Though Ardy Conway and her staff of certified trainers at Ardy's Pilates Studio work primarily with three apparatus—the Reformer, the Cadillac, and the chair—they are well equipped to weave more than 500 Pilates exercises into their custom workouts. Ardy draws on more than 20 years of experience as she and her team tailor private and semiprivate sessions to individual goals, such as relieving joint pain or improving at golf. The instructors also host group Reformer classes, which max out at six students to keep classes personal and allow competitive sextuplets to remain at the same fitness level.
Custom Workouts might feel a bit smaller than your average chain gym—that's part of its appeal. The private setting allows gym-goers to work out on top-notch equipment without feeling intimated or overwhelmed. Staying true to its commitment to the individual, the gym also offers personal training with a reasonable price tag. But those who crave the motivation of peers can opt for group classes such as Zumba and spinning.
The Circuit Family Fitness aims to offer a venue for guests to infuse health into their lives, whether that stems from fitness or relaxation. The fitness side includes a fully equipped gym with free weights and cardio machines, as well as fitness classes, such as Zumba and cardio kickboxing. Guests looking for relaxation can recline in the infrared sauna, unwind with a Swedish massage, doze an aromatherapy body wrap, or enjoy a number of other spa services.
Inspirational public intellectual Dr. Cornel West shares his reverent and unflinching insight into matters of democracy, justice, and love in an empowering keynote speech to West Hills College Lemoore. A proponent of progressive politics and an ironclad siren for social righteousness, Dr. West has become an icon with his gift of impassioned and skillful communication, bestselling novels such as Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and countless television and radio appearances, all of which portray his quick wit and unflappable moral vision. Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard after obtaining two bachelor's degrees in three years and shaming Doogie Howser, and today tirelessly inspires audiences while maintaining his position as Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Grammy-winning singer Lady Tramaine Hawkins and powerhouse crooner Bob Rawleigh bring sweet and stirring gospel music to the through-provoking revival, followed by a soul-food dinner and a dance.
Set on 45 acres of rustic Central Coast wine country, Sagrada Wellness fosters relaxation and spiritual attunement through personal retreats that allow couples to hike, swim, and sleep away their stresses under the starry curtain of night. Ideal for those who need a breather from the breakneck pace of everyday life, retreats promote meaningful connections with close friends and family members by replacing hurried hugs and kisses with communal mealtimes, during which guests prepare and share food together. Days can be well-spent walking hand-in-hand across one of San Luis Obispo's white-sand beaches, reading partisan diatribes in the shade of ancient olive trees, or watering the man-eating plants trained to intercept bosses trespassing on the property. Other complimentary activities include sunbathing sessions beside a spring-fed lake, self-guided yoga practice, and expeditions through 8 miles of trails speckled with manzanilla trees and sacred mountain sage. For an additional fee, guests may arrange horseback-riding sessions and holistic spa treatments.
Helmed by photo instructor Hal “Bull” Schmitt, Light Photographic Workshops simplify Adobe programs with single-day, eight-hour sessions designed to turn Photoshop neophytes into pic-enhancing masters. The course will delve into Lightroom’s powerful, easy-to-use sliders, tools, and basic editing functions for removing apparitional pic crashers. Though not required, students are welcome to bring their Lightroom 3–equipped laptop to the class to follow along with the lesson plan or a notepad and quill pen to take notes. Upon completing the course, each student takes home an instructional DVD with more than 8 hours of material for multimedia reminders of the class’s subject matter and a 40 percent discount on their first fine art, photo, or fine-art gallery canvas wrap print order through Light Workshops. Students are encouraged to bring either a bagged lunch or lunch money to save personal computers and fellow students from accidental ingestions.
Founded by a trio of athletic pals, LeftLane Sports vends top sporting gear and apparel brands boasting deep retail discounts. Among outdoors products, camping carryalls such as High Sierra Explorer 55 backpacks ($59.95) soothe shoulders with padded straps, and waterproof leather shoes by Teva ($44.95) keep tootsies dry during nature hikes or sober during grape-stomping tournaments. Ruffle-hemmed Fila skorts ($19.95) help tennis divas upstage homely opponents, and Puma running shorts with refractive trim ($17.45) keep nighttime joggers from being confused with local ninjas. With sport-specific Bern helmets ($39.95+), skateboarders, snowboarders, and wake-boarders can safeguard noggins from gnarly wipeouts. Buyers may use the value of their Groupon toward the cost of shipping. LeftLane Sports ships most orders in one business day.