For Sean Lanyi, the first step to becoming a golf teacher was agonizing. After winning his first professional tournament, he developed intense pain in his right arm and needed reconstructive surgery on his elbow. The year he spent away from the fairway consisted of rigorous physical therapy and exercise, which helped him cultivate a new sense of discipline outside his golf practice. By teaching himself to move and swing again, Sean found a desire to do the same for others—he taught in Hawaii and Las Vegas, then finally traveled back to the Black Gold Golf Club in Orange County to establish himself as a PGA Teaching Professional and Playing Professional in the Southern California PGA Section.
Today, Sean channels his past as well as lessons from Mike Malaska, Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry King, and Jim Waldron as he trains all ages and skill levels with group, corporate, and private lessons. With high-speed cameras and V1 video analysis, he meticulously analyzes swings, sending clients individual emails with tips for enhancing their form. He also hosts clinics that encompass all aspects of game play, teaching participants how to achieve greater distances or fake a change in wind speed by blowing in their opponent's ear.
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.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
The Rinks offers both inline and ice skating for all ages and all skill levels. The Westminster and Yorba Linda centers boast NHL-size rinks, and Anaheim and Lakewood boast Olympic-size rinks. In addition, Anaheim's league-certified surface is used as the official training facility of the Anaheim Ducks. Skaters can take to the ice for classes on such blade-top pursuits as hockey, figure skating, public skating, curling, broomball, and more. For the ice-averse, The Rinks has three inline-skating centers in Corona, Huntington Beach, and Irvine which play host to youth and adult roller hockey leagues, skating clinics, public skates, and more. Open-skate sessions give aficionados the chance to take a few laps with friends and family, riding atop their own blades or donning a rental pair from the front desk. On Friday and Saturday nights, rinks morph into icy dance clubs, blasting hit music booming through the speakers and projecting music videos onto a jumbo screen. Birthday packages are also available at both locations.
Fibo Kids Art Academy’s instructors teach kids aged 4–18 the finer points of art with the Fibonacci method, crafting individual curricula within a peer setting, bolstered by doses of art history. They tailor the lessons to each student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses, placing kids in small groups for creative interaction with their peers.
To build a foundation for their skills, the instructors engage youngsters in in-depth art-history lessons that expose them to the paintings, drawings, and techniques of both past and current masters from movements such as impressionism and cubism. In addition to year-round afterschool classes, the academy offers one-week intensive summer camps that cover topics such as fashion design, anime and cartooning, and drawing on a sibling's face while he or she sleeps.