Students walk out of Body in Motion just a little bit taller than when they came in. The studio’s classes—Pilates and Xtend Barre—serve to tone and lengthen muscles for a stronger, sleeker physique. Instructors teach two styles of Pilates: mat classes, which rely on gravity to turn bodies into their own weight machine. In apparatus classes, students perform moves with the famed Pilates tower adding an extra challenge, like solving a Rubik’s Cube while defending yourself against a bear attack. Both classes rely on precise, repetitive motions to tone the core and make the spine more pliable and resistant to injury. Similarly, Xtend Barre classes blend Pilates moves with cardio dance steps and sculpting exercises. All classes scale to accommodate and challenge students of all skill levels. For a completely customized workout, clients can also opt to enlist in personal training.
• For $59, you get one month of adult fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable at the Downtown, Live Oak, or Westside locations or at the Cabrillo Fitness Club in Aptos. Zumba classes are not valid Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at Live Oak. • For $49, you get one month of kids' and teen fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable only at the Westside and Live Oak locations.
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.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds are spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates.
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.