At the San Clemente Gym, the bottom line is fitness, but the atmosphere is familial and unpretentious. The latest StarTrac ellipticals, stairmasters, and stationary bikes roam across the floor alongside herds of free weights, mountains of plates, and forests of barbells that together add up to more iron than a steel mill.
The instructors at Canvas, Paint and Wine, Oh My! edify budding artists in their spirited 2.5-hour workshops, which yield canvas-and-acrylic images of sunsets, cresting waves, death-metal album covers, and other pleasant images. In classes often held at Luggatti's Italian Grill, teachers help guide students' brushes across the canvas with step-by-step instruction as students imbibe wine and absorb appetizers.
On the heels of 20 years of experience, the instructors of USSD Martial Arts of San Clemente guide a wide variety of programs to students ranging from three-years-old to adult-age. The Kempto Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs focus on subjects such as self defense, anti abduction, stranger danger and bully prevention.
The friendly staff at OceanaFit tinkers with its patrons' postures and the studio's thermostat to achieve homeostatic relaxation. With a schedule of more than 40 classes a week, even people without pencils can find time to pencil in sessions. OceanaFit's class offerings include introductory sessions, which focus on the alignment, postures, and breathing central to Vinyasa-style yoga, and subsequent classes apply those skills in hotter environments. OceanaFit makes both yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes feel equally welcome.
Monkey bars glint in the sun, surrounded by a grassy expanse and a line of giddy guests waiting their turn in line. But these jungle-gym enthusiasts aren’t children—they’re the muscular boot campers in Training Camp’s expansive backyard. In the verdant field, certified trainers lead small, motivated groups through a Cross Training workout of the day, challenging them with sprints around the 1/8–mile track, ropes that hang from lofty trees, or lifting weights in the outdoor weight room. They switch up the routines daily to keep muscles interested, and they scale exercises to suit the fitness levels of all guests.
Training Camp’s instructors also move inside the 4,000-square-foot facility to lead hot-yoga classes. They modify moves within an exposed-brick and soft-floor studio, helping students deepen their stretch as hot air loosens muscles. When not in classes, students can unwind in the smoothie bar and lounge, sinking into the cozy leather couches and awaiting a turn in the private massage room.
Dynasty Creative Arts Studio’s pendant-crafting class introduces participants to the art of jewelry making during 1.5-hour molding sessions. Small classes of eight students shape and press wax stamps into antique-style charms or pendants of fine silver clay, imprinted with letters, organic designs, and cheat codes to video games. A genuine ruby, sapphire, or emerald stone adds color and sparkle to each pendant as aspiring jewelers construct their customized pieces. After designs are complete, instructors fire the trinkets in a kiln, which transforms the clay into solid fine silver faster than holding it over a campfire or a sleeping dragon’s nostrils. Visitors can stay cozy while working on their projects with Dynasty’s in-studio fireplace, warm blankets, and steaming cups of espresso, latte, and herbal tea.