• For $59, you get one month of adult fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable at the Downtown, Live Oak, or Westside locations or at the Cabrillo Fitness Club in Aptos. Zumba classes are not valid Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at Live Oak. • For $49, you get one month of kids' and teen fitness classes (up to 10 classes, a $140 value). This option is redeemable only at the Westside and Live Oak locations.
Students at Motion Pacific learn innovative dance techniques by artfully moving limbs in classes ranging from tap dance to Afro Caribbean contemporary, as well as watching professionals glide onstage during Santa Cruz Dance's fall season. In a new facility, which combines 1,200- and 1,400-square-foot studios with sprung ash floors, Motion Pacific students learn how to shuffle-ball-change and pirouette from American Ballet Theatre–certified teachers and world-class hokey-pokey medalists. Motion Pacific’s Flex Dance Company class brings in company dancers to lead students, and its Pilates class provides an opportunity to strengthen and condition dancing limbs. Students can observe the graceful moves of Santa Cruz Dance pros in acts to be announced mid-August, and Motion Pacific’s fall session begins September 12.
Author, massage therapist, former dancer, and world-reaching Pilates educator Lisa Graham oversees Agile Monkey Pilates Studio, aiming to provide the tools for students to fine-tune their physiques and better understand their bodies. In a spacious, light-filled studio annex, four senior instructors with years of teaching experience lead evening and morning group mat classes.
A California native, Bud Freitas has surfed the Santa Cruz seas since he was knee-high to a tidal wave, eventually segueing into a career as a professional surfer and member of the Fox Head surf team. During lessons, surfers tread the foamy waves of Santa Cruz in order to cultivate their board balance. Adept at addressing the concerns of sea skimmers of all skill levels, Freitas helps beginners overcome their fears of judgmental jellyfish and furnishes aspiring professionals with nuanced tips on developing advanced skills and participating in competitions. Two-hour group and individual lessons seek to expand surfers' skillsets, both physically and mentally. Surf School Santa Cruz equips wave-riders with surfboards and wetsuits so that they don't have to wear snowpants and ride a water-treading donkey.
Today’s Groupon replaces your normal hands and feet with highly skilled climber appendages. For $35, you get five day-passes to Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, including climbing equipment rental and use of the facility's fitness equipment and sauna (a $93 value), plus a two-hour beginner or technique climbing class (a $31.50 value) and one yoga class (a $12 value), a $136.50 total value. Pacific Edge is co-owned and run by a staff of instructors with years of climbing and yoga experience, and was the Best Outdoor Sports School winner in 2009.2000 Feet: The nagging feeling that you’ve left your oven on is misguided. You haven’t. 5000 Feet: Breathing becomes labored; earthly memories fade. 10,000 Feet: Why does it smell like Christmas? 20,000 Feet: Weight of the treasured Elf Stones lifted only by inspiring visions of the Gates of Shamagor. 30,000 Feet: Break for lunch.