At South County Physical Therapy & Pilates, physical therapists and certified Pilates instructors join forces to fight unhealthiness. Co-owner and Director of Physical Therapy Melissa Walls channels experience honed during her time at the University of California Davis, where she earned a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. The physical therapy sector of the practice delivers one-on-one attention to heal patients quickly and permanently, honing in on the origin of their pain with treatments that tend to the entire person, not solely the injury or their squeakiest muscle. This therapy blends seamlessly with the second prong of the business: Pilates. Warmed by the natural light that flows through large studio windows, instructors sculpt lean torsos and cultivate body awareness during private lessons or group classes performed atop the reformer or mat.
After a career spent performing with Enrique Iglesias and as a principal dancer for Walt Disney World, Andrea Rogers created the Xtend Barre workout to weave her passion for dance into her life as a Pilates instructor. Her workouts—which consist of cardio-based rhythm moves with core-strengthening Pilates routines—caught on and spread internationally, reaching Stephanie Grauer, who opened the Mission Viejo location. Worn out from her time as a competitive runner, Stephanie realized that the exercise combination strengthened her joints, enhanced her flexibility, and improved her mobility. She soon became certified in the method and outfitted her studio with a host of instructors who lead 32 classes a week within the sunny, wood-floored space. The instructors spend each 55-minute workout demonstrating moves that use medicine balls and ballet barres, offering hands-on adjustments and modifications to suit pregnant women, beginners, or more advanced students with three legs.
The certified trainers at Pilates Plus offer one-on-one and group training designed around the Pilates system, which builds powerful core muscles while toning and lengthening other muscle groups. Fifty-five-minute sessions use equipment such as reformers, ladder barrels, and Wunda chairs to work different sets of muscles. Besides Pilates, the center also offers Zumba, reiki, and massage therapy.
Named one of the top five best Pilates studios in the OC in 2008 and 2009 by CityVoters, ABC Pilates molds muscles and tones tendons with a variety of classes and techniques. Mat flow classes combine traditional mat work with free weights, bands, and stability balls, improving your ability to walk while holding a chest freezer overhead. Rubber band enthusiasts can try TRX, a suspension system designed to increase strength using your own body weight. Zumba is a cardio carnival that blends Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a sweaty dance-off, and boot camp is an indoor/outdoor class that mixes cardio, body weight exercises, and interval and strength training. To build strength, flexibility, and balance while working the mind, take a yoga class.
Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes will work your body in ways it's never been worked before by balancing the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through the perfect blend of the ballet barre, weight-training, and limber Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs while burning fat efficiently and blocking out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon overtake the food chain.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga 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.