At Curl Fitness, personal trainers, yoga instructors, and Pilates gurus help clients get fit and healthy in a positive, supportive environment. A step above the typical gym, Curl Fitness has an air of sophistication, with its bubbling fountain at the entrance, stunning harbor views, and full retinue of liveried English butlers. After working up a sweat using state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment, you can relax at the juice bar, sipping freshly squeezed nectar and protein-packed smoothies. A host of group classes helps students meet and exceed their fitness goals with high-intensity boot camps, gentle yoga, and high-energy Zumba dance workouts.
Adventures Boat Rentals' sea-loving staff outfits the Newport Beach area with both self-propelled and electric-powered vessels. The Duffy-brand electric boats produce zero emissions and carry up to 12 passengers, and Adventures Boat Rentals’ paddleboards and kayaks only produce a soft squeal when passengers board. The staff also equips each rider with a map of the harbor's restaurants to find grub after their adventure.
Students at Villa Pilates & Yoga sweat in an earth- and body-safe studio furnished with sustainable bamboo floors and bathed in nothing but nontoxic paint and natural light. Owner Carly Farmer and her staff carefully cultivate the noncompetitive atmosphere at what the OC Metro called a “little gem” by teaching a seven-days-a-week schedule of classes that welcomes all skill levels—from beginners seeking a comfortable environment to begin their practice to experienced yogis looking to perfect advanced moves in a private or semiprivate class. Steadily transitioning poses form the basis of Vinyasa-style yoga flow classes, whereas music yoga classes rely on melodies and rhythms to help move yogis through a choreographed sequence. Reformer Pilates offers a change of pace from the studio’s yoga sessions by putting students through a more intense, calorie-burning session than either yoga or traditional Pilates. Students in need of a mat can rent one for a dollar or visit the studio’s boutique store to shop for accessories such as yoga mats and water bottles, as well as exercise clothing for those who forgot to dress their shadow before class.
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.
Having mastered high-performance body-sculpting techniques, Keith and Blake Robbins—the KBR in KBR Lifestyles—decided they wanted to help others do the same. They started training clients independently in their homes and parks and eventually became personal trainers, helping actors and actresses whip into shape for upcoming roles. They wanted to bring their know-how to the general public to help people make lifestyle changes beyond getting a more finely tuned six-pack, so they opened KBR Lifestyles in Anaheim and quickly expanded to Newport Beach. They work one-on-one with clients of all fitness levels, from complete beginners to professional athletes, helping them inject fitness and nutrition into their daily lives.
Their high-intensity cross-training workouts take place inside or outside and challenge students with an ever-varied combination of strength and cardio training. Ample workout toys fill both locations, including cardio and strength machines, resistance bands, medicine balls, and aerobic steps.
Leaving no detail overlooked, trainers make sure clients receive complimentary towels and water during their workouts to sweep away signs of sweat and replenish its source more pleasantly than re-drinking it again and again. The gym's amenities extend beyond the realm of exercise, from the mobile auto detailer who makes cars sparkle in the lot as clients workout to the massage therapists who banish muscle tension.
The trainers behind Meraki Barre don't just want to help their clients get in shape. They want to make the world an all-around healthier place by leading dynamic fitness classes in a 900-square-foot studio space built with eco-conscious, exercise-encouraging decor from the ground up. Padded and sustainable bamboo floors cushion exercisers during workouts, and energy-efficient LED lights keep the studios bright. Along the walls, 80 feet of ballet barres provide stability, and a 14-foot, multimount TRX installation allows for group classes using the suspension-training equipment.
Seven days a week, the staffers lead total-body training sessions that enhance classic fitness methods such as yoga and barre training with the incorporation of free weights and other strength-developing circuits. Their specialty Pound classes draw on musical inspirations that transform the motions of playing the drums into a series of core, leg, and upper-body conditioning moves. Students wield weighted drumsticks called Ripstix to echo the rhythms of the Poundtrack, a playlist of everything from rock to dubstep broadcast over the professional-grade audio system. As the music plays, the color-controllable LED lights cast club-like hues around the studio to help students get lost in the music or pretend to be a rainbow.