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When you first walk into Club Pilates in Laguna Niguel, you’ll notice the tree wallpaper on the right front wall and the numerous products for sale. Keely Watson, the owner, says she loves trees. One of the exercises she suggests for the back and chest area, for instance, is called Hug a Tree. What she loves about working in fitness the most, Watson says, is helping people reach their goals. “Pilates helps all types of people—whether they’re injured, have back pain or are taking advanced classes.” The affordable prices at Club Pilates, Watson says, allow their workouts to become a lifestyle rather than a luxury. The clientele of Club Pilates ranges from preteens to weekly regulars in their 70s, plus the occasional Real Housewives cast member. Watson and her team of 13 trainers enjoy the diversity of their classes. “We get women who are pregnant and teach them pre-natal exercises and we get women who just gave birth looking to get back in shape, and clients working to rehabilitate injuries. Gymnasts come in and they’re fun; they have different capabilities.” Club Pilates is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Laguna Niguel, participating in local charities and holding fundraisers for schools. “I want people to be here because they want to, not because they’re locked in a contract, ” Watson says.

Club Pilates
30100 Town Center Dr Ste B-1
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
949.791.7184

Arms Race

The floor-to-ceiling windows at the Fit Pilates studio offer a beautiful view of San Clemente while inside the studio is decorated with calming blues and greens and grey hardwood flooring. Owned by Pam Weber and Ashlyn Rich, the San Clemente studio opened in January and holds up to eight people per class, keeping the experience personalized and making sure each member gets the attention they need. The 50-minute classes are performed on the Megaformer, which was created by celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree. TRX/Pilates combo classes as well as Barre/Pilates combo classes are incorporated into the lineup—there’s a little something for everybody. Fit Pilates has an exclusive contract with Lagree Fitness as the only Lagree studio in Mission Viejo and San Clemente, and offers classes at every level of experience. The Lagree Method is a high intensity, low impact workout where you’ll burn an average of 600 calories per workout and causes no damage or pressure to your joints. “It’s Pilates on crack, ” jokes Rich. “It’s resistance training and it incorporates cardio and resistance.” Rich and Weber worked together at the Mission Viejo location before opening the San Clemente location together. Fit Pilates is focused on “the slower the better” because slow-centered movement is harder and creates long lean muscles. “We don’t bulk up, we tone, ” Rich says.

Fit Pilates
1001 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673
714.421.2127

Pure Enerji

If you’re looking for a hardcore workout, then look no further than Enerji Barre in Tustin. Almost as soon as one 15-person class is done, people are already lining up for the next one. After taking a class five years ago, Enerji Barre’s co-owner Erika Miles fell in love with the barre workout. She became an instructor two years ago and partnered up with co-owner Adam Gentry in September 2014. She says Enerji Barre is a safe environment for beginners and the sense of community her clients feel is what makes the studio so special. Though Enerji Barre workouts are intense, instructors are happy to make any modifications needed for beginners and there are eight levels for each pose. One of the Enerji Barre shirts for sale says, “Enerji Barre is my happy place, ” an idea that came directly from a client. When asked how the locals have embraced the studio, she tears up a bit. “How the community has embraced us has been amazing, ” Miles says. “To describe my clients here is to say that they feel like family.”

Enerji Barre
18331 Irvine Blvd
Tustin, CA 92780
714.584.8143

Abs-olutely

There’s an interesting idea behind the workouts at Purre Barre. According to owner Monica Pommier Grubin, “The workouts get muscles to hit fatigue. The heat comes from the inside; we don’t keep a hot room. It decreases injuries and makes muscles more pliable. Stretch immediately afterwards. When the muscles are warm they are easier to stretch and create long legs.” Utilizing ballet barre, Purre Barre workouts are low-impact total-body workouts that use isometric movements to target and tone certain parts of the body. Pure Barre offers post-workout fuel and Suja Juice for sale as well as items from Purre Barre’s very own fashion line. Inside the studio, the walls are bare except for beautiful black-and-white photographs of women in ballet poses. Pure Barre also participates in philanthropic events such as donation days, for groups like Human Options, which helps victims of domestic violence. Pommier Grubin says that what clients love most about Purre Barre is the results. “Ninety-percent of people see results within eight classes, ” Pommier Grubin says. “You don’t have to be in great shape to try it—it allows you to focus on yourself and you’re in and out in an hour.”

Purre Barre
6791 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92603
949.500.5924

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