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Top Gyms in Orange County

Barry's Bootcamp
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Get a jump start on your fitness goals and start getting in shape now. With so many gyms and fitness studios in Orange County, it's easy to find one that's suited to you and your needs. Here, a round-up of the best gyms in Orange County. Get ready to break a sweat.

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Barry's Bootcamp
6260 Scholarship Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Ever wonder how the celebs train to get award-show and camera-ready? No doubt that camera angles and makeup do wonders for appearances, but training for that hard body requires hard work. Enter Barry's Bootcamp, the famous fitness boot camp studio that differs from typical gyms with a fun, "night-club" party atmosphere, and a no-nonsense method of delivering results. Celebrities and regular clientele alike have been flocking here in search of what Barry's Bootcamp calls, "The Best Workout in The World."

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1980 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 975-8400

If you're looking for a great workout paired with all the amenities and luxuries of a five-star resort, then Equinox Sports Club is just the place. A bit pricey, yes, but at Equinox, the two O.C. facilities speak for themselves: a 120,000 square foot gym with spacious classroom studios, a junior Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool, a full-size basketball gym, a roof-top training center complete with a full-sized running track, relaxing eucalyptus steam rooms stocked with Kiehl's amenities in all locker rooms, an on-site spa, cabanas, and much more. More than just a workout, Equinox is the ultimate experience in fitness and wellness to be had.

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YAS Fitness Centers
291 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-3888

Touted as the first studio that dedicates itself to the combination of yoga and spin, this innovative fitness studio blends yoga and indoor cycling for a workout you won't find elsewhere. Strength and balance are challenged in the "Yoga For Athletes" class, which combines yoga movement and breath work to help athletes of all skill levels excel in their sport. Want to challenge your endurance and stamina? Take the indoor cycling class, which will leave you breathless with its high-energy intervals and pulsating music. Or do both in a "YAS" class, a hybrid of indoor cycling's cardio training and yoga's strength and flexibility. Owned and led by renowned fitness professional Kimberly Fowler, you'll get expert direction from class instructors, spacious studio space, and an amazing workout.

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Cardio Barre
3969 Portola Parkway
Irvine CA 92602
(714) 244-5581

Wish you could have a lean, toned, and sculpted dancer's body? Cardio Barre is the workout that promises to deliver just that. Cardio Barre is the fusion of cardiovascular exercise with a barre-based routine, a workout technique in which a ballet barre is used to target muscles via isometric and elongating exercises, all the while protecting the joints, as the workout does not involve any jumping or bouncing. Followers of the classes rave that the sessions sculpt and tone every last inch of their bodies, leaving them looking firm yet lean, without the bulk.

When she's not chasing her vivacious three-year old, Julie Ordonez enjoys breaking a sweat out on the pavement in her running shoes or inside a fitness studio. Her work has appeared in OC Metro and OC Family Magazines, and she currently writes the blog "Mom Time" that features insights on fashion, fitness, and motherhood.
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