Why wait until the New Year to get to work on that fitness resolution? The holidays are rapidly approaching and 2013 is just around the corner, so get a jump start on your fitness goals and start getting in shape now. With so many gyms and fitness studios in Orange County, it’s easy to find one that’s suited to you and your needs. Here, a round-up of the best gyms in Orange County. Get ready to break a sweat.
6260 Scholarship Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(near the corner of Campus & Jamboree)
Ever wonder how the celebs train to get award-show and camera-ready? No doubt that camera angles and makeup do wonders for appearances, but training for that hard body requires hard work. Enter Barry’s Bootcamp, the famous fitness boot camp studio that differs from typical gyms with a fun, “night-club” party atmosphere, and a no-nonsense method of delivering results. Celebrities and regular clientele alike have been flocking here in search of what Barry’s Bootcamp calls, “The Best Workout in The World.”
YAS Fitness Centers
291 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Touted as the first studio that dedicates itself to the combination of yoga and spin, this innovative fitness studio blends yoga and indoor cycling for a workout you won’t find elsewhere. Strength and balance are challenged in the “Yoga For Athletes” class, which combines yoga movement and breath work to help athletes of all skill levels excel in their sport. Want to challenge your endurance and stamina? Take the indoor cycling class, which will leave you breathless with its high-energy intervals and pulsating music. Or do both in a “YAS” class, a hybrid of indoor cycling’s cardio training and yoga’s strength and flexibility. Owned and led by renowned fitness professional Kimberly Fowler, you’ll get expert direction from class instructors, spacious studio space, and an amazing workout.
23001 Del Lago Dr.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
27742 Antonio Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
CrossFit isn’t just a workout- it’s a lifestyle, complete with its own vernacular, intense workout practice, and a feverishly passionate and supportive community, making it the workout craze that has taken the fitness world by storm in recent years. Owner of Cross Fit Ethos in Laguna Hills and Ladera Ranch Jimi Letchford states that “CrossFit Ethos is the training facility that brings you the highest quality coaches, very best community of individuals, and results that are unparalleled in Orange County.” Who can argue with that?
369 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Wish you could have a lean, toned, and sculpted dancer’s body? Cardio Barre is the workout that promises to deliver just that. Cardio Barre is the fusion of cardiovascular exercise with a barre-based routine, a workout technique in which a ballet barre is used to target muscles via isometric and elongating exercises, all the while protecting the joints, as the workout does not involve any jumping or bouncing. Followers of the classes rave that the sessions sculpt and tone every last inch of their bodies, leaving them looking firm yet lean, without the bulk.
Equinox Sports Club-Irvine:
1980 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
Equinox Sports Club-Newport Beach:
19540 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92612
If you’re looking for a great workout paired with all the amenities and luxuries of a five-star resort, then Equinox Sports Club is just the place. A bit pricey, yes, but at Equinox, the two O.C. facilities speak for themselves: a 120,000 square foot gym with spacious classroom studios, a junior Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool, a full-size basketball gym, a roof-top training center complete with a full-sized running track, relaxing eucalyptus steam rooms stocked with Kiehl’s amenities in all locker rooms, an on-site spa, cabanas, and much more. More than just a workout, Equinox is the ultimate experience in fitness and wellness to be had.