Staying Fit with a Unique Workout
Visiting from out of town and want to keep up with your workout regimen? Or do you live in the area and feel like shaking up your fitness routine a bit? Newport Beach is the perfect place to be, with plenty of unique workouts available for everyone no matter what your skills or tastes.
Although I’m a local resident and already have a regular exercise schedule, I decided to step out of my comfort zone recently and try out a newcomer to the scene just to offer up a sample of what’s out there. Instead of my usual Tuesday-morning Jazzercise class, I opted to experience a 9:30 a.m. class at The Bari Studio (2125 San Joaquin Hills Road, 949-287-6067, www.theBaristudio.com/workout). Everyone starts with a Barione group hybrid class that combines all of the studio’s offerings —including high-intensity cardio sequences, bouncing on a trampoline and muscle sculpting — for a full body workout. Once you master all the moves, you’re welcome to mix and match the components to create a class to your specific liking — from Barimicro (a low-impact conditioning class using equipment such as resistance bands) to Baridrop (55 minutes of heart-racing cardio routines) — with classes typically ranging from $35 to $125.
Into indoor cycling? There is no shortage of spots in Newport Beach to get your spin on. One such place is Corona del Mar’s cutting-edge Studio Cycle (3711 E. Coast Highway, 949-500-1233, www.studiocyclecdm.com), where everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy fun and challenging full-body workouts incorporating hand weights … all set to black lights and upbeat music. New students can try their first three “inspirational spin” classes for just $15.
Also in Corona del Mar is Defy Gravity (3100 East Pacific Coast Highway, 949-719-2900, www.defygravitystudio.com), offering a whole-body class combining high-intensity cardio and Pilates for flexibility and core strength. The studio is split into two rooms: a Pilates area equipped with state-of-the art Allegro 2 reformers and EXO Chairs and a cycling space furnished with Schwinn AC Performance bikes with resistance bands suspended over each bike for upper body work. Be sure to take advantage of the introductory class for just $17. Set to open at the end of the year next to Fashion Island, Soulcycle (www.soul-cycle.com) will offer a full-body motivational workout using hand weights and core-engaging choreography to help you release stress, burn fat and tone muscle … not to mention inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces and high-energy music. Your first-time ride is $20.
But that’s not all! Orangetheory Fitness (1040 Irvine Avenue, 949-630-0555, www.orangetheoryfitness.com) opened its first Cali studio in early 2013 at Newport’s Westcliff Plaza. Proclaimed one of the country’s best one-hour workouts, Orangetheory’s cardio and strength-training class uses advanced treadmills, rowing machines and TRX suspension straps to help participants burn up to 1,000 calories per session. Everyone’s required to wear a monitor showing calories burned and heart zone on screens studiowide. And Body Design (210 Newport Center Drive, 949-719-2600, www.bodydesignonline.com/Pilates.htm) has been around for more than 20 years, but the athletic and wellness center for women has continued to grow and expand its amenities. One of the newest offerings is a specialized Gyrotonic exercise system, which is ideal for low-impact stretching and strengthening of the body and uses elements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi. A private session will run you $80 and semi-private $60, with a session for groups of three costing $50.
Photos provided by Defy Gravity