Situated along Surfrider Beach and across the street from the famous Malibu Pier, Malibu Surf Shack has been a destination for ocean activities since it first opened its doors in 1972. Crashing waves and surfboard migratory patterns lure instructors to the point-break beach. Here, the pros teach small classes how to shred and duck atop waves. Students can rent boards and other watercraft including kayaks and standup paddleboards to join in on the fun. Inside the retail shop, boards from brands such as Walden and McTavish await their next wave-riding excursions. Malibu Surf Shack's staff demos all of the new and used gear, letting customers try boards or take them to a romantic dinner before making long-term commitments.
In pursuit of sunnier weather and a more outdoorsy lifestyle, Kristi Vacanti left the Midwestern town of Omaha, Nebraska and settled in LA, where her love of fitness led her to became a personal trainer. Like many, she soon became distracted by the stress of her job. Because of its professed ability to calm the mind and body, Pilates caught Kristi's attention, and she began taking classes at Sebastien’s Pilates Plus. Sebastien Lagree’s approach to the exercise regimen had such an effect on her that she decided to become certified in Lagree Fitness, his proprietary blend of Pilates and strength training, which she shares with fitness seekers to this day. At her three studios, Kristi and a team of instructors lead intense 40- and 55-minute classes that combine resistance exercises with ProFormer Pilates in sessions centered on the idea that students need more intense rather than longer workouts. Movements isolate the core, hips, and thighs to a degree that provokes muscle failure, which, like not wearing your skin, is one of the best ways to achieve muscle definition.
Malibu Gym is one of the largest gyms in Malibu, and its certified instructors and trainers are dedicated to helping clients meet their fitness goals. Group classes include offerings such as boot camp and spinning, and the top-of-the-line equipment includes cardio and weight machines from brands such as Star Trac and Hammer Strength. There’s a steam room and spa onsite, as well as a lounge area with snacks and available childcare.
A successful exercise regimen involves just as much inspiration as perspiration, according to the certified trainers who helm motivFit. Their fitness and nutrition programs don't just teach participants to count and burn calories; they jump-start lives by pairing goal-focused coaching with group accountability. Designed with both fun and safety in mind, challenging outdoor workouts empower participants to make exercise a part of their daily routine. Aerobics and trail runs torch calories instantly, and weightlifting and resistance training rally the metabolism by building lean muscle mass. Group activities such as relay races build camaraderie, transforming participants into teams that motivate one another. The workouts can be tailored to any fitness level, allowing new exercisers and elite athletes to train side by side. As pounds and inches melt away, confidence grows and self-esteem blooms as boldly as a tulip watered with Buzz Aldrin's joyful tears. Nutrition resources such as recipes and meal plans complement the workouts, helping participants forge healthy lifestyles for the long haul.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
The Dailey Method builds strength and flexibility through movements that engage entire physiques and focus on proper alignment, earning praise by publications such as InStyle magazine. Helmed by owners who trained under the eponymous founder of the method, Jill Dailey, certified instructors at the Calabasas studio lead 60-minute classes where students tighten up for bikini season or tone muscles to prep for the flexing portion of a job interview. A melding of yoga poses, core conditioning, and orthopedic exercises, the method tones muscles as instructors offer modifications to accommodate all skill levels. Moves on a ballet barre enhance balance and coordination, and floor work summons sweat with torso-tightening repetitions. Parents can drop their whippersnappers off in childcare, stash their jackets and inflatable muscle suits in lockers, and shower before heading home.