KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Personal Training
Get personalized motivation and a workout regimen tailored specifically to you and your goals with personal training. Many spas, fitness centers, gyms, and wellness locations offer personal training – whether you’re just visiting for a vacation or you plan to go on a regular basis at a location near you. Treat yourself or someone you love to a little personal attention with personal training. If you’ve been struggling with motivation or just want to get a little bit more customized with your fitness routine – personal training is a great option for you. Your personal trainer will keep you energized, excited, and you’ll notice a difference in your body in no time!
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Get personalized motivation and a workout regimen tailored specifically to you and your goals with personal training. Many spas, fitness centers, gyms, and wellness locations offer personal training – whether you’re just visiting for a vacation or you plan to go on a regular basis at a location near you. Treat yourself or someone you love to a little personal attention with personal training. If you’ve been struggling with motivation or just want to get a little bit more customized with your fitness routine – personal training is a great option for you. Your personal trainer will keep you energized, excited, and you’ll notice a difference in your body in no time!
Barre
Lengthen your muscles and lean out your body with a Barre class. Lively music will keep you moving during these, typically, 60 minute classes which work out your entire body at either the ballet barre (hence the name!) or on the floor. Mixing cardio with body resistance, strength-training, and lots of repetitions, barre class is perfect for anyone who wants to get a longer, stronger body! Barre classes have you mixing your time up from working at the barre (think: beautiful ballerina style) to sweating it out on the floor. You’ll sculpt and strengthen everything from your glutes to your thighs to your triceps during a short but intense session of pushing your body to the limit (accompanied by some great tunes and fabulously fit and energetic instructors).
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Lengthen your muscles and lean out your body with a Barre class. Lively music will keep you moving during these, typically, 60 minute classes which work out your entire body at either the ballet barre (hence the name!) or on the floor. Mixing cardio with body resistance, strength-training, and lots of repetitions, barre class is perfect for anyone who wants to get a longer, stronger body! Barre classes have you mixing your time up from working at the barre (think: beautiful ballerina style) to sweating it out on the floor. You’ll sculpt and strengthen everything from your glutes to your thighs to your triceps during a short but intense session of pushing your body to the limit (accompanied by some great tunes and fabulously fit and energetic instructors).
Boot Camp
Inspired by military training, bootcamp classes are high octane, high intensity, high fat-burning fitness workouts that target every muscle group in your body and work to bring you to your highest fitness potential. Using weights, interval training, cardio and body resistance, the instructor will push your body to its limits. Are you up for a challenge? Do you want a hardcore workout that will carve your core, build muscle, and burn fat? If you answered YES to either of these questions then bootcamp might be right for you. Wear comfortable clothes, drink lots of water and get moving!
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Inspired by military training, bootcamp classes are high octane, high intensity, high fat-burning fitness workouts that target every muscle group in your body and work to bring you to your highest fitness potential. Using weights, interval training, cardio and body resistance, the instructor will push your body to its limits. Are you up for a challenge? Do you want a hardcore workout that will carve your core, build muscle, and burn fat? If you answered YES to either of these questions then bootcamp might be right for you. Wear comfortable clothes, drink lots of water and get moving!
Crossfit
"It’s for bodybuilders...it’s a boot camp...it’s cultish." Forget what you've heard about CrossFit and listen up! At its most basic, CrossFit is a form of exercise designed around making you proficient at functional movements, or movements most applicable to everyday life; it’s truly for everyone. The intensity is what gets strength and long-term cardio results—essentially making you better at any activity. CrossFit gyms are all independently owned and operated, so start by locating a few in your area. A good CrossFit gym will assess your fitness level and tailor the workout to you. In one hour-long class, you can expect a warm up, a strength or skill movement that focuses on proper technique, and an eight to 20-minute workout that’s based on intensity, such as a series of lifts and plyometric moves, or super-fast moves to bring your workout up a notch.
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"It’s for bodybuilders...it’s a boot camp...it’s cultish." Forget what you've heard about CrossFit and listen up! At its most basic, CrossFit is a form of exercise designed around making you proficient at functional movements, or movements most applicable to everyday life; it’s truly for everyone. The intensity is what gets strength and long-term cardio results—essentially making you better at any activity. CrossFit gyms are all independently owned and operated, so start by locating a few in your area. A good CrossFit gym will assess your fitness level and tailor the workout to you. In one hour-long class, you can expect a warm up, a strength or skill movement that focuses on proper technique, and an eight to 20-minute workout that’s based on intensity, such as a series of lifts and plyometric moves, or super-fast moves to bring your workout up a notch.
Fitness
Whether you want to om in Yoga, ride away in a Spinning class, knock ‘em out in Boot Camp, or firm your derriere in Barre, your personalized fitness path is just a click away! Find fitness classes you’ll love near you and reserve your spot online at Spafinder.com. With thousands of locations to choose from, you’ll be sure to find fitness clubs, gyms, health clubs, or yoga studios that will help put you on the path to health and fitness. Use your Spafinder Gift Card on anything from a personal trainer, gym membership, or Yoga session. Our health club and fitness partners are constantly offering exclusive Spafinder deals that you can access and book through Spafinder.com. No matter what you’re looking for you’ll find it here – from award-winning weight loss spas across the globe or gyms and health clubs right in your backyard, we want you to get fit with Spafinder.
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Whether you want to om in Yoga, ride away in a Spinning class, knock ‘em out in Boot Camp, or firm your derriere in Barre, your personalized fitness path is just a click away! Find fitness classes you’ll love near you and reserve your spot online at Spafinder.com. With thousands of locations to choose from, you’ll be sure to find fitness clubs, gyms, health clubs, or yoga studios that will help put you on the path to health and fitness. Use your Spafinder Gift Card on anything from a personal trainer, gym membership, or Yoga session. Our health club and fitness partners are constantly offering exclusive Spafinder deals that you can access and book through Spafinder.com. No matter what you’re looking for you’ll find it here – from award-winning weight loss spas across the globe or gyms and health clubs right in your backyard, we want you to get fit with Spafinder.
Meditation
Sometimes you just need a little quiet time for some mindfulness. Whether you are stressed out and looking for a way to find peace or you simply enjoy all of the benefits of meditation, Spafinder will help you find an amazing place to experience your mindful meditation. These six easy tips to meditate will help you relax and clear your mind.
  1. Find a tranquil place with no phones, TV, or other distractions. Use earplugs for extra quietness.
  2. Before beginning meditation, do a few gentle yoga postures to get energy flowing, your breath moving, and the body ready.
  3. Soothing meditation music or diffusing your favorite aromas can help you unwind and create a positive mind set.
  4. Make sure you have comfortable sitting or lying arrangements with a cozy floor pillow, meditation bench, or mat. You can use a blanket or shawl for warmth. If you are outside in very warm climates, choose a shaded area out of the sun to avoid overexposure to ultra-violet rays.
  5. Begin with deep breaths. Allow your mind to focus only on the breath. Focusing on the breath will begin to still the mind.
  6. Have a meditation guide to help you on your journey. Guided meditation is always best in person but recorded voices can also be used.
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Sometimes you just need a little quiet time for some mindfulness. Whether you are stressed out and looking for a way to find peace or you simply enjoy all of the benefits of meditation, Spafinder will help you find an amazing place to experience your mindful meditation. These six easy tips to meditate will help you relax and clear your mind.
  1. Find a tranquil place with no phones, TV, or other distractions. Use earplugs for extra quietness.
  2. Before beginning meditation, do a few gentle yoga postures to get energy flowing, your breath moving, and the body ready.
  3. Soothing meditation music or diffusing your favorite aromas can help you unwind and create a positive mind set.
  4. Make sure you have comfortable sitting or lying arrangements with a cozy floor pillow, meditation bench, or mat. You can use a blanket or shawl for warmth. If you are outside in very warm climates, choose a shaded area out of the sun to avoid overexposure to ultra-violet rays.
  5. Begin with deep breaths. Allow your mind to focus only on the breath. Focusing on the breath will begin to still the mind.
  6. Have a meditation guide to help you on your journey. Guided meditation is always best in person but recorded voices can also be used.
Pilates
Developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a method of exercise designed to tone and lengthen muscles and improve balance, flexibility, and posture while focusing on developing a strong core, otherwise known as your “Powerhouse.“ Many of the first students of Joseph Pilates were dancers who went on to teach Pilates classes in their own Pilates studio. Whereas Pilates workouts used to only be taught in a dedicated studio, it’s now on the class menus of many community centers, gyms, and spas around the world. Since its inception, Pilates exercises have grown to become one of the most popular forms of fitness around the globe, and for good reason. Pilates, which incorporates 500 unique movements, is a great fit for anyone looking to work out because it can be easily modified to meet any fitness level and can be increased in difficulty over time. Plus, the benefits of Pilates are innumerable. With Pilates, you are improving your overall balance and strengthening your core muscle group which helps alleviate back pain over time, all while making bathing suit season that much more bearable. While Pilates will help strengthen your core, its core is strengthened by its six principles. They include Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. By integrating these six principles into your Pilates workout, you will find you receive the maximum benefits of this method of fitness.
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Developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a method of exercise designed to tone and lengthen muscles and improve balance, flexibility, and posture while focusing on developing a strong core, otherwise known as your “Powerhouse.“ Many of the first students of Joseph Pilates were dancers who went on to teach Pilates classes in their own Pilates studio. Whereas Pilates workouts used to only be taught in a dedicated studio, it’s now on the class menus of many community centers, gyms, and spas around the world. Since its inception, Pilates exercises have grown to become one of the most popular forms of fitness around the globe, and for good reason. Pilates, which incorporates 500 unique movements, is a great fit for anyone looking to work out because it can be easily modified to meet any fitness level and can be increased in difficulty over time. Plus, the benefits of Pilates are innumerable. With Pilates, you are improving your overall balance and strengthening your core muscle group which helps alleviate back pain over time, all while making bathing suit season that much more bearable. While Pilates will help strengthen your core, its core is strengthened by its six principles. They include Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. By integrating these six principles into your Pilates workout, you will find you receive the maximum benefits of this method of fitness.
Qi Gong
Qigong is also known as chi gung or chi kung—but whichever way you say it (or spell it), the overarching concept of this ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine practice remains the same: to bolster energy flow and strengthen body and mind. The set of Chinese self-healing exercises—stemming from qi (energy) and gong (the achievement that comes from practice)—combines easy, slow movement, rhythmic breathing, and visualization to obtain total wellbeing and self-awareness. This body practice moves at a slower speed, using fluid, flowing movements while you focus on deep, regulated breathing, mental imagery, and meditation. But don’t let its pace fool you, as the exercises can be extremely stimulating to both body and mind.
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Qigong is also known as chi gung or chi kung—but whichever way you say it (or spell it), the overarching concept of this ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine practice remains the same: to bolster energy flow and strengthen body and mind. The set of Chinese self-healing exercises—stemming from qi (energy) and gong (the achievement that comes from practice)—combines easy, slow movement, rhythmic breathing, and visualization to obtain total wellbeing and self-awareness. This body practice moves at a slower speed, using fluid, flowing movements while you focus on deep, regulated breathing, mental imagery, and meditation. But don’t let its pace fool you, as the exercises can be extremely stimulating to both body and mind.
Spinning
High-endurance spinning classes start with your super-jazzed instructor letting you know (read: yelling) when to do what – from pedaling standing or sitting down, pedaling faster or much faster (we said high-endurance) and increasing and lowering your resistance levels. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t keep up the first time, or even the second, or third. Spinning is all about building endurance, and it can be customized to fit any fitness level. Do you like loud music? High-endurance workouts? Group classes? Burning 400-550 calories in 45 minutes? If you answered yes, then you should definitely check out your local spin class. While the initial idea of Spinning workouts can worry even the most hardcore of fitness buffs, once you get the hang of it, it is bound to become your new obsession.
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High-endurance spinning classes start with your super-jazzed instructor letting you know (read: yelling) when to do what – from pedaling standing or sitting down, pedaling faster or much faster (we said high-endurance) and increasing and lowering your resistance levels. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t keep up the first time, or even the second, or third. Spinning is all about building endurance, and it can be customized to fit any fitness level. Do you like loud music? High-endurance workouts? Group classes? Burning 400-550 calories in 45 minutes? If you answered yes, then you should definitely check out your local spin class. While the initial idea of Spinning workouts can worry even the most hardcore of fitness buffs, once you get the hang of it, it is bound to become your new obsession.
Tai Chi
This Chinese practice of slow meditative movements, originally created as a form of self-defense, is now a prime way to de-stress, relax, and reach well-being. Thanks to this exercise being so low-impact, nearly anyone can practice and benefit from it. Find a qualified Tai Chi instructor with Spafinder and learn this relaxing, ancient practice. Tai Chi can help to alleviate stress and anxiety, increase energy, flexibility, and balance, help you sleep, build your immune system, and improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and joint pain. You can gain greater benefits when you practice at the same time and in the same place each day.
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This Chinese practice of slow meditative movements, originally created as a form of self-defense, is now a prime way to de-stress, relax, and reach well-being. Thanks to this exercise being so low-impact, nearly anyone can practice and benefit from it. Find a qualified Tai Chi instructor with Spafinder and learn this relaxing, ancient practice. Tai Chi can help to alleviate stress and anxiety, increase energy, flexibility, and balance, help you sleep, build your immune system, and improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and joint pain. You can gain greater benefits when you practice at the same time and in the same place each day.
Weight Loss
Shedding those ten extra pounds can be tough – but Spafinder can help you find the weight loss inspiration that you need at a location near you. Find a weight loss program made for you at a local weight loss center or try a popular cleanse at a weight loss spa in California, the Caribbean, or several other beautiful locations. Whether you want personal training, nutritional counseling, or a weight loss vacation, you can find the help you need to learn long-term weight loss solutions, how to eat healthier with weight loss foods, and exercise more effectively. Since the mind and body are powerfully linked, improvement in the health of our body creates a profound positive shift in our emotions. Healthy weight loss, as opposed to that done with radical fad diets, increases feelings of empowerment, self-confidence, and general happiness. Improvements in those healthy emotions translate into reconnecting with others, and, as a result, increasing feelings of support, love and belonging. -Lisette Volz, MSW, LMSW, and director of behavioral health at Hilton Head Health.
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Shedding those ten extra pounds can be tough – but Spafinder can help you find the weight loss inspiration that you need at a location near you. Find a weight loss program made for you at a local weight loss center or try a popular cleanse at a weight loss spa in California, the Caribbean, or several other beautiful locations. Whether you want personal training, nutritional counseling, or a weight loss vacation, you can find the help you need to learn long-term weight loss solutions, how to eat healthier with weight loss foods, and exercise more effectively. Since the mind and body are powerfully linked, improvement in the health of our body creates a profound positive shift in our emotions. Healthy weight loss, as opposed to that done with radical fad diets, increases feelings of empowerment, self-confidence, and general happiness. Improvements in those healthy emotions translate into reconnecting with others, and, as a result, increasing feelings of support, love and belonging. -Lisette Volz, MSW, LMSW, and director of behavioral health at Hilton Head Health.
Yoga
Through various yoga modalities ranging from bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga), to power yoga, ashtanga yoga, and prenatal yoga, yoga has many healthy benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means to unite or to join, and in yoga, we unite our minds and our bodies through breath. Most Western yoga derives from hatha, one of the six major branches of yoga. Traditional hatha yoga consists of asanas (physical yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). With over 100 yoga poses, it’s no wonder yogis never get bored. Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and enhance wellbeing.
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Through various yoga modalities ranging from bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga), to power yoga, ashtanga yoga, and prenatal yoga, yoga has many healthy benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means to unite or to join, and in yoga, we unite our minds and our bodies through breath. Most Western yoga derives from hatha, one of the six major branches of yoga. Traditional hatha yoga consists of asanas (physical yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). With over 100 yoga poses, it’s no wonder yogis never get bored. Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and enhance wellbeing.
Zumba
The Zumba mantra is “party yourself into shape.” Using easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired choreographed dance moves set to upbeat international music, these high-energy Zumba classes have a serious cult following. The “fitness party” was created in 2001 by Alberto Perez and has grown to be the world’s largest dance-fitness program, with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels taking classes weekly. Maria David, a certified Zumba and Aqua Zumba instructor at The Oaks at Ojai says “the dance steps used in Zumba work the core muscles in a very sneaky way. All muscles of the body are included in a typical Zumba party, including the brain. During a typical Zumba class you might see anything from arm toning to squats blended in with the choreography, (which is what is exercising your brain). Exercise in any atmosphere releases feel good endorphins, especially in Zumba."
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The Zumba mantra is “party yourself into shape.” Using easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired choreographed dance moves set to upbeat international music, these high-energy Zumba classes have a serious cult following. The “fitness party” was created in 2001 by Alberto Perez and has grown to be the world’s largest dance-fitness program, with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels taking classes weekly. Maria David, a certified Zumba and Aqua Zumba instructor at The Oaks at Ojai says “the dance steps used in Zumba work the core muscles in a very sneaky way. All muscles of the body are included in a typical Zumba party, including the brain. During a typical Zumba class you might see anything from arm toning to squats blended in with the choreography, (which is what is exercising your brain). Exercise in any atmosphere releases feel good endorphins, especially in Zumba."