As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Gracie Barra Laguna offers world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instruction for individuals & families. The art of BJJ has evolved to become a key element in achieving physical fitness, character development, self-defense & a well-balanced lifestyle.
At certified instructor Erin Nealy's yoga studio, it's easy to fall through the floor. That's because her students practice on the ever-tranquil surface of Lake Mission Viejo. They stretch atop provided standup paddleboards, which add an engaging element of precariousness to the practice, strengthening core muscles during routines that demand steady balance. Though the workouts are challenging, the lake's verdant scenery and peaceful waters encourage a meditative state of mind.
A former competitive snowboarder and avid mountain climber, Erin found it only natural to combine her yoga expertise with her fondness for the outdoors. Her 75-minute classes range from introductory sessions to yoga sequences that include advanced poses, such as headstands on the board or even more challenging arm balances on the water. Her classes are always changing in structure to provide an intense muscle-molding workout. She also hosts paddleboard fitness courses, alternating between agility drills on the beach and board exercises on the lake.