Crunch caters to exercisers of all interests and fitness levels, cramming each state-of-the-art fitness facility with name-brand equipment and a welcoming, nonjudgmental attitude. Members have the opportunity to pay for access to each club's diverse syllabi of classes, organized into categories such as action sports, chill outs, and dance rhythms. DIESEL classes incorporate interval training with cardio interval bursts for a total-body workout. Fat Burning Pilates combines cardio- and Pilates-based toning to help cut out cellulite. Aerobics with an Attitude sends students in a free-spirited dance workout without any rules or judgment. Crunch also offers personal-training sessions that begin with a physical assessment and include a comprehensive body-composition analysis. One-on-one drills foster the seeds of self-improvement, as this level of personal attention allows the experts to forge an engaging workout as well as a custom nutrition plan for each exerciser.
Even if clients can't make it to the gym, Crunch Live turns any living room or office into a workout space with an online video library of over 35 workouts. Students sweat and move along at home to easy-to-follow exercise routines led by energetic trainers as they tone targeted muscle groups and burn fat with courses in yoga, core strength, workouts for athletes, or Pilates.
Orange County Yoga Studio's Megan Bello started practicing yoga in 1993 and found herself feeling better than she ever had both physically and mentally. She loved it so much that she decided to teach others the benefits yoga could bring to their lives, even traveling to India to study with Geeta Iyengar?who has been called the world's leading female yoga teacher by the Los Angeles Times.
Bello and her staff guide students of all levels through myriad poses during her classes. They focus on goals such as improving posture and alleviating pain in the lower back and dorsal fins.
Equipment: Lagree Fitness Megaformer M3
Students Should Bring: Water and grip socks
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Between the two of them, Viktor and Kelly Uygan have more than 25 years of experience in two disciplines that require intense conditioning: personal training and professional ballet. So perhaps it's not surprising that at Konnect Pilates, the fitness studio they opened in 2002, they emphasize physically challenging routines that push clients to tone their physiques. Often these routines incorporate special equipment, such as Reformers and Pilates chairs, though some classes simply take place on a Pilates mat. The studio even holds a 30-day lifestyle challenge that can help clients get in the habit of exercising without having to tie a barbell to their index finger to remind them.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat—all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
Fit Pilates classes at here have a lot in common with traditional Pilates classes?but they're more intense, as you might guess from the high-octane soundtrack. Based on the fitness principles of celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree, these sessions build core strength with moves on a Megaformer?Lagree's take on the Pilates reformer?but they also incorporate interval training, strength training, and cardio elements.
Other butt-kicking fusion sessions abound at the studio, too. Fit Booty Blast does so pretty literally, with Pilates-style moves geared towards toning the glutes, thighs, and abs. Fit Barre, on the other hand, mixes a ballet barre workout and Megaformer, toning participants' physiques into a dancer's form more effectively than an hour of the Macarena.