Get Your Body Ready for Summer

Get Your Body Ready for Summer

Has the anticipation of putting on that bathing suit got you down? Get ready to breathe a sigh of relief because we've got your guide to some great workouts and routines to get you ready for the beach.

It's time to tone up your muscles, sculpt your body and increase your fitness level with some new methods. Getting your body ready to rock a bikini will take some hard work and dedication, but it doesn't have to be torture.

 

Here is my list of the best ways to get your body ready for summer:

 

Dantian Studio & Spa Costa Mesa

 

Dantian Studio & Spa
Costa Mesa

WHY IT'S GREAT:
The studio specializes in the benefits of both traditional and newly emerging natural therapies, with the mission of serving and educating all potential clientele seeking to better their overall well-being.  When visiting the studio their highly trained professionals customize a regimen of natural healing therapies, nutritional counseling, life coaching, soul alignment workshops, and customized fitness regimens to fit each individual's needs and lifestyle. 

WHAT THEY OFFER:
Fitness and Spa Services, from facials to yoga, the studio has it all.   Start with one of their amazing fitness classes like the CrossCore® 180 class with Mike (my favorite) or Pilates, then sweat some more with an Infrared Sauna Wrap Session.  End the day with an Endermologie Treatment (one of Kobe Bryant's personal faves) and then, what spa day would be complete without a massage?

INSIDER TIP:
The studio has great gift options for everyone from workout clothes to some killer jewelry.  Om Girl, Splendid, Splendid Kids, Jet, Threads for thought, doTERRA organic essential oils, and Epicurean skin care products, just to name a few.

801 Baker St. Suite E, Costa Mesa, (714) 668-0600, www.dantianstudio.com

 

Dynamic Edge Training Huntington Beach

 

Dynamic Edge Training
Huntington Beach

WHY IT'S GREAT:
Founded on the principle that fitness training should be looked at as an art form the company has been around for years and has always stayed course with its structure and unchanging belief systems.

WHAT THEY OFFER:
State of the art training that encompasses all aspects of fitness from core, balance, functional training, strength conditioning, flexibility, CrossCore® Rotational Bodyweight Training™, speed/agility, plyometrics, even martial arts training to boost esteem and confidence. One-on-one or Group CrossCore® Rotational Bodyweight Training™, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing.  Their personal training programs are specifically tailored to meet your individual fitness needs whether you are looking to lose weight, build lean muscle, or simply want to tone up.

INSIDER TIP:
Try Kickboxing and Boxing for a cardio workout that will tone muscle and reduce stress while teaching basic self-defense principals. The one-on-one training is appropriate for all skill levels and will help you burn 800-1000 calories in one session.  Trust me, I tried it and they weren't kidding! 

19308 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714)931-0000, www.dynamicedgetraining.com

 

Living Fitness Newport Coast

 

Living Fitness
Newport Coast

WHY IT'S GREAT:

The Booty Barre workout is a high-energy group fitness experience, which fuses exercise techniques from the worlds of Pilates, Dance, Cardio-Sculpting Moves and Yoga. This class is a fast-paced, pre-choreographed, cardio-intensive barre workout. Total Body compound movements are integrated with isometrics in a fluid continuous flow.  If you strive to feel like a dancer, and get a dancer's body then this is the class for you. You'll burn mega calories and firm, tighten and tone your whole body without adding bulk.

WHAT THEY OFFER:
Small group classes, personal training and Pilates.

INSIDER TIP:
Make sure you try the Bikini Bootcamp and FitBarre Class which are both unique in their own ways and so much fun!  The instructors are really professional and knowledgeable.

 21139 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, (949) 640-2300, www.livingfitnessoc.com

 

OC Pole Fitness Aerial Arts & Boutique  Aliso Viejo

 

OC Pole Fitness Aerial Arts & Boutique

Aliso Viejo

WHY IT'S GREAT:
Always envied Cirque du Soleil performers? The Aerial Hoop and Tissu class focuses on core and arm strength. You'll learn the tricks of aerial, while giving your arms and abs a major workout. The bulk of your time will be spent hanging from and climbing up silky fabric that dangles from the ceiling. Once you've overcome the fear of hanging upside down, you feel amazing. You've just completed a death-defying act, ok maybe I am being dramatic but it is definitely a physical, mental, and emotional challenge. And the great part is there are no age constraints! If you want a fun alternative to hitting the gym, I definitely suggest finding an aerial class to take.

WHAT THEY OFFER:
Pole Dance, Barre, Aerial Yoga Fusion, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Tissu, Cardio Cabaret Chair, Flexibility, Bootcamp, Hot Hula Dance Fitness, Zumba, Poi, and Power Hula Hooping. It doesn't matter what size you are, how old you are, how much you weigh or how tall you are. There is something for everyone. 

INSIDER TIP:
Grab your girlfriends and make an event out of it!  The studio also offers fitness parties for special occasions (or just for fun) like the Aerial Hammock Party, Aerial Hoop Party or Cabaret / Pussycat Dolls Style Chair Dance Party. 

26731 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-4600, www.ocpolefitness.com

 

Ritual Cleanse Irvine

 

Ritual Cleanse
Irvine

WHY IT'S GREAT:
Ritual's line of 100% organic, fresh-pressed, raw juices include the Reset Cleanse as well as Ritual Juice, a line of juices for everyday nutrition on the go. You can choose from four categories of juices (Greens, Blends, Lemonades, Mylks). Non GMO, Pesticide and Chemical free - you drink more than 15 pounds of produce each day on the cleanse. Consuming the same amount of conventional produce would expose you to a toxic level of pesticides, making for a very ineffective cleanse so think twice before doing this at home.

WHAT TO ORDER:
The 3 Day Cleanse was my choice and while it was difficult at the end of it all I had lost a total of 5 pounds.  Each day consists of: 3 chlorophyll rich green blends, 1 antioxidant packed fruit blend, 1 alkalizing lemonade & 1 protein rich nut mylk.  It was hard work but it paid off in the end.

INSIDER TIP:
Ritual is the only juice cleanse on the market that includes a fitness-friendly Pre Shred and Post Shred component, ensuring a healthy level of nutrition to help you get through your workouts.

16252 Construction Circle E. Suite B, Irvine, (949) 954-6522, www.ritualcleanse.com

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Jennifer Mclaughlin is a food, wine, and travel writer. A native Bostonian, Jennifer completed her Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management and Travel & Tourism at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Jennifer relocated from Providence to Orange County in 2003 after graduation.  Jennifer caught a cresting wave and has been an Orange County resident ever since. She writes for a variety of magazines, and websites, and spends most of her time helping small businesses with marketing and public relations.

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