In the heart of Aptos Village, Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio fosters physical and emotional health through personal Pilates sessions, mat classes, and machine-based workouts. As one of 100 Pilates Method Alliance Gold-Certified Pilates instructors worldwide, owner Jennifer Balboni leads the studio's team to utilize their unique backgrounds in dance, massage therapy, and yoga to motivate students as they execute total-body toning moves. Reformer classes feature a low 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure each reformer receives the attention they need. In addition to strengthening mind and body in tandem, the green-certified studio supports sustainable living with green practices such as recycling, efficient lighting, and water conservation.
The talented trainers at Paradigm Sport aim to boost physical prowess and to instill men and women of all ages and skill levels with focus, drive, and an athletic mindset. The one-hour, 20-person boot camp takes place in a soothing, beautiful setting, belied by its intense, fat-melting workouts that blend full-body muscle toning with calorie-burning cardio. Little rest between exercises challenges the fitness afeared to test their limits, and instructors and peers motivate one another to keep intensity high, muscles moving, and spandex in style. While a single boot camp session can light a fire under summer workout plans, a series of 10 gradually dialed-up workouts can put trainees well on their way to achieving fitness goals—whether it’s to lose weight, gain energy, or become strong enough to bend time and stop Saved By The Bell from going off the air.
At Dance Synergy, siblings Thomas and Caitlin Fahey offer a myriad of movement-based classes. Zumba gets hearts pumping with its engaging, easy-to-follow dance steps set to upbeat Latin rhythms. Similarly, strength-training classes, Tai Chi and Tabata high-intensity interval training sessions promote total-body fitness. Dance Synergy's instructors also introduce students to various dance styles, such as jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and belly dance. Regardless of its focus, every class meets in a space featuring a new dance floor and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which allow students to monitor their form and subtly practice their nodding skills.
At FIT4MOM Santa Cruz, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
It's around 11 a.m. on a Tuesday, and from the sounds of it, there's a party taking place in Capitola Fitness's outdoor pool. The fun, energetic scene is a microcosm of the club's ability to mix fitness services?such as water aerobics, personal training, yoga, and Pilates?with amenities such as a sauna and a steam room.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness?a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic weight-loss classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, such as running up park stairs for a cardio workout. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.