Best Alternative Fitness Activities In Orange County

January 30, 2016 5:00 AM

(credit: Paul O'Sullivan)

(credit: Paul O’Sullivan)

A new year brings the inevitable resolutions, especially those about losing weight and getting fit. In Orange County, though, you don’t need a treadmill or life cycle to get your heart pumping. Some OC businesses host classes that teach intense, invigorating workouts that are far from ordinary. At least one location even helps customers rise above it all when getting fit. Keeping that New Year’s resolution isn’t too difficult if you check out the alternative fitness activities at the following Orange County businesses.
(credit: Aerial Fitness Orange County)

(credit: Aerial Fitness Orange County)

Aerial Fitness Orange County
919 Sunset Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-5587

“America’s Got Talent” has featured aerialists who defy gravity with nothing more than strength and silks. In Orange County, Aerial Fitness allows you to add that skill to your workout regime. In addition to silks, their instructors teach classes using a trapeze and the Lyra (aerial hoop). You can start as a beginner and work yourself up to the performance level. This business also has aerial classes designed especially for kids and teenagers. With the focus on safety and fun, Aerial Fitness offers great alternative workouts in Orange County.

(credit: Tone Barre)

(credit: Tone Barre)

Tone Barre
2076 N. Tustin Ave.
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 337-9553

Blending free weights and ballet with Pilates, Tone Barre’s signature workout helps tighten up abdominal muscles while toning the arms and calves. A classically trained ballet dancer, owner Brittany Freeman used her Pilates and dance experience to create intense, effective workouts. The Orange location also offers a slower-paced version called Tone Barre Lite. By adding cardio to the Barre workout, the instructors keep heart rates elevated with short cardio bursts. Looking to really get your heart pumping? Try their Tabata workout and be prepared to sweat. Make sure to book your classes online so you don’t get shut out.

(credit: Boost Fitness)

(credit: Boost Fitness)

Boost Fitness
17291 17th Street
Tustin, CA 92780.
(714) 396-3299

A fusion of Pilates, boxing and dance, Piloxing has become a very popular way to get in shape and stay that way. In Orange County, Boost Fitness is one of the best places to learn it. Instructor Julie White has achieved certifications in Elite Piloxing, Knockout and Insanity workouts. Testimonials from clients point to White’s energy and motivational skills when talking about her instruction methods. White teaches her signature Body Boost and other classes at the Lovett Dance Center in Tustin.

Related: Best Kettlebell Workouts In Orange County

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(credit: Bubble Soccer Orange County)

Bubble Soccer Orange County
Orange, CA 92868
(949) 423-3822

Remember Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Bubble Boy?” The actor spent almost the entire movie surrounded by a protective plastic sphere. In Orange County, you can experience the same thing with Bubble Soccer. A great workout to enjoy with friends and co-workers, this activity lets you bounce, push and shove your way to fitness. Bubble Soccer Orange County, an official partner of the National Association of Bubble Soccer, provides the bubbles and a referee; you just need to supply the field. This is a neat twist on traditional soccer and a fun way to get a great workout.

(credit: Embody Studios)

(credit: Embody Studios)

Embody Pole Fitness
148 South Fairmont Blvd.
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
(714) 782-7860

Located in the Anaheim Hills, this women-only center offers classes in pole dancing for beginners and more experienced clients. Their aerial silk instruction provides a moderately intense workout for those at the beginner or intermediate levels. Embody also has ChickFit, an intense workout that mixes weight training with cardio. Personal training and private parties are also available at this Anaheim business.

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Steven Bryan calls Irvine, California his home. A freelance writer for more than 20 years, he has interviewed a wide range of notable celebrities, including a variety of up-and-coming musicians and artists as well. Passionate about movies and comic books, he also makes an annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con.