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.
Jungle Gym & Cafe combines children's activities, fitness classes, and a gourmet café complete with free WiFi and two flat-screen TVs that light up with NFL action on Saturdays and Sundays. Children can cavort across bounce houses and block pits or partake in basketball and badminton, while watchful parents dine on turkey wraps or Greek salads. Meanwhile, group fitness-classes practice cardio dance, yoga, and aerobics. Inside the medical spa suite, a doctor helps parents regain their youth with chemical peels, Botox, and vein repair treatments.
Holistic Hideaway founder Tenia Bentley is a one-woman show when it comes to health. In addition to her role as a licensed holistic-health practitioner, she plays the part of a certified clinical nutritionist, an oriental-arts massage therapist, and a yoga instructor. All these approaches to living healthfully give Bentley a certain circumspection when clients approach her with the desire to learn how to improve their diets or bolster their immune systems through her unique brand of raindrop aromatherapy.
After years of figure skating, soccer playing, and jazz and tap dancing, co-owners Lori Allen and Jenny Geyser needed a fitness program that developed muscle strength and flexibility without terrorizing their joints. They landed on the Purre Barre method, and after years spent as students, they decided to go pedagogical, teaching others.
In their cozy, mirrored studio practitioners stabilize and stretch limbs on the ballet barre that surrounds the walls before assaulting the abs, hips, glutes and arms with a barrage of small isometric movements. By eliminating jumping by enforcing a strict no-pogo-stick policy, the exercises help bodies prevent undue stress on the joints.
Yoga Del Mar is a renowned house of Hatha yoga that reinforces limb-limbering postures with spiritual guidance provided by some of San Diego's stretchiest experts. Instructor Geri Portnoy was one of the area's first certified teachers of the Anusara style—poses emphasizing alignment and focusing energies—and fellow instructor Roger Cole, PhD, teaches precise Iyengar yoga and contributes to Yoga Journal magazine. In terms of class options, neophytes can begin with level one, which moves at a careful pace with detailed instructions, and grizzled flex-meisters can skip to higher levels to test their seasoned skills. Beyond traditional class formats, the studio also hosts breath- and stretch-minded gatherings for the prenatal crowd.