Ornate crown moldings, limestone floors, and marble surfaces aren't typical gym décor, and that's the point. An unparalleled attention to detail went into the design at Living Fitness, resulting in a space that pairs cutting-edge exercise equipment with the sort of service and surroundings one would typically see at a high-end resort. In the locker room, towering mirrors reflect custom wood cubbies, fresh Mascioni linens, and guests amping themselves up for group FitBarre classes and high-intensity Bikini Bootcamp. Curtains of textured lighting spill across the sprawling facility, which houses Keiser pneumatic strength-training machines, FreeMotion high-incline treadmills, and a sun-soaked Pilates studio. Tailored to each client's goals, Living Fitness's personal training combines traditional strength training with balance, core stabilization, and power exercises that begin with a complete fitness assessment and an optional Rocky movie night.
Master Tony Park began teaching tae kwon do at the age of 12, just five years after his first lessons. Since then, not much has changed. With 38 years of experience, the native South Korean still teaches his country's martial art, but he now does it at his own facility, National Taekwondo Academy, Inc. There, Park and his staff of seasoned instructors orchestrate self-defense and fitness programs for all ages: kids, teens, adults, and mummies.
A fitness class isn't effective without the right instructor. Luckily, the staff at Primal Fitness Centers has plenty of experience—made up of athletes, personal trainers, and professional dancers. Together, the team leads fat-blasting boot camp, Pilates reformer sessions, and Hip Hop Barre. During these classes, the instructors help students develop proper form so that they can safely tone up, shed unwanted pounds, and break into Zumba during boring business lunches.
The experienced instructors at Irvine Martial Arts and Fitness welcome adults and children for martial-arts classes that emphasize conditioning and fitness. The center offers classes in tae kwon do, karate, kickboxing, aerobics, and dance for skill levels from beginner to competitive.
Helmed by Jackie Nguyen—a certified trainer with a black belt in karate and nearly two decades of martial-arts training—Fast Result Fitness helps students to achieve their fitness goals with group classes and personal-training sessions. All-levels kickboxing classes focus on both fitness and self-defense as they teach participants how to strike attackers using their fists, elbows, knees, and the occasional cartoon lightning bolt. One-on-one workouts tailored to each individual can speed up weight loss and build muscle mass, and sport-specific training helps athletes of any experience level to improve their strength and endurance.
When one knows a form of martial arts, there's a decent chance of avoiding danger. But when one knows multiple forms of martial arts, odds are they'll win any fight. With classes is classic karate, Brazilian jiujitsu, and MMA, the senseis at Olympia Martial Arts make students more well-rounded, but less round, in the arena of self-defense. In classes for adults and children that build skills, confidence, and discipline, students of all levels are conditioned to crush common enemies such as bullies, obesity, and fatigue. In sparring classes, fledgling fighters learn the ropes of jiujitsu and MMA with fancy footwork and take-down techniques that also strengthen the upper body, core, and legs. Fitness training classes steer students from the heart attack track in martial arts cardio classes that give calories the heave-ho and boost agility and stamina while teaching grappling techniques that effectively end fights fast.