Joanna Cotta Leadbetter spent more than a decade as a ballerina, wowing audiences with feats of graceful athleticism. Now, as the founder and lead trainer at The Sculpt Barre, Leadbetter blends this passion for dance with fitness—drawing from different disciplines to create intense, low-impact workouts. Leadbetter and her instructors lead small groups through different intervals at the ballet barre, which allows exercisers to use their own body weight for resistance. Combined with stretches, these barre exercises promise numerous benefits, including increased strength, better posture, and enough flexibility to finally fit inside a piece of carry-on luggage.
Within an art deco beauty lounge draped in black carpets, ebony lacquer, and pink accents is Wake Up Beautiful, a twofold beauty business. For spa services, owner Brandi Langley has specialized in administering treatments such as endermologie, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup?among many others?for more than a decade. Concurrently, Brandi's partner, Dr. Victoria Cupic, takes a holistic approach to weight-loss treatments, aiming to boost both emotional and physical benefits via B12 injections and supplements. Dr. Cupic specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement and offers full medical services, including Botox and other fillers, and laser-hair removal.
HitPLAYyoga.com is an online library of “Yogacasts,” streaming audio yoga classes taught by certified instructors all over the world. Believing that everyone should be able to access the transformative powers of yoga at any time, the founders of hitPLAYyoga.com bring yoga classes to those who may not be able to access or afford a studio practice.
HitPLAYyoga.com also has its own Empowerment Fund—a portion of every member’s hitPLAYyoga.com dues are donated to the Africa Yoga Project and the Yoga Vedanta Kutir Orphanage, both of which bring yoga to underserved and stressed areas.
GlucoFitClub acts a hub for overweight people who want to lose weight, with diabetes, or with pre-diabetes, drawing together different companies, products, and resources to assist in health and education. It partners with YMCAs across the nation to encourage those with diabetes to remain active, as the disease is exasperated by conditions that include high body-mass index and hypertension. Members with diabetes may also receive a glucometer that can upload their fitness-test results and blood-glucose levels to an online database, helping them become more knowledgeable about their own condition. Access to nutrition and diabetes classes at the Y educates members and helps them make good health decisions.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts?all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines?upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros.
The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in Pilates classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Skilled muscle manipulators erase aches from tense backs at the Racquet Club of Irvine, where therapeutic massage services serve as a soothing conclusion to a day spent splashing about the pool and hitting the courts.
Business partners and firm believers in the power of Pilates, Pliates Plus OC founders Amy Briant and Vanessa Malchev lead a team of strong and experienced instructors that share their passion for not just fitness, but visible results. During 50-minute workouts, elements of traditional Pilates on a Megareformer are mixed with heart-pumping exercises designed to maximize core strength while toning and slimming the physique. Clearly, it's working: Pliates Plus OC has been voted 'Best Pilates Studio in OC' three years running by readers of the Orange County Hot List.