Living in a popular urban area means we get things first. Innovative dessert concepts and cocktails at movie theaters exploded in areas like Orange County, New York and Los Angeles before slowly seeping into other areas. Another area that is ever evolving is fitness. While some of these fitness trends are popular everywhere, others are unique and specific to city living. Check out each of these hot new exercise trends—and where you can try them for yourself right here in OC.
Urban Aerial Fitness
8780 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Aerial fitness is a new craze that combines the intensity of strength training with beautiful aesthetics. There are eight different aerial classes at Urban Aerial Fitness: an intro class that goes over the basics of both the silks and the hoop, three silks classes and four hoops classes. Each class ranges from 50 to 90 minutes and combines climbing techniques, poses and movements with spins and inversions. Aerial fitness gives you a total body workout while improving strength, balance and flexibility, but it also has psychological benefits. New students can get a discount on the Intro to Aerial class and they also host parties—perfect for birthdays or bachelorette parties.
30301 Street of the Golden Lantern
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Pilates has been a major trend for a while now, but it hasn’t lessened in popularity. Bodyweight training is one of the biggest trends of the year and one of the best ways to put it into practice is with Pilates. Core strength, flexibility and better coordination are some of the more obvious benefits, but Pilates can also help create lean muscles, improve posture and aid with mental clarity. Pure Pilates offers a variety of group classes, including Intro to Pilates, Pilates for All Levels, Pilates for Strength and Sculpt, Pilates for Cardio and Strength, Pilates Challenge and Pilates Boot Camp. They also offer special classes for teens as well as a restorative class for those who might need to take things a little easier.
1177 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Another popular fitness trend is indoor cycling, which is obviously a fantastic cardio workout. But participating in this kind of exercise also helps build muscle and improve endurance as well as aid in weight loss. SoulCycle takes standard indoor cycling to the next level, creating an intensive program that includes weights and core work for a full body workout as well as fat-burning moves. Rides are led by an instructor and set to some seriously awesome music to push you further. Their signature class is actually called SoulCycle, but they also offer a twice-as-long SoulChallenge class, an intro class called Soul101 and SoulWarrior, where you just might become the instructor.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
SoCal Paddle Yoga
22555 Olympiad Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Yoga is another type of fitness that has seen continued success, but now fitness gurus are coming up with alternatives to keep it interesting and make it even more challenging. Stand up paddleboard yoga adds an intense balance element that isn’t found in the studio—stay up or get wet! SoCal Paddle Yoga provides different classes for those who are at different experience levels. The most basic course is the Intro to Paddle Yoga, which starts on the sand and includes some paddling practice in the water. The standard Paddle Yoga classes incorporates warm ups, stretches, poses and a relaxation period. Another class, offered only on Sundays, is called the Sunset Flow; it combines the beauty of dusk with meditation and relaxation. They also offer a Saturday class on Paddle Pilates and Fitness for toning and sculpting.
Fun Runs and Obstacle Course Races
Fun runs are all the rage, and it’s so easy to get lost in the fun that it doesn’t even feel like exercise! These runs and races are also a great way to get a workout because they are ideal for many different levels of fitness. Those who aren’t able to run can walk, still getting some exercise in while experiencing the excitement. The great thing about this trend is that you can choose the race that appeals to your interests. The Color Run, where runners are doused with colored powder at various color stations, is a popular one. Also upcoming is the nighttime Foam Glow, where runners traipse through black light-exposed foam. RunDisney also hosts popular themed runs at the resort, like the Avengers, Star Wars and Tinkerbell 5Ks and marathons. Don’t forget the Irvine Lake Mud Run, where runners train to be able to complete the intense mud-filled obstacle course.
High-Intensity Interval Training
26552 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is definitely one of the year’s biggest trends. It involves short bursts of high-energy exercises, meant to burn fat by keeping your heart rate high. This type of fitness has quite a few benefits, including a healthier heart, an increased metabolism and a sense of accomplishment. It also doesn’t necessarily require equipment and is incredibly efficient. Total Training provides an atmosphere that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping, with its industrial nightclub theme and loud music. Workouts here alternate between treadmill and floor intervals, using tools like dumbbells, resistance bands, exercise balls and ropes. They also offer personal training sessions.
151 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
After only seven months in business, Bounce Society has found success in a very unique niche—trampoline fitness. This low-impact exercise is great for those of any ability; it’s great for both toning and cardio, but is physically more difficult than running and also a lot of fun. Their Basic Bounce class serves as an intro to trampoline cardio and it’s free to new clients so they can try it out and learn the basics before getting a membership. The standard Bounce class ranges from intermediate to advanced, depending on the instructor and the students, and consists of both cardio and sculpting exercises. Bounce Society also offers a half bounce, half sculpting class as well as a full sculpting class that uses the trampoline as a prop for toning. Their Bounce Restore class combines cardio with a yoga flow for relaxation and restoration. Most classes are group, but they offer private ones as well. They recently opened their second location in Newport Beach.
1441 South Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Rock climbing gyms also promote bodyweight training, requiring the use of your own strength and muscles especially when bouldering—climbing without harnesses or ropes. Climbing has many physical benefits, but it also promotes a sense of community as you watch and encourage those climbing around you. At Sender One in Santa Ana, visitors can get introduced to the sport or expand their skill in a highly aesthetic setting. It’s beautiful design makes climbing even more exciting. Classes include Introduction to Climbing, which teaches first-timers how to how to belay and how to check that the ropes are right, and Foundations I, which teaches climbing techniques and problem solving strategies. Unlike many types of fitness, once you’ve got the basics down, you don’t need to attend a class to get your workout in, making it easy to fit it in your schedule.
Weight Loss Camp
The Camp Transformation Center
755 West 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Following the success of reality show The Biggest Loser, short-term weight loss camps started popping up and gaining popularity. The Camp Transformation Center is similar to that type of program, with their Six Week Weight Loss Challenge that encourages visitors to work hard to lose 20 pounds in only 42 days. Workouts and weigh ins are a put of the program and determine whether or not you can move on once the six weeks are over. Their website is filled with success stories and Instagram transformation photos attesting to the success of the program. As the word spreads, it continues to gain popularity as there are a variety of additional locations across OC.
Yoga on the Beach
Toes on the Nose
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Another popular new yoga trend is yoga on the beach, adding an extra layer of relaxation to the already soothing exercise. As the waves roll in and crash on the sand, and the salty breeze blows over you, it’s hard not to feel soothed. Toes on the Nose, located inside the Huntington Beach Hyatt, offers morning yoga on the beach. It may require a small fee if you’re not staying at the hotel, but it’s free to guests. The combination clothing store and surf shop has its own yoga instructors that provide towels and lead the group down to a spot on the beach across from the resort. The instructors aim to make everyone comfortable, offering easier and more difficult alternatives to many of the poses. While you may get sand in your hair and on your clothes, it’s worth it in the end for a one-of-a-kind yoga experience.
2691 Richter Avenue
Irvine, CA 92606
Dance can be a great way to get in shape. For a few years, Zumba was a huge fitness craze. Now that that has died down some, a new dance trend is taking over. As Indian and Bollywood culture becomes more prominent in the U.S., this dance academy makes for the perfect cultural dance experience—and you’ll get in shape as well. With no prior dance experience required, it’s easy to get started at Mumbai Madness. These dance classes, for women only, include dancing to Bollywood beats while you work on your cardio, body tapping, toning, yoga and meditation skills. Additional classes combine traditional dances with modern styles as well, though these have less of a fitness focus and more of a performance focus.
17245 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780
Barre classes have become incredibly popular this year, offering an interesting and unique workout that is incredibly effective. The barre and overall studio design are clearly borrowed from ballet classes, but components of Pilates and yoga are intertwined. The method involves using the barre for support as you target specific muscles through high repetitions of small motions. It can also include resistance bands, balls, hand weights and even mat work for improved muscle definition, posture and flexibility. Pure Barre’s barre classes are all the same level—visitors must adjust their workout based on their skill level. The harder you work, the better the workout. Classes are, however, refreshed periodically with new moves and music so as not to get too repetitive.