At Cheta Chiropractic & Day Spa, staffers with at least 10 years of experience each pair holistic pampering with the benefits of chiropractic treatment. Their menu tackles beauty standbys such as nail, facial, massage, and waxing services, but veers into territory often untapped by spas with treatments inspired by ancient healing techniques. Therapists ensnare tranquility better than an aromatherapy oil miner with cupping, a Chinese method wherein jars of bamboo or glass safely suction to backs via the heat of ignited contents. Meanwhile, patrons tip in teeters during inversion therapy, a technique that harnesses gravity to realign spines and ease muscles and nerve pressure.
Serenity pours from every corner of the space, which flaunts a scarlet waiting area with cushioned wicker chairs and bright lighting. As a tribute to the mythical Emery Board Forest, the silhouette of a barren tree backs the pedicure room's plush black chairs, and an ornate chandelier sheds light on nearby doting.
With more than 50,000 square feet of collective climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gyms's four locations, including its newest in Long Beach, offer ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the Riverside location, top ropes and lead routes circle around a freestanding boulder that tops off at 20 feet. The Southbay location's large training section gives adventurers prep time before they embark on the facility's challenging crack climbs, and the Upland location's 40-foot roof climb lends a scenic vantage point for those honing their skills on the ceiling-spanning rope or trying to spot a lost contact lens. After traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
At No Limits Sports and Fitness Academy, Alisha Lopez, facility owner and trainer, works with a hand-picked staff to give clients exactly the kind of training they want. Inside a 15,700-square-foot space, she works with clients one-on-one, while other trainers lead group boot camps, teach yoga, and run sports drills. In addition to being a trainer, Lopez holds a Life Coach certification, which enables her to help clients lead happier lives, which in turn empowers them to stop living vicariously through The Game of Life.
Alan Predolin, chief instructor of 360 Krav Maga, doesn't pull any punches, unless he's clipping knees, poking throats, and disabling solar plexuses. Already trained in the martial arts by the age of 7, Alan first got a thirst for reality-based, applicable combat techniques when he was a teenage member of the Guardian Angels. While most kids his age were fighting pimples, Alan was fighting gang members and drug dealers in Hell's Kitchen and the South Bronx. When he was 21, the Italian Army sent Alan to Israel, where he discovered the self-defense art of krav maga and spent his years mastering and sharing its effective techniques.
Years later, Alan has become the guy that local and federal law-enforcement and military units flock to for teaching their recruits the art of quick self-defense. At the 360 Krav Magna schools—the only schools in Tustin, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County to be certified by Krav Maga Global of Israel—Alan's team of certified instructors instill students with the smarts to disarm and disable any viable threat at instinct speed. For those looking for a muscle-sculpting, fat-burning workouts with less eye-poking, 360 Krav Magna's instructors also specialize in intensive kickboxing classes that merge fitness and combat training.
As a movement, CrossFit rejects the idea that one needs the fancy equipment of a big gym to get in shape. Instead, its creators argued that all someone really needs to get fit is a little motivation, a knowledgeable trainer, and a big, empty room. The trainers at CrossFit 5150 embrace that idea, dubbing their gym “the box.” They like to keep it virtually empty, with minimal fitness accoutrements and a maximum amount of sweat dripping to the floor.
The staff create new routines for their charges to perform daily, but these trainers put in double the mental effort. They produce two Workouts of the Day, the first penned on a dry-erase board, letting the gym’s members know how they should break their sweat on any given date. The other is online and requires no equipment whatsoever, which helps prevent travelers, office workers, and people trapped in WiFi-equipped underground bunkers since Y2K from missing a single day of training.
Jaiya Figueras started playing football as a child and eventually tackled his way up to the professional level in Canada, cultivating a career that inspired a passion for coaching. In addition to working as a high-school teacher and football coach, Figueras spent his post-pigskin years studying sports sciences and writing books about training. Eventually, he became a personal trainer, and one of his clients was Kimi Idio. Idio wanted to reboot her sedentary lifestyle, and with the help of Figueras' individualized attention, she was able to change her body and habits. Together, the duo formed Epic, where groups harmoniously endure intense guided workouts. Some workouts focus on muscles, others incorporate unconventional props, such as weighted rubber chickens, and some are designed for runners or football players.