For more than a decade, physical therapist Amy Fischer helped clients recover from a range of orthopedic and sport injuries. These days, she blends her knowledge of the body with her passion for Pilates at her two Pure Pilates studios—one in Laguna Niguel and the other in Ladera Ranch—each of which host regular classes alongside specialized sessions for golfers, breast cancer survivors, and moms-to-be.
Surrounded by tranquil Asian-inspired décor, Amy and her team of instructors guide students of all levels through private and group Pilates classes, which aim to strengthen core muscles while improving flexibility and posture. After being divvied up into Level 1 or Level 2–3 sections, students learn a variety of exercises on a reformer machine built from adjustable ropes, pulleys, and springboards reclaimed from the days of vaudeville. Amy and her team also offer slower-paced courses for seniors as well as physical therapy sessions that speed healing with modified Pilates exercises paired with a personalized at-home exercise program.
ElliptiFitOC's fleet of StreetStrider cycles combines the unique riding maneuvers of a traditional elliptical machine with the mechanics of an outdoor bicycle, freeing the once immobile elliptical from a stuffy indoor existence while fostering low-impact, cardiovascular workouts that engage all muscle groups. Riders cruise under the cover of umbrella-like palm leaves as they step and glide through courses that carve past the glassy waters of Santa Margarita Lake or the flying monkey trees of Barbadanes Park. Each riding session lasts 45 minutes and allows exercisers to glide at their own pace or race against the clock to see how many laps they can complete. Riders must be 12 or older and can schedule a group ride or private, one-on-one lesson by clicking here.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
At B-MegaFit / Lagree Fitness, upbeat instructors help students burn calories and tone muscles in 45-minute circuit routines based on the principles of fitness guru Sebastien Lagree. The company is one of the few fitness studios to employ the newest iteration of Lagree's signature equipment, the Megaformer M3, which puts a high-intensity spin on the traditional Pilates reformer. Outfitted with a sliding platform, adjustable handlebars, and cables, the machine allows for serious exertion while minimizing the risk of injury, making it perfect for those who are tired of standard exercise routines or who suffer from joint pain caused by high-impact workout regimens. Clients use the Megaformer M3 during classes that focus on slow, controlled motion to tone muscles, boost flexibility, and generally maintain a youthful appearance.