game shows for stimulation. Kettlebell courses provide a nice alternative to CrossFit's Olympic-style weight lifting. And Brazilian jiu-jitsu builds on Krav Maga's repertoire of strikes with potent grapples capable of taking larger opponents to the ground or locking up their limbs.
When someone from each of your family's three previous generations is a PGA-certified professional, it's safe to say golf runs in your blood. That's certainly the case for Kelli Ply, a fourth-generation PGA-certified pro who cut her teeth at the club her father managed before taking her skills all the way to the grassy stages of NCAA Division-I competition. After a stint coaching in China, Kelli now imparts her par-hunting wisdom stateside, helping clients reach their goals with technical and strategic advice. Kelli sharpens her own diagnostic skills with the help of video swing analysis, a less intrusive alternative to traditional golf club psychoanalysis.
Featured on Dr. Phil and The Biggest Loser and with clients that include numerous Fortune 500 companies, Fulcrum Adventures designs team-building and leadership programs that aim to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential. Teams work together to complete high and low ropes courses, scale up climbing walls, and complete custom workshops, each highlighting the spectrum of valuable ways people can work and learn together. The outfit takes care to ensure that the client's physical and emotional safety is never in jeopardy, meaning no judgmental environments or trust falls over snake pits.
Rusty's Rhythm Club's founder, the hyperqualified Rusty Frank, took to dancing at the tender age of 6, and has been light-tripping professionally since her college days. Since then, she has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and has performed in locations from the Hollywood Bowl to Disneyland and other worldwide locales. Rusty is joined in instruction by her effusive teachers, who bear multitudinous dancing awards as well as an actual portal to 1920s-1940s America.
They impart the dancing skills of the 1940s at both Rusty's Rhythm Club, a weekly swing dance emporium, and Lindy by the Sea beginning-class series, a dance school for all experience levels. Rusty's Rhythm Club sharpens soles with an all-ages dance fest accompanied by the tunes and Prohibition-era conversational topics of live bands in the air-conditioned Westchester Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey.
Those who learn to dance the sensual Argentine tango from Ilona Glinarsky may find they learn more than just rhythm and footwork. That's because Glinarsky, a dancer and musician since the age of 4, believes that through tango, dancers can learn to live in the moment and communicate more effectively with their partners. At Living Tango—winner of a 2012 Best of Redondo Beach Award for adult education—groups learn to read their partners' movements as they lead or follow, letting their bodies speak to each other through dance.