The instructors at Yoga Tropics believe that people of all ages and abilities can revel in yoga's benefits, which can include rehabilitating an injury, increasing flexibility and strength, and imparting a sense of inner peace. To push students toward these advantages, instructors lead six styles of yoga. They focus on hot-yoga classes—including the classic Bikram style yoga and Yoga Sculpt—which can help students oust toxins through sweat and sink deeper into stretches. During 60-minute ButiFitness classes, plyometrics exercises—including jumping, tribal dance, and yoga—are performed in 40-second repetitive bursts to help clients increase heart-rates. The instructors also fill out their own ranks with training courses that transform one-time pupils into certified yoga teachers.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.
Under the guidance of certified Master Trainer Armone Sullivan, students will be introduced to, and become firmly acquainted with, trademark Pilates positions that reawaken bodily potential and may even spawn a photographic memory. Armone is a local Pilates champion whose cycling and dance background has helped her create intense workouts famed for their rigor and clear-cut results. Your limbs will rise to her challenges, defining muscles and building the core endurance needed to scale art-deco skyscrapers and wrestle entire mountain ranges.
The international team of certified instructors at the helm of Vida Pilates aren't just trained in the center's namesake fitness style. Many have also developed skills in barre fitness, physical therapy, soccer, ballet, and modern dance. At the studio, they call upon all this expertise while helping others achieve long, lean muscles in three levels of Pilates-reformer classes. Though the classes––which increase in difficulty––focus on different muscle groups, each one aims to increase muscle tone and flexibility in the core region.
But the staff doesn't limit its clients to reformer work. The Booty Barre program blends techniques from Pilates, yoga, and dance into sensual, whole-body workouts set to upbeat music. With no prior dance experience required, visitors perform strength- and flexibility-training exercises as well as isometric workouts with balls, rings, and other props. To help clients achieve weight-loss goals and improve overall energy, an onsite holistic nutritionist develops custom nutrition plans.
On the way into the cycling studio at Breakaway Cycle, students pass a wall covered in positive messages. Notes like "break your limits," "break new ground," "break a record," and "break free" all work to motivate cyclists as they take on their own personal challenges during one-hour classes. Energetic music and visual displays surround students as they spin on Schwinn AC Performance cycles. In addition to offering a smooth ride, the bikes display power, cadence, calories, and heart rate. Throughout workouts, patrons can hydrate with unlimited access to a purified water system and sop up sweat with fresh towels or unfolded maps of the Tour de France.
The martial arts and fitness gurus at Eagle Martial Arts aim to strengthen bodies while arming them with practical self-defense skills. The instructors combine elements from tae kwon do with mixed martial arts and kickboxing to teach students of all ages and skill levels the strikes and floor maneuvers necessary to outwit opponents in tournaments and on the street.