Certified personal trainer Robert Schwartz wasn't always blessed with such a rippling physique. Before he started getting serious about training, he had a hard time running down the street without his fingers and toes swelling up. That's all a distant memory now, thanks to his dedication to an intense fitness regimen that helped him lose 100 pounds and get in the best shape of his life.
At RS Fitness for Life, Robert shares his proven workout strategies with others through boot camps and one-on-one personal-training sessions. His boot camps may involve everything from weightlifting to kickboxing, but the overarching focus is always on a high-intensity workout. Robert knows that fitness isn't limited to the gym, so he also offers nutritional and lifestyle counseling to interested clients.
Part of a national organization originally founded to emphasize agricultural education, Orange County 4-H now supports young people with developmental programs to help them achieve their full potential in a variety of areas. 4-H programs engage more than 900 youth in Orange County in a range of activities, including robotics, public speaking, horseback riding, and gardening.
A wall mural of a full moon watches over Live Oak Yoga, invoking a serene environment for a variety of yoga classes. Students stretch their limbs, following along with instructors as they move through Hatha-style introductory yoga, gentle yoga, and balance-honing yoga flow sessions. Instructors in all classes teach traditional asanas, or poses, with breathing exercises and meditation in order to help students strengthen the bond between body and mind. Live Oak Yoga’s owner Shea Englebright’s qualifications span from the ancient practice of yoga to massage in calming, pain-alleviating, and energizing styles. Reiki sessions balance a body’s reserves of spiritual, mental, and emotional energy, the relaxation massage promotes blood circulation at a pace ideal for forming a body-wide lazy river.
At Max Muscle, teams of knowledgeable health experts maximize bodies’ potential with fat-burning enzymes, muscle-boosting proteins, and vital vitamins and nutrients. Certified nutrition coaches help customers craft personalized nutrition plans based on meticulous research, thorough analysis of body composition, and interviews with 19th-century circus strongmen. The shop's tidy shelves brim with specially formulated pills, whey powders, and bars designed for amateurs seeking to reinforce a healthy lifestyle or professionals looking to sharpen their frames before high-stakes muscle flex-offs.
Yoga Girls by Allure’s team of instructors fosters a calming and supportive environment in which women can hone their physical forms and relax their minds. An extensive lineup of classes instills strength, balance, flexibility, and grace in students, a combination that allows for poised room entrances and dramatic crab-walking exits. Offerings include hot yoga, which helps yogis sweat out toxins and impurities, and sunrise yoga, which welcomes the day with gentle maneuvers and aromatherapy. Yoga Girls also offers less traditional practices such as aerial yoga, which employs soft fabric trapezes that allow students to levitate to help them access tricky postures and maintain proper alignment.
iDanze's spacious studio abounds with a variety of high-energy and fun dance-fitness classes throughout the week. During adult and senior Zumba classes, Latin dance music booms as feet salsa, samba, and merengue across the hardwood floors, torching calories and toning muscles. The certified instructors lead yoga, belly-dancing, and kickboxing classes and teach youngsters the foundations of dancing during ballet and kids' Zumba classes. The studio also rents out its spacious floors for parties, special events, supplying disco lights, DJs, and dance instructors, but patrons must bring their own sense of rhythm.