For trainer Katherine Castillo, nobody said fitness couldn’t be fun. She exemplifies this philosophy during her signature Zumba classes, motivating students of all skills and sizes to shimmy, twist, and twirl themselves through invigorating, Latin-flavored beats. Although physically challenging, her classes are easy to learn; students watch her and do what she’s doing. If someone misses a beat or falls behind, it’s OK. As long as they keep a stream of constant motion, calories will continue to fall from the body and collect on the floor in stacks of Twizzlers.
Ventura Country Club unfurls its par 70, 5,659-yard course around the edge of a meandering body of water, challenging golfers with narrow fairways and sporadic trees engulfing projectile easements. On the seventh hole, an honor guard of water hazards and bunkers allows only the most precise shots to enter its elevated green, followed by the 467-yard 13th hole, an imposing gauntlet encompassing a sharp dogleg left dotted with palm trees that yearn to swat down careless strokes. Three sets of tees ensure that players of every skill level can thoroughly enjoy the course's intricacies. Before circumnavigating the links, golfers can warm up on the driving range with a bag of range balls apiece, practicing long-range shots or revealing their mannequin-leg sand wedge. Two bottles of water replenish sweat lost during intense putts, and a pair of hot dogs either cures postgame hunger or acts as meaty makeshift tees.
Operated by a team of board-certified physicians, I Care Clinic strives to make basic health care accessible and affordable for the general public. In addition to caring for patients with urgent medical needs, the doctors also offer a variety of essential primary care services, including general physicals, cancer screenings, and brain reboots.
The center does more than keep patients healthy. Those seeking to lose a few pounds for cosmetic reasons can turn to its weight-loss programs. These fully customized programs can include weekly progress reviews with a staff member as well as waistline-slimming vitamin injections and whole-body vibration sessions. Additional services include laser hair removal, rejuvenating facials, and lymphatic massage.
Certified golf instructor Chris Bonner draws on more than 15 years as a professional teacher to tailor lessons for each player's unique tendencies. Thanks to his flexible teaching style?perfected while teaching for three different Golf Digest Top 50 instructors?Chris feels right at home with golfers of all stripes. Lessons begin with proper fundamentals and move into swing mechanics, always taking into account the player's personal goals and abilities.
Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.
At Kinder Kicks, parents and children exercise, learn, and bond during get-togethers that fuse age-appropriate activities with applicable life lessons, from sharing to traffic safety and self-control. Three different age groups—Remarkable Me, Jumping Joey, and Leadership Lion—divvy up the action for newborns through 4-year-olds, with each tier focusing on skills and principles that are easily digestible for its participants.
Remarkable Me sessions, for instance, offer tactile, auditory, and visual stimulation for toddlers while their parents engage in cardio- and strength-training workouts. As kids advance, so does the curriculum: by the time they reach Leadership Lion status, youngsters are practicing basic martial arts to develop a positive attitude toward physical fitness and learn how to kick through their bedroom's forcefield when they're grounded. Little ones are ushered through this progression by friendly instructors, along with The Remarkables—a team of animal characters that makes visits all the more enjoyable.