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Orange County Workouts Beyond The Gym

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Don't just exercise -- make a life change. The following gyms in Orange County break the stereotypical gym model to help you get motivated and stay motivated. Break out of your routine work out and try something new at one or all of the following fitness centers.

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27642 Gaia Ln
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 284-0017

Fitcore is not your typical gym -- it is a Mobile Fitness Training program. Centered in Ladera Ranch, the trainers at Fitcore will come to you with all their equipment. The workouts at Fitcore take place at your home, in your neighborhood, local park, even your driveway, if you prefer. Think you can't afford this personal training? Fitcore will work with your budget and has many programs to make it affordable. Now you have no excuse not get into shape -- the trainer will come to you, you don't need to be in a gym and it is affordable.

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The Factory Bouldering
1547 W Struck Ave
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639-7625

Get your rock climbing game on at Factory Bouldering. This is definitely not your normal everyday workout. Rock climbing takes the stair climber to a new level. Southern California's newest indoor rock climbing gym is also the largest bouldering-only facility in the region. With more than 4,500 square feet of climbing terrain, 220 boulder problems, and angles from 85-degree slab to steep cave climbing, there is something for climbers of all abilities. If you want to take a break in between climbs, you can chill with free Wi-Fi, a comfortable lounge area, a pool table and a selection of drinks and snacks that create a social hub for the local climbing community.

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Melt Ladera Hot Yoga
27742 Antonio Pkwy
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 388-5711

Melt Ladera Hot Yoga is dedicated to creating an environment where individuals can find and deepen their love for yoga. Learn to touch your elbow to your knee in a posture clinic, de-stress with Chakra meditation and become graceful with arm and inversion balances. If you are new to yoga, this is the perfect place to start -- their mission is to create a non-threatening atmosphere where new students can come and feel comfortable in any class.

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Pure Barre Irvine
Quail Hill Shopping Center
6791 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 500-5924

Change the shape of your body at Pure Barre, a gym that claims it has the fastest, most effective way to make a new physical you. Pure Barre was created by a dancer choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek Dorr. The national franchise uses small isometric movements at the ballet barre set to motivating music. Pure Barre lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms and burns fat in record-breaking time. Clients see results in just 10 classes, lose inches in weeks and have fun doing it.

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Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3539

With 17 miles of hikingtrails, Crystal Cove State Park is not only a great spot for a workout, but you'll burn calories all while getting a beautiful view of the ocean and mountains. There are 3 main hiking routes here including the Green Route (easy), the moderate Red Route and the advanced Blue Route.

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Thousand Steps Beach
9th Ave & Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

There's plenty to do to get a great outdoor workout here. One of the most popular parts is the stairs which lead down to the beach and offer terrific views as you're on your way down. Once there, go for a run on the beach and get a double workout in. Beware though: the stairs can be pretty strenuous and challenging. Covered in a thick canopy of trees and vines, the stairs are quite steep, but you'll be better off for it once you've made it to the beautiful beach.

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631 Cliff Dr
Laguna Beach, CA
(949) 529-4242

Working your upper body, as well as developing stamina and balance, Paddle-boarding has taken over in the past few years. In Orange County, there are plenty of places to get this great workout, including Laguna Beach's Bliss Paddle Yoga or Island Paddle Board in Newport Beach. Rent boards here and also get lessons from top experts.

Related: A Guide to Paddleboarding in Orange County.

Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County who can also be found @Sunnynsocal.
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