Classes in Los Osos

66% Off at Ardy's Pilates Studio

Pismo Beach

$160 $55

Certified trainers customize private lessons; six-student Reformer classes allow for individual attention

Up to 72% Off Gym Memberships & Personal Training

Santa Maria

$279 $79

Each membership comes with two personal-training sessions and most fitness classes (excluding specialty classes, which cost an extra fee)

Up to 62% Off Fitness Classes at Valley Alternative Healing

Solvang

$77 $29

Classes include Buns & Guns, which combines strength training and cardio, restorative yoga, and EnLighten Up yoga for mind, body, and spirit

Up to 48% Off Infrared-Sauna Sessions

Soledad

$45 $25

Guests relax in the infrared sauna, which aims to relax and detox bodies with comfortable heat

80% Off Visits and Training at Spectrum Athletic Club

Multiple Locations

$250 $49

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Cardio equipment with individual screens, comfortable locker rooms, and kickboxing, cycling, and yoga classes enliven gym visits

52% Off Beginner Mosaic Workshop 52%

Santa Barbara

$165 $79

Groups of 12 or fewer adults learn to use tools, tiles, and grout to create a 9”x9” mosaic.

Up to 66% Off Fitness Classes at Pulse Fitness Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

$209 $99

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Fitness classes emphasize strength, cardio, and endurance alongside flexibility and core strength in Pilates-based workouts

65% Off Dance Lessons

Santa Barbara

$85 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 79% Off Yoga Classes

Santa Barbara Downtown

$75 $19

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Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

Up to 64% Off at Bikram Yoga Santa Barbara

Bikram Yoga Santa Barbara

$80 $29

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Bikram-certified instructors fill 90-minute routines with 26 Bikram postures in 105 degrees and 40% humidity to melt stress and calm minds

Up to 80% Off Dance or Drumming Classes

Capoeira Batuque

$100 $20

Energetic instructors lead Afro-Brazilian dance, drumming, and Afro-Brazilian martial-art classes that allow for self-interpretation

Up to 73% Off Dance Classes

Santa Barbara Downtown

$100 $29

Staff members blend cardio and dance during fun classes and disperse 100% of proceeds to local and global charities

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 71% Off Classes at CrossFit Carpinteria

Carpinteria

$125 $39

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CrossFit classes enhance strength, agility, and speed with constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity

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In 1973, when Ramona Clayton was 19, she moved to Germany where she earned a PhD in molecular biology and worked with sterile medicines. But she also began making pottery—a hobby that would become her profession when she moved back to the United States in 2004. Rather than going through the licensing hassle necessary to work as a microbiologist in the States, she opened terramonary stoneware & porcelain, where, in addition to making stoneware and porcelain pieces to sell, she teaches others her craft. The studio's name—and Ramona's reason for returning to California—comes from her husband, Terry. Starting out as high-school sweethearts, they lost touch not long after graduation. After 22 years apart, Terry found her on the Internet, called her, and asked if she remembered him. She did. "He signed his love letters with 'Terramonary,' which is just an anagram of 'Terry' and 'Ramona'," she recalls. To Terry's delight, she thought it would be a catchy name for the business and even used her science know-how to break down the parts of the word into Latin and alchemic roots that symbolize the four elements. Ramona fires her long-lasting pieces in the kiln outside her studio, which sits on a concrete porch where she and her students also glaze their pieces. Inside, the wheels and workstations are in a separate area from her showroom, which brims with decorative pieces as well as plates, cups, and serving pieces that are safe for ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, and time machines. "My goal in life is to make pretty things useful—or useful things pretty," she says. "If it's too delicate or it's just decorative, people are afraid of it."

285 Bell Street
Los Alamos,
CA
US

Walnut Pier Health Club's cardio and strength equipment is utilized throughout 15 courses that get bodies moving. The accommodating daily schedule begins at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays, making it the ideal choice for fishermen who prefer to cast their hooks in outdoor heated pools that host aquatics classes. Stationary bike wheels rotate clients into healthy leg orbits during the Cycle classes; Zumba pumps Latin-inspired beats to inspire soaring heart rates; and myriad other aerobic classes usher members into the robust, perspirational world of fitness. In the on-site sauna, tuckered muscles recover and rest after vigorous workouts, energetic classes, and flexing for giggling courtesans.

803 E Walnut Ave
Lompoc,
CA
US

Success as a child actor depends almost as much on parents' managerial knowhow as it does on a kid's acting skills. During three-day weekend excursions at The Acting Camp—held at the more than 300-acre El Capitan Canyon—aspiring performers and their guardians develop their respective roles in each youngster's career. Under the tutelage of John D'Aquino – a veteran of hits like Seinfeld and Hannah Montana – kids refine techniques such as auditioning on camera and improvising.

These sessions culminate in prepared scenes that groups of campers perform for casting directors, agents, and managers from networks like Nickelodeon and the CW. Beforehand, these insiders as well as parents of working child actors meet with parents to discuss the business end of the entertainment industry, where money and Beanie Babies exchange hands at a rapid rate. Amid all these career-focused activities, The Acting Camp leaves plenty of time for families to relax and bond with fellow attendees.

11560 Calle Real
Goleta,
CA
US

Since its inception, Parisi Speed School has trained more than 150 NFL players and 5,000 scholarship-holding college athletes in its youth programs. Parisi consistently churns out all-stars with its Jump Start program, which trains youngsters at the time when their motor skills are most malleable. Outfitted with a 25-yard artificial-turf field, a four-lane track surface, and a weight room, the center hones agility, endurance, and coordination in future athletes aged 7–18. Using the center’s signature speed and strength training methods, supportive staffers not only infuse muscle memory with a suite of opponent-lambasting skills, they also teach them how to avoid injuries without hiring a stunt double to take tackles.

5800 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Goleta,
CA
US

Yasa Yoga’s name comes from the Sanskrit words for “good-hearted,” a reflection of the studio’s noncompetitive, welcoming community of yogis and instructors. They gather to practice in a red-tiled, Mission-style building originally constructed in 1912. Husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Stephanie Besler lead a majority of the classes, accommodating students of all skill levels with a variety of yoga styles. During Yasa Basics classes, students absorb foundational yoga poses and breathing techniques in a naturally lit practice space with 20-foot arched ceilings. Yasa Flow yoga instructors crank up the room temperature to bolster flexibility and teach challenging, inverted moves during workouts suited to intermediate stretchers. Students also gather inside the building—Charlie Chaplin’s former home and production studio—for a variety of other classes such as prenatal, deep-stretch, and flow-style sessions.

Though each course strengthens core muscles and focuses the brain, students also calm their minds with meditation or revel in the camaraderie of like-minded classmates as they learn to control their breathing or tendency to constantly blurt out their credit-card numbers.

22 W Mission St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Highlights of Rodrigo Clark's two-decade Brazilian jiu-jitsu career include training with Master Carlos Gracie, Jr., reaching 2nd-degree black belt status, and medaling at the World Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship seven times. At Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy Santa Barbara, Clark shares his vast knowledge of the Gracie style of self-defense during programs for all ages and skill levels. His and his team's teachings don't just show students how to defend themselves, though. They can also boost self-esteem, burn calories, reduce stress, and improve one's ability to dice vegetables with their bare hand.

1014 State St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US