Health, Fitness, & Beauty
Best Never-Get-Bored Boot Camp
This ass-kicking boot camp wins for its endless diversity and breathtaking settings. Six days a week, choose from circuits in the sand at Dog Beach, seaside yoga in Del Mar, high-intensity Tabata workouts, ViPR sessions, and more. Owner Deanne Ryder blasts mash-ups, mixes up drills, and dishes out healthy smoothie and low-cal dinner recipes. various locations, foreverfitsandiego.com
Best Exercise Trend
P.E.-style workouts are back. Opening April 1, Baja Body Athletic Club (1220 South Coast Highway, Oceanside) focuses on group fitness classes with a “concierge level of service.” Fortis & Yogalux (2712 Gateway Road, Carlsbad) has 70 classes a week with TRX, body sculpting, and boxing. Included in the packed class schedule at Bay Club Carmel Valley (12000 Carmel Country Road) is SurfSET fitness, hydro aerobics in the pool, and Tabata drills in a gymnasium. Put us in, coach!
Best Outdoor Spa Treatment
Watsu at Rancho Valencia
Set in a 99-degree private pool surrounded by lush foliage, this gentle treatment combines massage shiatsu and stretching, and promotes deep relaxation while floating. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe
Best New Twist on a Spin Class
These super-fun bikes tilt like you’re rounding a corner, engaging your abs and leg muscles. Test them out when you take a class at PushHouse (191 North El Camino Real, Encinitas) or Bonaventour Outdoor Interactive Studio (13857 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley).
Best Local Success Story
The 40-minute, 400(ish)-calorie-burning, vertical workout opened its second location in Solana Beach last February, following its La Jolla studio debut. The 900 different moves you can do on the wall (plus 9,000 including other equipment) and heart-rate monitoring on iPads via Bluetooth put Fitwall on Fast Company’s 2014 list of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness, along with Nike, FitBit, and Jawbone. Cool. 437 Highway 101, Solana Beach
Best Gym Expansion
Fit Athletic Club
Downtown’s luxury gym has acquired the Frog’s locations in Solana Beach and Carmel Mountain, and is pushing for grand openings as early as May. They’ll offer the same sleek design, all the state-of-the-art equipment and instruction, the Perx discount program, Fit Natural Foods, and regular social events. But these locations will be more family-friendly, with childcare and kids’ lessons. We hope that means they won’t blast house music at 7 a.m. like they do downtown. 12171 World Trade Drive, Carmel Mountain Ranch; 511 South Highway 101, Solana Beach
Apotheque Lifestyle Spa
Best New Health Food Idea
Kombucha on Tap
Josh Weigel and team are brewing up kombucha, kegging it, and selling it to local Oceanside eateries like Hill Street Café (524 South Coast Highway) and The Cup (206 Wisconsin Avenue). This summer, the Living Tea Brewing Co. will open on Wisconsin Avenue with a tasting room and plans for 20 different kombucha flavors on tap, such as mango and blood orange. So grab your growlers. It can also be mixed with beer and sparkling wine.
Best Place to Find Zen
Apotheque Lifestyle Spa
Set in a mid-1800s Victorian-style house, this hidden gem goes beyond great treatments with yoga happy hours, Artist Way classes, and Wisdom Wednesday workshops, and is adjacent to the Succulent Café—an art installation in itself. 322 North Cleveland Street, Oceanside