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.
Named one of the top five best Pilates studios in the OC in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoters, ABC Pilates molds muscles and tones tendons with a variety of classes and techniques. Mat flow classes combine traditional mat work with free weights, bands, and stability balls, improving your ability to walk while holding a chest freezer overhead. Rubber band enthusiasts can try TRX, a suspension system designed to increase strength using your own body weight. Zumba is a cardio carnival that blends Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a sweaty dance-off, and boot camp is an indoor/outdoor class that mixes cardio, body weight exercises, and interval and strength training. To build strength, flexibility, and balance while working the mind, take a yoga class.
Fitness Elite For Women of Laguna Niguel creates an environment where women can gather to improve their lives through exercise and healthy living. To add variety to exercises, more than 19 fitness classes supplement the center’s state-of-the-art workout machines. Spinning classes can burn an average of 400 calories during a 40-minute ride, turbo kick classes build energy with kickboxing moves and music, and hatha yoga classes promote balance and flexibility with stretches and breathing exercises. Childcare services and personal trainers help members focus on improving their bodies and minds, and a steam room detoxes and relaxes after a long workout. To ensure patrons have access to a full range of wellness services, the fitness center also offers nutrition and weight loss management, massages, and skin care treatments.