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. As an added convenience, the gym offers complimentary childcare Monday?Friday for infants, toddlers and children of all ages.
Huw Lloyd Davies and Stu White started HDX Fit as a place where they can help others improve their own health and fitness. The center's training principles are built upon holistic health awareness, the fundamentals of nutrition, and metabolic conditioning. Alongside an excellent supporting staff, the team curates a curriculum of group training classes, personal-training sessions, nutrition consultations, and holistic life coaching.
HDX Fit also offers an online training program, a portal full of videos and written workouts for people who can?t make it to classes because their motorized unicycles are out of gas. The online program includes a weekly telephone chat with one of the gym?s trainers, who speaks to the philosophy of the center's inspirational founder.
Co-founders Tricia Ashley and Michelly Young can both remember the moment they fell in love with yoga. Tricia?s happened when she stepped into a Bikram yoga class and remerged 90 minutes later inspired to dedicate her life to the transformative practice. Michelly, a lifelong dancer and Zumba enthusiast, turned to yoga whenever her MBA program became stressful, and after graduating, she combined her degree and her passion by opening her own studio. Now they find fulfillment everyday helping students discover their best selves and achieve more than they thought was possible.
Together, Tricia and Michelly have created a community that speaks to all their interests with a full list of classes. Their signature hot yoga class is reminiscent of Bikram yoga, but is offered in 60-, 75-, or 90-minute sessions. SolFire also uses radiant heat panels to evenly distribute heat from floor to ceiling. As a result, the air distribution is easier to handle for those with allergies or sensitivities to pollen and dust. Alternatively, Heart and Sol yin yoga offers students a calm environment to stretch and unwind, while Zumba classes set to high-energy music inspire students to dance out their stress, cares, and any sand still stuck from last summer.
Zen Dojos Martial Arts Academy, located in San Juan Capistrano, has black-belted sensei and a family-oriented atmosphere to teach students, from children to adults, the mental discipline of martial arts alongside the physical mastery of each kick and grappling hold. Kenpo karate classes help to develop motor skills and confidence in children aged 3?12. Teens and adults leap into a wide range of combat styles, including krav maga self-defense and jujitsu. The core of its kick-punching pedagogy focuses on strength of character to ensure that students learn how and when to properly channel their skills, whether they are guarding against bullies or weed-whacking a garden by hand.
Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser both studied dance at California State University Long Beach, so it wasn't a stretch for either of them to pick up the controlled, graceful movements of Pilates. But once they did, they were hooked. They earned their BASI certifications for Pilates and ultimately opened Align Pilates Center. There, the duo and their staff teach the core-focused workouts to kids and adults in rooms equipped with Pilates mats and apparatuses. Exercisers can supplement the main workouts with posture- and flow-based yoga or Gyrokinesis workouts. Adding to the welcoming and communal vibe that's inherent in exercises such as Pilates and yoga, the center has an art gallery that showcases local artwork.
The certified instructors and professional staff at Club Pilates are passionate about bringing the full-body health and energy benefits of Pilates to everybody. At this bright and spacious studio, the focus is on Pilates Reformer classes, or classes teaching students the classic flexibility-boosting and strengthening moves of Pilates using Balanced Body Reformer equipment. Students can learn core-strengthening and alignment techniques in Pilates Reformer Level 1, or help boost their metabolisms in the Pilates Reformer Cardio Sculpt class, which features jumping and circuit training that works up a sweat more safely than pushing a wheelbarrow filled with hamburger meat through a wolf pack's territory.