A New Year's resolution is a slippery beast that easily dodges in and out of the grip of your resolution fingers. For $40, today's Groupon lets you staple down your 2K10 desires to forge a fitter physique with six intense group workout sessions at CrossFit Inland Empire, MyFOX Los Angeles' pick for Best Personal Trainers of 2009. Stretch yourself with new activities that push you to your body's limits and begin molding your frame into a highly athletic machine capable of slithering through duct work and lifting naturally fallen trees.
With more than 50,000 square feet of collective climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gyms's four locations, including its newest in Long Beach, offer ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the Riverside location, top ropes and lead routes circle around a freestanding boulder that tops off at 20 feet. The Southbay location's large training section gives adventurers prep time before they embark on the facility's challenging crack climbs, and the Upland location's 40-foot roof climb lends a scenic vantage point for those honing their skills on the ceiling-spanning rope or trying to spot a lost contact lens. After traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
At Allen Berg Racing Schools, racers operate real formula one style racecars at courses around Southern California, including Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Pomona Fairplex, Auto Club Speedway, and Arizona Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Each course features plenty of turns and straights, making it ideal for aspiring racers to experience the rush of racecar driving.
Unlike Rube Pilates-Goldberg classes—which use comically complicated contraptions to help tone, stretch, and flex muscles—Articulations' mat classes teach the fundamentals of Pilates using only an exercise mat, Pilates positions, and the freedom of the open road. Pilates's focus on constant motion and smooth, graceful transitions between exercises produces a lot of benefits—increasing overall strength and endurance (especially in the core muscles), improving posture, and keeping the body aligned.
You don't have to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter to train like one at UFC Gym. That's because instructors at the fitness haven teach the training techniques and mixed martial arts of the UFC during a wealth of classes and personal training sessions. Members can learn kicks, punches, and jabs during cardio box and combat challenge classes, and build formidable abs in Killer Core. In doing so, they'll develop the strength, muscle tone, and endurance to finally outrun the neighborhood bull.