First-time campers kick off with a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with a certified fitness consultant. Then, during each session, boot-bodies can expect varied total-body workouts heightened by exercise formats such as resistance training, jump roping, kickboxing, Pilates, partner drills, short-distance running, and encyclopedia ripping-in-half. At the end of four weeks, goals are assessed and firm, silent, head nods of confidence are exchanged. Long Beach Boot Camp requires that all campers bring the following equipment to each session: exercise mat, set of hand weights, resistance band, and water bottle.
Starr Bunch spent 20 years working in early childhood development, but when she started taking Pilates classes, her life changed. In founding Five Starr Pilates & Fitness, Starr and her fellow instructors inspire that same level of passion in others. On Pilates reformer machines and stationary bikes, they challenge exercisers with workouts that change up and stay fun. Those looking to blend both disciplines can take the reformer-cycling combination class that's taught by a very rare centaur. The chic, robin's egg- and slate-colored facility also serves as the setting for personal training sessions.
Committed to holistic unity and relaxation, the professional staff at Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio fuses a soothing, intimate environment and trained techniques to carry the corpus to tension-free rapture. Cozy up to a warm cup of fair-trade Rishi tea in the lounge until one of the friendly staff members welcomes you to his or her bliss chamber for a thoroughly therapeutic deep-tissue massage. During a 60-minute treatment, the mitten fillers of a master therapist will skate smooth circles and figure eights on the surface of your back, boosting circulation, oxygenating muscles, and promoting peacefulness. The comprehensive Zen package combines organic products and body-buffing techniques from a variety of disciplines and healing modalities, including Reiki & Chakra balancing, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stones, and pressure-point therapy.
As a movement, CrossFit rejects the idea that one needs the fancy equipment of a big gym to get in shape. Instead, its creators argued that all someone really needs to get fit is a little motivation, a knowledgeable trainer, and a big, empty room. The trainers at CrossFit 5150 embrace that idea, dubbing their gym “the box.” They like to keep it virtually empty, with minimal fitness accoutrements and a maximum amount of sweat dripping to the floor.
The staff create new routines for their charges to perform daily, but these trainers put in double the mental effort. They produce two Workouts of the Day, the first penned on a dry-erase board, letting the gym’s members know how they should break their sweat on any given date. The other is online and requires no equipment whatsoever, which helps prevent travelers, office workers, and people trapped in WiFi-equipped underground bunkers since Y2K from missing a single day of training.
Alan Predolin, chief instructor of 360 Krav Maga, doesn't pull any punches, unless he's clipping knees, poking throats, and disabling solar plexuses. Already trained in the martial arts by the age of 7, Alan first got a thirst for reality-based, applicable combat techniques when he was a teenage member of the Guardian Angels. While most kids his age were fighting pimples, Alan was fighting gang members and drug dealers in Hell's Kitchen and the South Bronx. When he was 21, the Italian Army sent Alan to Israel, where he discovered the self-defense art of krav maga and spent his years mastering and sharing its effective techniques.
Years later, Alan has become the guy that local and federal law-enforcement and military units flock to for teaching their recruits the art of quick self-defense. At the 360 Krav Magna schools—the only schools in Tustin, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County to be certified by Krav Maga Global of Israel—Alan's team of certified instructors instill students with the smarts to disarm and disable any viable threat at instinct speed. For those looking for a muscle-sculpting, fat-burning workouts with less eye-poking, 360 Krav Magna's instructors also specialize in intensive kickboxing classes that merge fitness and combat training.
The instructors at FreeSpirit Yoga lead a variety of classes that keep pace with students of all experience levels, from beginning yogis to 4-year-old kids already well versed in stretching toward the cupboards. In introductory-level sessions, teachers impart the simple poses and breathing techniques that springboard into higher-level disciplines, such as Sculpt n’ Core's blend of Pilates and strength training. An intense cardio workout set to Latin-inspired beats, Zumba sets hearts thumping and legs moving atop the studio's hardwood floors surrounded by lavender walls.