Though the Megaformer may sound like a character out of Transformers, it's actually a piece of Pilates equipment. The apparatus blends classic Pilates movements with cardio and weight training for a full-body workout. It's also what sets Pilates Plus Cycle apart from its competitors. Rather than run in place on a treadmill or perform repetitive dead lifts, members immerse themselves in a fitness practice that quickly tones limbs, strengthens mid-sections, and boosts endurance without putting pressure on their joints. Though they're the centerpiece, the Megaformer classes aren't the only workouts at the fitness haven. Spinning whisks members onto stationary bikes where they change the resistance settings and speed to burn calories and firm up legs.
A sprawling multisport facility, Next Level Sports Complex welcomes athletes from all walks to train, join youth and adult leagues, or enroll in athletic clinics and camps. The complex contains 11 basketball courts, 14 volleyball courts, and 4 turf fields for soccer and other sports. When they're not participating in open-gym and league games, athletes can take advantage of the weight-training facilities or various fitness courses.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts?all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines?upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros.
The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in Pilates classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Skilled muscle manipulators erase aches from tense backs at the Racquet Club of Irvine, where therapeutic massage services serve as a soothing conclusion to a day spent splashing about the pool and hitting the courts.
Before Art Stone was head of Total Woman Gym & Spa, he ran a chain of salons. His female clientele loved their custom cuts, but California had no shortage of stylists—what they really struggled to find was day-spa pampering and weight-loss assistance, all in one spot. Stone listened, and in 1965, created precisely the sanctuary they were looking for.
At CycleLab Fitness Studio, clients ride for miles and miles without ever stepping outside. The studio is outfitted with rows of Blade Ion bikes and a wall-to-wall photo mural of an road hedged by lush trees and mountains. Experienced spin instructors lead students through challenging sessions designed to improve physical fitness or focus on specific cycling goals. A high-tech system tracks each bike?s metrics and posts them on giant screens so students can see their rotations per minute and rank in the class. Daily classes are available morning, afternoon, and evening to accommodate all schedules.
At The Training Zone, Sean Canova and Trevor Duncan have combined two decades of experience in the health and fitness industry to create functional exercise programs that even NFL cheerleaders find challenging. Canova has a background in mixed martial arts and previously ran his own personal training business, and Duncan?who holds a degree in sports training and certifications through CrossFit and the American College of Sports Medicine?spent 13 years as a personal trainer and post-physical-therapy conditioning trainer, helping patients heal at an outpatient physical-therapy clinic.
They keep class sizes small to give students maximum attention and motivation. During Fixed Gear stationary cycling classes, which are held in a modernist space with corrugated metal paneling, nightclub-like music plays as instructors lead spinners through high-energy workouts. Fast-paced Train 60 classes incorporate body-weight exercises such as pull-ups and squats, as well as boxing and kicking maneuvers. The training center's bright green walls provide a cheerful backdrop as overhead fans steal away rising body heat and reveal which guests are using inflatable dumbbells.