Ranked 138 in the world, Fred Dewitte, play tennis! Orange County?s head instructor, brings his NCAA Division I playing experience to every lesson he teaches for adult and junior students. Fred tailors lessons to the individual player?s skill level and ultimate goals, be it an improvement of stroke mechanics, physical fitness, or more thorough enjoyment of the game. He believes that lessons should be fun for children, and that classes should provide an athletic experience and allow students to lose oneself in the sport during each lesson. Fluent in Japanese, English, and French, Fred can help native speakers of all three languages improve their arguments with line judges and translate opponents' grunts.
The resumes of the instructors at Your Court Tennis may be impressive now?Roy Gessford has two international doubles titles and Sergio Darmon played on the French national U16 team. But for Sergio, Roy, and Orange County coach Justin Thompson?their skills didn't develop overnight. They hope to teach their students to persevere through their struggles while making sure students still enjoy playing the game. The approach works for everyone from first-timers to veteran racket swingers, who they teach in both private and group lessons and camps.
The patter of gloves against heavy bags and the paced breathing of circling sparring partners fills The Boxing Club with energy. That's amplified by trainers, who lead classes in everything from cycling to kickboxing. There's muay thai, for example, an MMA fighting style that torches calories with flurries of flying elbows, knees, and fists, or jiu jitsu, which focuses more on grappling.
Martial arts are, in a way, just one more way of working towards physical fitness for many at the studio. Fitness goals are helped along by a full weight room, cardio area, and pilates studio. There's also a full locker room for cleaning up afterwards.
IceTown helps kids and adults become nimble on their blades with open-skate hours every day of the week as well as hockey and figure-skating instruction. Free introductory Hockey Academy and Skating Academy lessons, both open to boys and girls aged 3 and older, teach agility, puck-smashing skills, and how to carve an ice sculpture with a series of precise blade kicks. Adults brush up on hockey skills in clinics separated by gender, and groups can take part in sled hockey or broomball. IceTown also opens its doors to birthday revelers, providing use of its party room, access to open skate, and 30 minutes on its rock wall.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.