One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.
At Executive Fitness & Med Spa, licensed professionals burnish epidermises with state-of-the-art treatments designed to yield clearer and silkier skinscapes. Eschewing the processes of waxing, plucking, or ripping off limb-sized band-aids, the 30-minute laser hair-removal treatments transmit a cavalcade of hair-slaying wavelengths into follicles' melanin to diminish their ability to regenerate unwanted fuzz. Specialists recommend a streak of three to six treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart to achieve skin as smooth as a newborn kitten's jazz solo. Or opt for the microdermabrasion treatments, during which one of the staffers will sluice your face with a stream of exfoliating crystals to slough away dead and sullied cells from the outer epidermal layer. A comfortable hydrating mask concludes each treatment, working to heal husks at the end of the restorative 30-minute session.
The classes at Roworx are led by US National Team rowers at the location of the 1932 Olympic rowing events and 1968 Olympic rowing trials, which means students can get an up-close look at Olympic-level training while they're burning calories and building muscle. The fast-paced workouts rely on stationary rowing machines, which by turns replicate the sensation of paddling down a river of choppy water or thick banana pudding, a sensation enhanced by the views of the water just outside the class window. To further build strength and endurance, the instructors save time in each class for weight training.
Sunlight floods through the floor-to-ceiling windows of The Studio by Bridget, beaming across the sparkling canals of Long Beach to illuminate 1,900 square feet of space. Lined against the walls, Pilates equipment ranges from Reformers to more unusual gear used in private training, such as the ladder barrel and the stability chair, ideal for seated workouts that give students a more rigorous exercise than cranking a recliner footrest up and down. On this equipment—or on simple Pilates mats—the studio’s team hosts classes that lengthen and strengthen muscles, balancing physiques and enhancing flexibility through regimens involving stretching, breathing, resistance training, pulleys, and cables. The staff complements its Pilates offerings with spinning classes and TRX sessions, whose Reformer workouts were designed by a Navy SEAL.
Head coaches Nick and Julz Heaney draw from their experiences as professional wakeboarders to unveil the mysteries of the sport for students of any skill level. The two-part private lessons take place back to back on the same day, first on land and then on water, for about one and a half to two hours of hydro-taming instruction, though students can stay for up to four hours. During the land portion, an orientation covers boat and safety basics and sea-shanty harmonizing. Students also practice turning on heel and toe in order to develop the muscle memory needed to control the board on the water. Once the wake mavens deem their apprentices worthy of buoyancy, the lessons take to the water, where either a Pro 09 MasterCraft X-Star speedboat or a team of harnessed dolphins awaits.
Named the Best Gym/Athletic Club in 2010 by Beachcomber, the Belmont forms fitter figures and promotes healthier living with a full range of Paramount weights and exercise machines, as well as more than 90 weekly classes such as yoga, Pilates, and TRX suspension training (spinning, Pilates Reformer, and Gravity classes cost extra). Members can reap bodily benefits by racking up racquetball wins, heading to the weight rooms, or teleporting to the second-floor Cardio Theater, which features aerobic equipment and eight HDTVs that broadcast nothing but non-rhyming jody calls. For more personalized shape-sculpting and goal-defining, customers can take advantage of two personal-training sessions with the club’s certified trainers.