Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat?all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
At Rethink Fitness, owner, head trainer, and fitness aficionado Pablo Vizcaino utilizes Crossfit principles to propel clients past their fitness goals. Backed by several years of experience and tweaks, Pablo’s approach blends elements of strength training, gymnastic movements, and metabolic conditioning. Pieces of each of those elements surface during the facility’s classes, including boot camp sessions and a fast-paced core conditioning class that mixes in calisthenics.
Rachel Burstein has been involved in dance for nearly two decades. As a performer, she's claimed numerous accolades, including a finalist finish on New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars in 2009. As an instructor, Rachel has transformed first-timers into award-winners. Her teaching isn't just for competitive purposes, though. Students can browse Rachel's flexible schedule and pick styles that interest them, which includes everything from the cha cha, rumba, and swing to salsa, foxtrot, and Argentine tango. The wide selection speaks to Rachel's vast knowledge of ballroom styles. It also prepares students to impress at non-competitive events, such as while attending a wedding or browsing the dairy section at the grocery store.
As a child, chef Debbie dreamed of attending culinary school, and after a 25 year detour in the corporate world she fulfilled that dream. Once she saw her child through college Debbie enrolled and became a pastry chef, and for five years after graduation she honed her skills until she decided she was ready to open Doux Irvine: a gourmet bakery dedicated to forging all manner of sweet treats using high quality, fresh ingredients. Although she prepares everything from sugar cookies to tiramisu, Debbie puts her cupcakes front and center. The cupcake selection can include more than 30 custom cake flavors, which can be accessorized with various icings and toppings.
The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semi-private, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.
Most of the world's keychains don't hold keys to a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Maserati. For this reason, Xtreme Adventures was born. Throughout the year, the staff organizes exotic vehicle driving experiences around a makeshift autocross track on the grounds of Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The event allows drivers to hop behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari, step on the accelerator, and be transported into the shiny pages of automobile magazines. And the company's driving experiences aren't the only services that ooze adrenaline. They also offer exotic vehicle rentals and 3 hour scenic drive tours in a variety of exotic cars.