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.
The object of tennis goes beyond volleying back and forth to win points, sets, and eventually matches; the real winner is the first to smash open the tennis ball and bask in its creamy caramel center. Improve your chances for a sweet swing and sweeter results with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four adult tennis clinics (up to a $100 value) from Spearman Clubs. The lessons can be taken interchangeably at any of the following three locations: Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and Racquet Club of Irvine. The Irvine and Laguna Niguel clubs were awarded the number-one and number-two tennis clubs in the Best of Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Spearman Clubs offers adult clinics for all skill levels from beginner to Federer, and participants are grouped with players of similar ability. Though amenities vary slightly between clubs, each facility boasts state-of-the-art courts with modern equipment and lighting powered by the dreams of puppies. Each of the 90-minute clinics is taught by one of Spearman's tennis professionals and will include developmental drills, movements, play situations, Jenga strategy, and supervised play. The accommodating schedule for Laguna Niguel and Monarch Beach is categorized by location, skill level, program, group size, and more.
Choose any adult clinic and location knowing that regardless of your serve on the court, you'll still be served positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Use the four lessons to master the game in which thwacks are accompanied by powerful groans, the necks of spectators swivel from side-to-side, and the value of love is absolutely nothing.
Must be 18 or older. All four clinics must be used within 90 days of the first session.
Racquet Club of Irvine and Laguna Nigel Racquet Club were awarded the number-one and number-two spots, respectively, for the 16th-annual Best of Orange County awards in the Orange County Register. Here's why:
- Why they're No. 1: Total fitness. – Lois Evezich
- Claim to fame: Court time. There's usually little waiting time. The staff keeps the courts in good shape. – Lois Evezich
Just as the thermostat inside Beyond Hot Yoga’s studio fluctuates between 75 and 105 degrees, the classes themselves include a wide range of poses tailored to various levels of experience. Calories and inhibitions melt away with each successive pose in Bikram- and Vinyasa-style yoga classes that put students in touch with their bodies through continuous stretching. Aerobics offerings such as Zumba and boot camps suit different fitness tastes, favoring energetic movements instead of meditative poses.
Though the studio hosts a diverse slate of lessons, an undercurrent of camaraderie remains a constant. Instructors emphasize serenity and fellowship both inside and outside classes, making it easier to achieve inner peace by hosting rambunctious youngsters in a childcare room and holding donation-based sessions whose proceeds benefit South African orphanages.
Guests can also harness a sense of inner calm through the studio's various wellness treatments. Skincare services, massages, and custom nutritional tips refresh physiques, and a stop in the women-only steam room can help detoxify the body and shrink oversize yoga mats.
Like a blacksmith at the anvil, the trainers at Extreme Pilates temper cores against the Reformer. Over the course of one hour, students leverage their own body weight on a system of ropes and pulleys to sculpt bodies with long, lean muscles. The workouts target abs to help students improve posture, straighten alignment, and protect their delicate caramel centers. After sweat sessions, patrons may take advantage of the spa-like facilities, which include showers and a steam room. An onsite nutritionist and massage therapist further foster relaxation and wellness, and the daycare staff preserves parents' sanity.
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.
Feel better, love life, and look younger and brighter. These are just a few of the benefits members at Better Living Yoga experience, thanks to the studio's classes catered to adults aged 40 and above. Some men and women are even in their 80s and 90s, and all classes are focused on preventing and reversing chronic conditions of aging in an open, noncompetitive environment.