The hero hardbody trainers at Fitness Evolution focus on making their clients more functionally fit, not so muscle-bound that they can't fit through doors or play ping-pong with any degree of fine motor control. The goal is not only to improve outward appearance, but also to enhance the overall well-being of future fitness buffs. To achieve this feat, a variety of classes are offered, such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and circuit training, among others. Classes are available Monday through Saturday at varying times throughout the day.
At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.
The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.
Under strings of lanterns and the night's canopy of stars, kids scamper through a field filled with thousands of pumpkins, each one searching for the biggest, roundest one. Finding it is one thing; lifting it is another. The bountiful Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm began a bit by happenstance?the owners originally began selling pumpkins out of the back of their pickup and steadily added on amusements as more people came each year. More than 30 years later, the one-month harvest festival sets up each October with attractions ranging from pony rides to puppet shows. As they explore the area amid bales of hay, teepees, character cutouts, and other props, kids can feed baby goats and sheep at the petting zoo or sit on an authentic tractor from 1932. Once guests have procured the perfect pumpkin to carve into the likeness of their favorite monster, they can get their picture taken with Pumpkin Jack, hop on rides such as the Goliath Slide or Pumpkin City Express Train, or visit Gone Fishing, Knock 'Em Down, and other game booths.
At Bikram Yoga Laguna Hills, the impassioned instructors encourage students of all skill and fitness levels to challenge themselves mentally as well as physically by participating in physically demanding classes held within a heated studio environment. The classes specifically consist of two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep, sustained twists and stretches to work most major muscle groups. With the addition of the joint-loosening heat, students are better able to sink into each stretch while maintaining an unwavering focus on the connections between mind and body. Continued practice can help build strength, flexibility, and endurance over time, but it also teaches folks how to quiet their minds.
CrossFit has been called the opposite of specialization. A weightlifter may have lots of strength but little endurance, whereas a marathon runner may have just the opposite. At Left Coast CrossFit, exercisers strive for both and then some, working to improve performance across a full range of 10 different physical attributes, from flexibility and speed to coordination and accuracy. They do so by practicing functional movements at a high intensity and focusing on areas of weakness?for example, endurance for a person who hasn't run in a long time, or coordination for a marionette. For this reason, every exercise is scalable, meaning it can be adjusted for load, duration, or reps to suit virtually any fitness level and age.
The rumba, Argentine tango, waltz, and other ballroom dances are often absent from the dance floors at bars and clubs. To acquaint people with these classic dances, the staff at Sway Ballroom Dance stages complimentary private lessons for newcomers on their initial visit. The lessons, which boost dancers’ confidence and knowledge of basic movements, forerun any future group classes, dance parties, or dance-offs with bosses.