The Sierra & Montanoso Recreation & Fitness Centers lavish local residents with dual facilities boasting outdoor pools and tennis courts, plus an overflowing calendar of group fitness classes. Here you can play tennis or basketball outside, or head indoors to strengthen muscles on weight machines and cardio equipment. Each facility's classes include options for various fitness levels, from the Aquacise program at the Sierra location to the high-energy Turbo Kick and R.I.P.P.E.D. at Montanoso.
Before Art Stone was head of Total Woman Gym & Spa, he ran a chain of salons. His female clientele loved their custom cuts, but California had no shortage of stylists?what they really struggled to find was day-spa pampering and weight-loss assistance, all in one spot. Stone listened, and in 1965, created precisely the sanctuary they were looking for.
The group fitness classes: Held in sunny studios, classes in disciplines such as power yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba help build muscle and burn calories.
The personal training sessions: Trainers jolt clients out of fitness plateaus with customized workouts, or one-on-one Pilates training that tones cores and builds lean muscle.
The equipment: Workout gear runs the gamut from circuit-training equipment to treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes.
The massages: Massage therapists relax muscles with a variety of modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish massage to the spreading warmth of hot stones.
The beauty treatments: Aestheticians beautify bodies and faces with an eclectic mix of rejuvenating facials, cellulite-minimizing treatments, and waxing for unwanted stubble.
The certified trainers at Pilates Plus offer one-on-one and group training designed around the Pilates system, which builds powerful core muscles while toning and lengthening other muscle groups. Fifty-five-minute sessions use equipment such as reformers, ladder barrels, and Wunda chairs to work different sets of muscles. Besides Pilates, the center also offers Zumba, reiki, and massage therapy.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts??all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines??upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros. The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in fitness classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Finally, at the Racquet Club of Irvine, all-ages classes offer tennis players the only clay courts in Orange County.
Schulein Fit Enterprises' boutique fitness centers keep bodies toned through innovative classes taught by savvy, experienced instructors. Shimmy through women-only Zumba classes at the Athletic Club for Women, which fuse fitness with Latin-inspired dances such as salsa, tango, flamenco, and the Cicero. Rippling abdominals and self-aware biceps begin with BodyRoXX classes at Back Bay Fitness, blending the core methods of spinning, cross training, Pilates, and treadmill trekking to render bodies as chiseled as an ice sculpture of Mount Rushmore. Laguna Health Club offers classes such as beach boot camp, which guides participants through rigorous military-style fitness routines in an environment that promotes both communal support and sandcastle construction.
No one is an island at Koflex Sports and Fitness Studios, which stresses the importance of community in helping participants reach their goals. Though the
studio brims with slick one-person weight machines, guests don't just work independently. Rather, they also get fit with the help of coaches and classes. Every type of membership package includes both group and personal training, and the Koflex staff is serious about helping people get results. Two proprietary group fitness programs, Koflex Bodysculpt and Koflex Boot Camp, round out a schedule that also includes yoga classes and kettlebell yo-yo training. Supplementary services, such as massage therapy and nutritional counseling, are available to move clients even closer to their goals.