For James Lucas, fitness has been a lifelong passion, beginning the moment he strapped on his first pair of running sneakers and growing as he went on to participate in sports and earn his trainer's certification from American Fitness Training of Athletics. He brings his enthusiasm and years of experience to AmourFit Personal Training, his private fitness studio. Amid the racks of free weights and professional exercise equipment in the bright space, James and his trainers conduct personal-training sessions for clients of all fitness levels, customizing workouts to accommodate goals such as weight loss, muscle toning, and core strengthening. The versatile instructors also offer nutritional counseling, aquatic therapy, and massage therapy.
At World Black Ryu Martial Arts, instructors strive to teach lessons that extend beyond punches and roundhouse kicks. Instructors impart mental strength and self-discipline to students 3 and older. Their Little Dragon youth training program helps improve social and motor skills in a constructive environment, and adult classes blend elements of jujitsu, karate, and kenpo.
Committing to a workout routine becomes easier when timing isn't a concern. Fitness Mania caters to the needs of its members by staying open 24 hours a day, every day. Visitors can exercise at their own pace and work toward fitness goals while surrounded by the space's pale yellow walls at whatever time fits their schedule. Rows of treadmills and ellipticals?each with their own 15-inch, touch-screen television?fill the space alongside stairmasters, weight machines, and free weights. The gym's trainers are available during select hours to provide personal-training sessions or help members learn to safely use an unfamiliar piece of equipment. Fitness Mania continues to demonstrate its commitment to convenience by providing members with access to shower facilities as well as lockers, which can be used to store personal belongings or pet rocks with separation anxiety.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program at both the Corona and Riverside at Orangecrest facilities. The program features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling, for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy Corona and Riverside at Orangecrest programs for toddlers—who can participate with a parent—through grade schoolers, with programs in gymnastics catered to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check a complete class schedule for Corona and Riverside at Orangecrest to confirm times.
Across the sun-soaked floors, toddlers twirl and scuttle, joyful in their imitation of ballet teachers who instill in them discipline and classic technique. Starting with students ages 2.5 and older, highly trained artistic directors Rachel Swinson-Jacinto (formerly of New York's American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet School as well as a former principal dancer of Inland Dance Theater) and Quincy Jacinto (former principal dancer with Ballet Pacifica and Philippine Ballet Theater) lead dance classes in their homey studio. Ballet instruction is set up for all ages—including one-on-one coaching for professionals—as is contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance. The team also runs musical theater and acting classes, as well as yoga and Zumba to create more well-rounded performers.
Sergeant Marcus Cole became a proud member of the US Air Force at 26. But as he approached retirement age in 2009, he began considering other, more grounded careers—like brewing. During his last few years of service, he reported for duty from 9 to 5 every day, then spent nights brewing beer in an industrial space a half-mile from his reserve base.
Though technically a nanobrewery—so named for the small batches it yields—Cole's Kat Daddy Brewery showcases more than 10 original craft beers. His regular, cask, and nitro pours include the thrice-hopped Bald Headed Vulture IPA and a porter made with 100% unsulfured molasses. Besides the Kat Daddy tasting room, open every Friday and Saturday, Marcus sells his brews at locations such as restaurants and hotels and in person at various beer festivals.