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Art of Fitness

Power of the Punch

Boxing classes offer an exciting, full-body workout that can relieve stress, too. By Briana Verdugo Sweat drips onto the floor as heavy bags swing, carrying the momentum of powerful jabs and kicks. The sound of fists and feet hitting punch…

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5 Unique Massage Treatments

Whether muscles are tense from sitting hunched over a desk day after day at the office or overworked from pushing too hard at the gym, a massage can ease the pain and loosen up tight spots to improve flexibility. The…

Janelle Naess (right) curates a variety of self-guided, local walking tours through Laguna Beach Walks.

Reap the Benefits of Brisk Walking

In recent months, brisk walking has caught the attention of health enthusiasts across the nation due to its numerous workout perks. This past September, the U.S. surgeon general created Step It Up!, a program that not only encourages people to increase…

Local tai chi instructor Valarie Prince Gabel

Find Your Center with Tai Chi: Q&A with Valarie Prince Gabel

The ancient practice of tai chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” is a holistic exercise consisting of a series of slow, deliberate movements that flow into one another, increasing balance, flexibility, strength and focus. Local instructor Valarie Prince Gabel…

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Benefits of Youth Sports: Q&A with Darren Utterback

When students step onto the court or the field, they learn new skills and challenge themselves in ways that can’t be learned from a book in class. Athletics, like other extracurricular activities, come with a wide range of benefits, which…

Makenzie Fischer | Photo by Gertjan Kooj

5 Questions With Aspiring Olympian Makenzie Fischer

When discussing women’s water polo in Orange County, Makenzie Fischer’s name is bound to come up. The 18-year-old defender made waves at Laguna Beach High School for the past four years, highlighted by a senior campaign in 2014-15 in which…

Michelle Barton | Photo by Jody Tiongco

4 Questions With Ultrarunner Michelle Barton

Ultramarathons are categorized as races farther than 26.2 miles, and they often take place on desolate mountain trails, immersed in nature. They’re a test of strength, endurance and willpower, and for athletes like elite ultrarunner Michelle Barton, it’s an experience…

Dr. Jack Lynn suggests three to four resistance and balance training sessions per week. | Photo by Jody Tiongco

Fitness After 50

Dr. Jack Lynn may be 65 years old, but his physique could pass for two decades younger. With muscle tone even 20-year-olds would envy, he knows a thing or two about the human body—specifically, how to keep it healthy and…

Ryan Sheffer, lead golf instructor at The Ranch at Laguna Beach | Photo by Jody Tiongco

Swing Success: Pro Golf Tips

To say Ryan Sheffer knows a thing or two about golf is an understatement. A student of the game, Ryan is the lead instructor at Ben Brown’s Golf Course at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, where he manages private and…

Ryan Kollock likes to begin the day by hitting the local trails. | Photo by Jody Tiongco

A Full Day of Active Adventure

With myriad options for pursuing fitness goals, the question isn’t what to do, but where to start. Here, a local expert shares his ideal active day. Morning: “My ideal day in Laguna starts with a hike along the fire trails,”…