For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
The instructors and staff members at Peninsula School of Performing Arts all share a common goal: teaching students the art of dance. Children and adults alike flock to their studio, eager to learn dance styles ranging from classical ballet to tap, jazz, and hip-hop steps. More advanced dancers can even find placement––not to mention another creative outlet––on one of the school's dance companies.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
Michelle St.Claire?s battle with scoliosis finally ended when she found Pilates. She gratefully dove headlong into the exercise form, becoming teacher at and owner of Pilates South Bay, which has now been in business more than four years. Her students ? some of whom are up to 75 years young ? describe her as ?knowledgeable,? a ?motivator,? and a teacher whose calming manner leaves them feeling relaxed ?during and after each session.? However, this doesn't mean her classes are easy. She relentlessly stretches and strengthens her clients? bodies on reformers, supplementing the enhanced Pilates exercises with 30-minute jumpboard classes. Her jumpboard workouts offer a full-body cardio blast, engaging all the muscles to quickly raise heart rates.
Studio Pulse, a Mad Dogg?licensed studio with 30 Spinner NXT bikes, specializes in hybrid cycling classes that gun for a full-body burn. Up to 30 exercisers climb aboard stationary bikes for 50-minute spin sessions, which keep legs churning and toast calories with interval training. SpinSculpt blends 30 minutes of cardio with 30 minutes of strength drills, and SpinStretch unfurls limbs into balance-boosting poses after cycling. Torsos clench throughout SpinCore's medley of tummy-conditioning moves that tighten abs both on and off the bikes. As adults pedal in the spin studio, youngsters can flex into fun moves in an adjacent room, practicing stances that mirror trees, animals, and their favorite pasta noodle.
Professional, award-winning surfers and lifeguards comprise the team of instructors that equips students with gear and sends them paddling into the ocean. To ensure safety and capitalize on ideal waves, the seasoned athletes check ocean conditions and Poseidon's mood before taking groups or individuals out to sea. As beginners become proficient at catching waves, the instructors level up their curriculum and teach intermediate or advanced feats. Islands Surf Camp stays active in its community by donating time and gear to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, SURF, and Echo Malibu.