Poway Pilates owner and head instructor Jennifer Richards and her team of Pilates Method Association-certified staff chisel their clients into shape using the Stott Pilates technique. The style, which blends principles of
sports medicine with physical therapy and modern fitness, works to strengthen specific joints at the same time as the whole body?creating long, lean muscles and improving overall stability.
Inside the 1,600-square foot studio, walls painted in soothing earth tones provide a pleasant contrast from rows and racks of sweat-inducing Stott Pilates gear. Private and group sessions guide guests through core-strengthening Pilates mat and reformer exercises, during which instructors use
verbal cues to tell participants when to change positions. Other sessions combine the basics with boot-camp, barre, and kettlebell workouts.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Jason Dunbar, owner of CrossFit Poway, has been a CrossFit trainer since 2004, and he took part in some of the renowned workout method's first certification sessions in Santa Cruz. Each one-hour workout is different from the last, challenging muscles to get stronger and faster through high-intensity functional movements such as dumbbell lifts, jumping squats, and anvil juggling. Dunbar also specializes in coaching children and teens during CrossFit Kids classes. In 2011, his gym helped to build a stronger community by hosting a 31 Heroes event to raise money for the families of military personnel killed in active duty.
Burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts of Fit in 60 can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be. Fit in 60's founder discovered firsthand how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement.
The Bar Method is an exercise superbreed, combining the benefits of interval training, isometrics, dance principles, and physical therapy into one revolutionary routine. Embraced by a slew of celebrities and led by expert instructors, this elegant exercise method fosters fat burning and muscle sculpting as it improves strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, partakers tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body exercises designed to firm up thighs, glutes, and abs, speeding students toward the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer without the discomfort of wearing a tutu. Locker rooms are stocked with spa-like amenities that include shampoos, conditioners, and blow dryers.