Don’t just exercise — make a life change. The following gyms in Orange County break the stereotypical gym model to help you get motivated and stay motivated. Break out of your routine work out and try something new at one or all of the following fitness centers.
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Fitcore is not your typical gym — it is a Mobile Fitness Training program. Centered in Ladera Ranch, the trainers at Fitcore will come to you with all their equipment. The workouts at Fitcore take place at your home, in your neighborhood, local park, even your driveway, if you prefer. Think you can’t afford this personal training? Fitcore will work with your budget and has many programs to make it affordable. Now you have no excuse not get into shape — the trainer will come to you, you don’t need to be in a gym and it is affordable.
The Factory Bouldering
1547 W. Struck Ave Suite A
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639-ROCK (7625)
Get your rock climbing game on at Factory Bouldering. This is definitely not your normal everyday workout. Rock climbing takes the stair climber to a new level. Southern California’s newest indoor rock climbing gym is also the largest bouldering-only facility in the region. With more than 4,500 square feet of climbing terrain, 220 boulder problems, and angles from 85-degree slab to steep cave climbing, there is something for climbers of all abilities. If you want to take a break in between climbs, you can chill with free Wi-Fi, a comfortable lounge area, a pool table and a selection of drinks and snacks that create a social hub for the local climbing community.
Melt Ladera Hot Yoga
27742 Antonio Parkway, Suite K3 & 4
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Melt Ladera Hot Yoga is dedicated to creating an environment where individuals can find and deepen their love for yoga. Learn to touch your elbow to your knee in a posture clinic, de-stress with Chakra meditation and become graceful with arm and inversion balances. If you are new to yoga, this is the perfect place to start — their mission is to create a non-threatening atmosphere where new students can come and feel comfortable in any class.
Pure Barre Irvine
6791 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
Change the shape of your body at Pure Barre, a gym that claims it has the fastest, most effective way to make a new physical you. Pure Barre was created by a dancer choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek Dorr. The national franchise uses small isometric movements at the ballet barre set to motivating music. Pure Barre lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms and burns fat in record-breaking time. Clients see results in just 10 classes, lose inches in weeks and have fun doing it.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Parents if you are looking for a gym where kids are not only welcomed but also encouraged, join Cut Fitness. This gym was founded by a mother, reality television star and now business owner, Tamara Barney of “Real Housewives of Orange County.” In an effort to curb obesity in children, Cut Fitness placed a kid’s studio in the middle of two-group exercise room with windows. While mom and dad work out, their children can watch and become educated in what their parents do. CUT Fitness also allows kids to participate in age specific classes tailored just for them. There are many cardio-burning classes at Cut Fitness like Les Mills BODYPUMP, the original barbell class designed and proven to strengthen and sculpt the entire body.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County who can also be found @Sunnynsocal.