As a thin teen, Peter San Nicolas turned to bodybuilding to buff up his physique, which gained him praise from ESPN’s American Muscle. Then in 1989, Peter channeled that motivation into establishing Ramona Fitness Center, a two-story workout facility for members 21 and over. Now, nearly 25 years later, Peter and his team of dedicated personal trainers and fitness instructors are still motivating others to lose excess weight and tone bodies through personal-training lessons, small-group sessions, and 18 group-fitness courses. Instructors get students’ heart rates pumping during Turbo Kick sessions, which meld kickboxing and intense interval training. Additionally, Core and More classes take 30 minutes to focus on ab work without attempting to do yoga while wearing a suit of steel-plate armor.
The facility is also packed with modern workout equipment that ranges from the ellipticals and spin bikes that line the loft-style second floor to the free weights that fill the ground level. The upscale fitness center is also outfitted with a retail area stacked full of vitamins and supplements.
Jeff Martin's rise to CrossFit acclaim began in the small front room of the phone company he owned with his wife, Mikki. There, he began to teach martial-arts classes in kickboxing, Kenpo karate, and krav maga under the company name Brand X, building a foundation of self-defense skills as his class sizes steadily increased. Jeff's devotion to CrossFit was born simultaneously with Brand X's move to a larger location. Both he and his wife earned their training certifications and established their gym as one of the first official CrossFit affiliates. He then went on to spearhead the CrossFit Kids program, a venture that led to his title as Director of Youth Training for CrossFit Headquarters and the recent surge in toddler NBA recruits.
Today, the classes at CrossFit Brand X encompass every facet of Jeff's journey through the fitness industry. Elite coaches, Kenpo black belts, and certified krav-maga instructors lead sessions for all age groups that aim for functional strength and endurance, helping patrons to feel more powerful and able in their day-to-day activities such as lifting heavy boxes and scaling flights of stairs. The 30-minute CrossFit workouts cull techniques from weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio drills, challenging muscles with movements that correspond to real-life tasks for all-around health.
Nestled among Bernardo Winery's trailing grape vines, Café Merlot serves an elegant brunch spread on its olive tree-shaded patio or within its indoor café. Chef Daniel Reynolds and sous-chef Stella Midori-Mokofski fashion the breakfast menu with Kahlua-infused french toast and steel-cut oatmeal that bench-presses craisins and hunks of brown sugar with its rippling oats. Lobster eggs benedict reclines atop warm focaccia surrounded by a sea of breakfast potatoes. Duos can clink fizzy champagne, mimosas, or glasses of sangria bejeweled with fruit as they nibble California cheeses off a platter piled with olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and tangos across tongues to the accompaniment of live music on Friday mornings and Saturday mornings.
As a full-service cosmetology, aesthetics, makeup-artistry, and holistic-health school, Bellus offers a range of salon services for follicles of all ferocities. Get a haircut ($15 for women), all-over hair coloring ($35+), 50-minute pomegranate facial ($35), or a brow waxing ($10), among many other options. The comprehensive menu also offers Whiter Image teeth whitening ($50), spray tanning ($30 for 30 minutes), and massage ($30 for a 50-minute Swedish). Though many services are performed by beauty professionals in training, all clinical skincare treatments, such as the Intraceutical hyperbaric oxygen-therapy facial ($70 for 45 minutes) are performed by a licensed aesthetician and include a consultation so that your skinscape’s particular isthmuses and archipelagoes are taken into account.
There's that moment, at the top of a fall, when you reach a weightlessness that makes you feel like anything is possible. And in Champion Gymnastics & Cheer's sprawling 8,800-square-foot gym, kids of all ages are reaching for that moment all the time. The coaches lead kids through gymnastics and tumbling classes.
In addition to catering and one-time meal services, Bent On Cooking provides private groups and solo food scholars with interactive cooking lessons under the expert tutelage of Chef Rosie Bent. With more than 13 years of experience as a personal chef and certification as a raw chef, Chef Rosie possesses the know-how and natural ease to teach any fledgling flambéist the pleasures of cooking. Relish the epicurean excitement with a two-hour cooking class for two that can take place in the privacy of your own home or on-site using Bent On Cooking's equipment. During the two-hour culinary lesson, Chef Rosie will guide you in making two to four delicious recipes while demonstrating various techniques such as the backhanded cucumber chop and the double-knot sautéing slide. Ingredients are not included for either location but a shopping list will be provided.
A lifelong artist, Davina Mendoza helps her students discover self-expression and self-confidence through the act of painting. During fun two-hour sessions, she takes them step-by-step through the re-creation of a single piece of art, teaching the necessary techniques for them to start painting on their own. Classes may focus on a Van Gogh–like abstraction of water or a Hawaiian sunset. She serves appetizers during each session and invites her students to bring their favorite grown-up beverages, such as bottles of wine or juice boxes that feature adult situations or strong language. Davina recently appeared on UTTV to demonstrate the therapeutic possibilities of art and creativity.