Trapeze High owners David Ayers and his wife, Lindsay Van Voorhis, refer to their trapeze school as a ?tribe.? It?s home to a close-knit community of passionate fliers who work together in order to ensure everybody?s safety and development. At least three instructors operate the trapeze rig during classes for beginners, helping novices climb the ladder, attach their safety lines, get ready for takeoff, and execute their first trick. Exhaustive attention also extends to more advanced students, who can hone complicated techniques and learn how to dodge flying squirrels in courses up to Level 5.
Beyond guaranteeing operational safety, David and Lindsay recognize that maintaining a nurturing, supportive community is the best way to help newcomers overcome their fears of flying through midair. To that end, they invite students to bring along their friends and family to cheer them on. They ban the word can?t from the school premises, although they encourage each student to progress through lessons at his or her own pace according to strength, skills, and desire.
The husband-and-wife team also operates the Circus Fund, an outreach program that provides at-risk youth with the chance to experience the circus arts and form support systems with their peers.
Clients saddle up to the stable of whole-body-vibration trainers at Success Wellness's Szone, stepping onto the machines' vibrating platforms as they initiate thousands of tiny muscle contractions across the body. The technology was originally developed to help astronauts to maintain crucial muscle mass while floating around in microgravity, and it now enjoys popularity among celebrities and athletes as a hassle-free way to augment the effects of regular exercise. Success Wellness's entire facility focuses on the vibration exercise, which can give practitioners results in as little as 10-minute sessions three times a week. Regular practice can increase bone density and muscle mass, and the low-impact nature of the exercise makes it ideal for seniors, those with conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, or fitness-conscious Fabergé eggs.
After years of figure skating, soccer playing, and jazz and tap dancing, co-owners Lori Allen and Jenny Geyser needed a fitness program that developed muscle strength and flexibility without terrorizing their joints. They landed on the Purre Barre method, and after years spent as students, they decided to go pedagogical, teaching others.
In their cozy, mirrored studio practitioners stabilize and stretch limbs on the ballet barre that surrounds the walls before assaulting the abs, hips, glutes and arms with a barrage of small isometric movements. By eliminating jumping by enforcing a strict no-pogo-stick policy, the exercises help bodies prevent undue stress on the joints.
CORE40 is a brand which fuses Pilates with cardio and strength training workouts to form a comprehensive, calorie-burning system. Clients work in small groups, sweating through muscle-building CORE40 classes held on Megaformer M3 machines and fast-paced COREcycle classes held on high-tech, customizable spin bikes. The gym also offers the best of both worlds with COREcombo classes, which combine elements of each program to give participants a rapid, effective workout in under one hour. Certified instructors lead each energetic class or personal training session, pushing clients to work past their preconceived limits and offering encouragement along the way.
Scott Baker doesn't care if you can point to your latissimus dorsi muscle, nor will he ever make you pronounce a word like "gastrocnemius." Years ago, Scott realized that he wanted to be a different kind of trainer?the kind who connects with his clients, rather than merely handing them weights and an anatomy book.
Scott's philosophy is simple, but he's tested it many times over the course of his 15 years as a personal trainer: hard work works. At Gemini Fit Lounge, his boutique gym in Solana Beach, he puts that philosophy into action. Though one-on-one personal training will always be his specialty, Scott has expanded his offerings to include group training, training camps, and sports-specific workouts. His positive attitude is contagious and attracts many types of clients, from weekend warriors to professional athletes. He asks only that these clients believe in themselves, stick to their fitness goals, and stop asking him to arm wrestle all the time.
Sunlight and fresh air pour through the open windows at The Gym in Del Mar, swirling around 9,000 square feet of space that features free weights, cardio equipment, a yoga studio, and more. On both of its levels, the facility offers an assortment of small group classes, each of which is designed and led by a professional instructor. A basketball court and personal training areas provide additional chances to mix up routines, and a kids club watches over tykes five days per week.