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.
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.
Equipment: Cones, harnesses, resistance bands, jump ropes
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring a positive spirit and an open mind. You will sweat, have fun, and be challenged to your level.
Anyone who has ever been kicked out of a nightclub for trying to ride in on their bike didn?t really do anything wrong, they just went to the wrong place. The instructors at bike2thebeat are as versed in DJ'ing as they are in leading stationary-cycling classes, hosting their workouts within a mirrored studio that emanates a nightclub-style ambiance. Once students are comfortably situated atop their stationary velocipede of choice, they dim the can lights and raise the black lights to bring T-shirts, towels, and linen-clad ghosts to glowing fruition. Then they start spinning thumping tunes, swirling multicolored beams around the room and shouting out exercises and dance-like moves to create an intense, high-energy cycling routine. Routines vary according to each instructor's unique style, but they all deliver a calorie-burning cardiovascular workout. Guests have access to changing rooms, showers, and complimentary towels before and after every workout.