Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat?all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
At certified instructor Erin Nealy's yoga studio, it's easy to fall through the floor. That's because her students practice on the ever-tranquil surface of Lake Mission Viejo. They stretch atop provided standup paddleboards, which add an engaging element of precariousness to the practice, strengthening core muscles during routines that demand steady balance. Though the workouts are challenging, the lake's verdant scenery and peaceful waters encourage a meditative state of mind.
A former competitive snowboarder and avid mountain climber, Erin found it only natural to combine her yoga expertise with her fondness for the outdoors. Her 75-minute classes range from introductory sessions to yoga sequences that include advanced poses, such as headstands on the board or even more challenging arm balances on the water. Her classes are always changing in structure to provide an intense muscle-molding workout. She also hosts paddleboard fitness courses, alternating between agility drills on the beach and board exercises on the lake.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues that will complement a diploma or the neighborhood Declaration of Independence. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match their home’s decor.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
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Faces literally glow at Gamer Realm. That’s because they’re in front of luminescent screens playing more than a dozen PC and Xbox games such as Halo 4, FIFA 13, and World of Warcraft. The crew there also hosts LAN parties and tournaments for games such as StarCraft II, pitting seasoned and novice RTS player against each other and awarding prizes to winners.