At times, the atmosphere at Waterbabies Swim School is almost ethereally idyllic; clouds drift overhead as wriggling youngsters dive through hula hoops and parents cradle their infants to embark on a first float. More than 20 years ago, Wendy Gallagher developed the model for this utopic swim academy—lauded by CBS Local as having some of the Best Swim Lessons in Orange County in 2011—in a backyard pool in Capistrano Beach. She noticed how the intimate setting helped children enjoy lessons and eased the anxieties of parents watching their offspring submerge and surface as fully-grown otters. Guided by that experience, she installed modern facilities on the grounds of a quaint, 1920s white-stucco bungalow. The changing rooms feature kid-sized bathroom fixtures and, out in the backyard, a saltwater pool remains heated year-round to a balmy 92 degrees for both swim lessons and parties, staying clean via an Ozone system that instantly kills bacteria.
In Gallagher's aquatic curriculum, water safety is paramount, followed by a loving approach and the conviction that parents of infants can teach their babies how to swim. As a certified Pilates therapist, she quickly sees and corrects improper alignment, and as a mother of four, she knows how games and songs can be used to make lessons more fun and more effective. Instructors are equally sensitive as a result of training with Gallagher and are all certified in infant swimming by the United Swim School Association, a continuing-education organization. To ensure safety and personal attention, lessons max out at three students, and there are never more than two lessons occurring simultaneously in the pool.
Dr. Hossein Jahangiri has gained a deep knowledge of cosmetic dentistry, implants, and intravenous conscious sedation through hundreds of hours of continuing education, in addition to his dental training at USC. But Dr. Jahangiri's background isn't the only draw to Southern California Family Dentistry, his Whittier dental office. With his crack team of dentists—Dr. Le and Dr. Hakham—Dr. Jahangiri beautifies smiles with advanced cosmetic and preventative dentistry services, ranging from teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments to gum grafting, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns fit for King Toothy. But before any treatment is performed, the dentists examine each smile, looking for cavities and gum diseases, and thoroughly explains to clients each potential service option.
At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
Orshi McNaughton is a self-proclaimed myth buster, debunking peoples? misconceptions about the science of working out and nutrition to help them lead healthier lifestyles. She also challenges traditional notions of boot camp, describing her sessions as personal training in a group setting rather than military-inspired shoutfests. Whether inside one of her brand new state-of-the-art fitness facilities or outdoors, she and her nine co-trainers wring sweat from students with interval training workouts that incorporate boot camp and kickboxing. On any given day, classes might make use of kettlebells, battle ropes, pull-up bars, or BOSU balance trainers, as well as more traditional dumbbells, medicine balls, and stationary penny farthings.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.