The primary inspiration behind My Gym, a children's activity center with outposts in more than 30 countries, was to combat childhood obesity. This led to the development of a full curriculum of fitness and play classes for kids and invisible friend dinosaurs ages 6 weeks to 13 years. But the physical activity is just part of the process. As each child accomplishes the tasks set forth for their age group—which might include anything from sing-alongs to introductions to sports—kids experience cognitive and emotional benefits as well. The group environment helps students socialize while they learn to share and take turns, and the attention and support from instructors boost their confidence and sense of independence. For kids 2.5 years and older, progress is tracked through the Building Blocks program, a system that recognizes and awards children as they display their new skills at periodic acknowledgment ceremonies.
Jeremy and Janine Hanewinckel, a husband and wife team with varied but complementary backgrounds, own the Yorba Linda My Gym location. Jeremy—or Mr. Jeremy, as the kids call him—received a degree in child and adolescent studies at Cal State Fullerton, and Miss Janine is a certified teacher who, when not at My Gym, interacts with kids through her job at Disneyland. In addition to classes organized by age, their full schedule also includes year-round day camps and customized birthday parties.
Yoga Sol Studio is a Hatha-yoga studio, which means it has a variety of Hatha classes that strengthen core and back muscles. Co-owner Rozanne Englehart and most of the experienced instructors, hold RYT 200 or RYT 500 certifications, and all welcome students of any experience level into their classes. And though their main mission is to align bodies promote strength, toning, and flexibility, instructors don’t lose sight of yoga’s capacity for relaxation, body awareness, and mental clarity, as evidenced by the studio’s candlelight restorative yoga classes.
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The classes at Pilates Plus are, as the studio's name implies, not simply Pilates classes. Rather, they adhere to the Lagree Fitness method, which integrates the holistic principle of Pilates as well as cardio and strength training. The technique?which has been popularized by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman?is designed to achieve muscle definition faster than just Pilates or weight training would alone. Thanks to the state-of-the-art M3 Megaformer machines, which can be adjusted depending on your strength and skill, the 45-minute sessions are open to students of all experience levels. Each class is energetic and upbeat due to the circuit-style training and fast music that's played in the large, naturally lit studio. Between classes, students can shop the onsite boutique for fitness equipment and apparel from brands such as Beyond Yoga and Lucy.
In 35 years of dancing, including performances at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and Opera House, instructor Heik Hambarzumian has learned that comfort and confidence trump melodrama. Heik prefers to focus on style rather than overdone movements and channels his experience as a musician to demonstrate organic, fluid responses to rhythm. He coaches his students on pursuing general grace regardless of the type of dance being taught; and at Dance Like a Star Studio, he teaches styles including waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, salsa, tango, and swing.
He leads his classes atop a 3,800-square-foot floor that slightly gives each time a foot or space shuttle lands upon it. Beginner and intermediate dancers share the space as they socialize and twirl during group classes. Heik also hosts private lessons, helping couples master wedding-dance choreography or preparing contenders for upcoming competitions.
At Club Results, power couple Cynthia and Steve Teran help clients of all ages, body types, and fitness levels get into the best shape of their lives. A former Miss Galaxy and Miss Fitness U.S.A., Cynthia helps her students build lean muscle and jumpstart their metabolism with classes, while certified personal trainer Steve mentors clients in safe, effective weight and cardio workout techniques. During their Total Body Training Bootcamp sessions, participants sculpt their bodies and burn fat with an interval training method that firms and slims much faster than a boring trek on a treadmill or an afternoon spent trying to lift barbells with their minds.
Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp?s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.