Dim red lights cast a glow over the women’s only pole-dancing studios at Unveiled Fitness. Periodically, the shadows of pirouetting bodies flicker against the wooden floor and reflections streak along the metal of 16-foot stationary and spinning poles. Within this environment, owner Kristin Mason and her team of instructors lead their students through pole-dancing classes. Combining the battle-tested fitness techniques of strength training, yoga, pilates, dance, cardio, and pickle-jar-opening, Kristin and her team aim to make every woman they work with feel confident in her body. The supportive staff also offers personal training, private parties, and foam-roller classes, which use a cylindrical piece of foam to boost flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.
Using a wide range of fitness strategies, Thomas Tadlock knows how to achieve desired results. During his Express Results boot camp, participants burn calories while bouncing from spring-loaded floors, vaults, and trampolines. They also tame balance beams and utilize other gymnastics equipment over the course of the one-hour, high-energy sessions. To assist those that can’t attend his classes, he offers Skype training programs and DVD courses, as well as an MP3 coaching system.
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 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.
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.
The certified trainers at Pilates Plus offer one-on-one and group training designed around the Pilates system, which builds powerful core muscles while toning and lengthening other muscle groups. Fifty-five-minute sessions use equipment such as reformers, ladder barrels, and Wunda chairs to work different sets of muscles. Besides Pilates, the center also offers Zumba, reiki, and massage therapy.