Drawing on her background as a competitive dancer, choreographer, and certified yoga instructor, Lesa M. Green combines ballet barre exercises with Pilates and yoga techniques in her signature class, The MIX Technique. Sessions help clients to build stronger cores and leaner muscles and can be complemented by sessions of massage, acupuncture, or personal training. The studio also offers yoga for all speeds, including slow-practice yin yoga and yoked yoga, which blends yoga with weights and cardio work. Guests can slow down even more with bedtime yoga classes conducted by candlelight or stop in for a monthly Yoga Winedown, where guests can stretch their arms out for another glass of refreshing grape blood.
Fit Body Boot Camp's seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor sessions that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up session routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
The thwack of fists and feet against sparring pads has resounded across the hardwood floors of The Boxing Club's private studio for more than a decade. Cardio and strength-training equipment whirs beside a forest of red and black punching bags, while bright lights spotlight a roped-off arena for pugilistic punch-em-ups. Facing off against the studio's towering mirrors, certified instructors lead more than 250 classes each month—from martial arts and workouts infused with fighting techniques, to more traditional fitness classes, such as boot camps, cross training, and spinning classes that simulate riding 19th-century chain and gear powered horses. After classes, members can get road-ready in the full service locker rooms with free towels, saunas, and private showers.
Lava Sport & Fitness offers a wide variety of monthly fitness classes across its five locations, providing fitness aficionados and exercise newcomers a spacious, mutual home base. The monthlong unlimited access to one of Lava's five gyms (up to a $298 value) includes attendance to any available fitness classes. Check the list of locations to see which classes are offered near you, and then try your hand at an indoor cycling course, or your soon-to-be blurrily speedy leg at a kickboxing class. Lava also offers group instruction on jiu jitsu, Pilates, and yoga, as well as specifically targeted workouts such as the abs class or the butt and guts course.
Serenity Fitness Club & Spa is a wellness center for women only, offering fitness classes, personal training programs, and spa services specifically designed to suit the unique health and fitness needs of females. Its staff of certified instructors host a sweeping array of all-ladies group classes ranging from high-intensity boot-camp and cardio-interval workouts to festive Zumba and belly-dancing sessions. They also lead innovative PowerPlate training sessions, where clients hold various poses while standing on a special vibrating machine designed to help tone muscles, reduce cellulite, and hone Pavarotti impressions. The trainers offer one notable exception to their females-only selection of classes—a couples yoga session with post-workout wine and mingling.
As instructors lead classes and personal training sessions, technicians keep busy in the spa. Skincare specialists soften wrinkles and diminish blemishes with rejuvenating facials, while massage therapists ease tired muscles with deep-tissue and hot stone massages. Staff specialists also administer acupuncture treatments, which can ease aches and menopause symptoms, as well as help to prevent illness.
Though he could boast years of fitness experience and certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in personal training, boxing instructor Chad Yarvitz wasn’t satisfied. He had trained and taught boxing extensively, but he’d never felt the sting of a sharp uppercut or heard the roar of the crowd during a professional match. Determined to gain first-hand, authentic experience, Chad put his coaching on hold to pursue a career as a professional boxer.
Today, Chad leads boxing classes at Xplicit Fitness, drawing on a background as a 2008 California Golden Glove champion with a 7-1 fight record. Joining him is a team of fitness professionals based in San Diego. They lead high-intensity classes beneath the emerald brick walls of a studio. Like stare-down contests between TV news anchors, most group fitness classes focus on a specific part of the body for 60 minutes. In addition to their signature fitness boxing classes, the trainers offer boot camps, personal training, and youth boxing and self-defense day-camps.