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.
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.
Create Studio gives kids, aspiring artists, and weekend Warhols the means to unleash their creative sides in a multitude of artistic media. A Ralph Waldo Emerson quote on each of their eco craft kits sums up their inclusive artistic approach: “Nothing in nature is exhausted in its first use.” With that spirit animating their work, the studio's staff furnishes paint, fabric, and paper, but also less-typical materials, such as plastic bottles, sunglasses, and pinecones. In addition to everyday activities, they host birthday parties, where celebrants can craft their own party hats or personalize their birthday cake by smearing frosting across the top à la a youthful Jackson Pollock.
Chef Craiger Van Zee started his grilling career at age 12. Now, after 40 years in the food and beverage industry, Chef Craiger has become a strong proponent of the saying "practice makes perfect." Through To Grill or Not to Grill, the chef has passed his hard-won cooking experience to more than 3,500 students. Chef Craiger smoothly divulges tips and advice to classes with cooking demonstrations and field trips to the mystical talking spatula, and helps clients master their own grills with at-home group lessons tailored to the grill's specific make and model.
Adopting the revolutionary SPX workout regimen designed by international fitness trainer Sebastien Lagree, a team of impassioned instructors—led by Carron Meltz, who was certified by Lagree himself—combines the core-bolstering principles of Pilates with intense cardio and strength-training techniques. In these signature SPX courses, participants learn to utilize low-slung proformer machines, floor-based contraptions consisting of springs and bands, to generate resistance and increase their heart rates with traditional, muscle-toning Pilates moves. These sessions aim to safely strengthen limbs and cores without putting any undue stress on joints or cleverly disguised porcelain limbs. Although the SPX regimens are the bedrock of their work, the team also teaches sweat-inducing cycling classes and suspension workouts.