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Best of Santa Cruz Health and Fitness

best healthxBest CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Santa Cruz

CrossFit focuses on functional movements done at high intensity with lots of variance. It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular activities in as many ways as possible.

Humble Beginnings CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman started the company in his garage in Santa Cruz in 2000.
Elbow Room In its 3,500-square-foot warehouse, CrossFit Santa Cruz offers fitness to athletes ranging in ages from 12 to 70, and includes doctors, lawyers, teachers, firefighters, mortgage brokers, surfers, motocross riders, and more …
Breaking a Sweat Example of a CrossFit workout: a one-mile run and maximum reps of 315-pound deadlifts in eight minutes. Then, in 10 minutes: a one-mile run, followed by maximum reps of 225-pound power cleans. Finally in 12 minutes: a one-mile run—followed by maximum reps of 135-pound overhead squats. No resting in between.
Whole World in Strong Hands Today there are more than 7,000 CrossFit affiliate locations worldwide. | Jacob Pierce

Best Vitamin Store

Best health2Staff of Life
Health haven
Bigger than yours The vitamin department at Staff of Life is one of the largest in northern California.
Around the world in a daze Did you know you can effectively travel the world within the walls at the Staff of Life vitamin store? African black soap, Himalayan bath salts and French lavender lotion are only a few of the international offerings.
Multiple Choice
The most popular vitamins and supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D and calcium. | Leslie Patrick

Best Aerobics Instructor

best health3Margaux Morgan
Miss Fit
Food for Thought She has recipes and workouts on her blog,
Oh, Brother She grew up with four brothers, who got her interested in sports at an early age.
Science Project She is currently studying Nutrition and Food Science with an emphasis on Dietetics at San Jose State University.
Ruff Life She enjoys long walks on the beach with her dog, Reef. | Georgia Perry

Best Hiking Trail

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
45 miles of trails + 10,222 acres + The park goes from sea level up to 2,600 feet at its peak. + The epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was located within Nisene Marks.
In the late 1800s, Southern Pacific Railroad plowed a 7.2-mile standard gauge railroad up the canyon, using an army of 300 to 400 Chinese laborers, according to Santa Cruz’s “History Dude,” Sandy Lydon. “Some people look at [these redwoods] and say ‘oh gee, it’s really a shame they cut them down.’ Well there’s another way to look at this story: look at how they’re coming back. Look at the resilience of these trees. And we’ve done this. We decided to put a fence around them and let them run.”—Lydon to GT in 2012
Memorable features on the Old Growth Loop trail include a mysterious and hard-to-find albino redwood, a grove of spiraling trees known as The Curlicue Forest (also The Curly Trees or The Crazy Forest), and scars from the park’s logging history, such as stumps and springboard notches in trunks. The Marks family donated 9,000 acres of family-owned land to the State of California in 1963 in honor of their mother, Nisene. The Forest of Nisene Marks celebrated 50 years as a state park last year.  | Elizabeth Limbach

Category Winners & Runners-Up


Five Branches Institute 200 Seventh Ave. #115, Santa Cruz,476-8211,
Communi-Qi, Flux Acupuncture Lounge, Kasha Forgette

Aerobics Instructor

Margaux Morgan 2551 South Rodeo Gulch Road #4, Soquel, Santa Cruz, 600-7160,
Runners-Up Lee Pate, Danny Diaz

Aerobics Studio

Toadal Fitness 113 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-3764 and multiple locations,
Runners-Up In Shape, Santa Cruz Dance Co

Alternative Health

Dr. Juli Mazi 2840 Park Ave., Suite A, Soquel, Santa Cruz, 731-5882,,ND_Soquel_California_537305
Runners-Up Nourish, Awaken Massage Therapy

Beauty Supply

Westside Beauty Supply 580 River St., Santa Cruz, 459-8450,
Runners-Up Bella Dawna Esthetics, CosmoProf


UltraDerm 3311 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz, 475-4315,
Runners-Up Laser Hair & Skin Solutions, Smooth Body Lounge

CrossFit™ Gym

CrossFit Santa Cruz 2521 Mission St Ext, 421-2065,
Runners-Up Studio 831, Amundson

Day Spa

Bella Dawna 7556 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-3203,
Runners-Up L’Atelier, Well Within


Smooth Body Lounge 2345 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 420-3262,
Runners-Up Bella Dawna, L’Altelier

Fitness Club (overall)

Toadal/Cabrillo Fitness 6200 Soquel Ave., Aptos 475-5979,

Fitness Club (Aptos)

Seascape Village Fitness 16-A Seascape Village Fitness, Aptos, 708-2323,
Runners-Up Cabrillo Fitness, Precision Wellness Center

Fitness Club (Capitola)

In Shape 1100-1200 41st Ave., Capitola 95010, 476-7373,
Runners-Up Capitola Fitness, Rockys

Fitness Club (Santa Cruz)

Toadal Fitness 113 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-3764; 1200 17th Ave. #108, Santa Cruz, 464-3764; 3004 Mission St. Ext., Santa Cruz, 466-3764,
Runners-Up Tao San Fitness & Martial Arts, Pacific Edge

Fitness Club  (Scotts Valley)

Club One 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley, 431-2202,
Runners-Up Lightspeed Martial Arts, Scotts Valley Gym

Fitness Club (Soquel)

Farley’s Kickboxing Academy 2551 S Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel, 600-7160,
Runners-Up Cabrillo Fitness, Santa Cruz Dance

Fitness Club (Watsonville)

Lifestyle Fitness 25 Penny Lane, Watsonville, 722-1612,
Runners-Up Body Zone, Gold’s Gym

Golf Course De Laveaga Golf and Lodge 401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz, 423-7212,
Runners-Up Pasatiempo, Seascape

Gymnastic Center

Santa Cruz Gymnastics 2750 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 462-0655,
Runners-Up Vargas Academy, Junebugs

Hair Extensions

Vice Salon 309 Capitola Ave., Capitola, 464-1700,
Runners-Up Serene Skin and Body/ L'Atelier, Laurie Davis at Fusion Salon

Hair Salon

Salon on the Square Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 600-7087,
Runners-Up Vice Salon, L’Altelier

Hiking Trail

Nisene Marks
100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos, 464-5620,
Pogonip, Wilder Ranch


Tao San Fitness & Martial Arts 2801 Mission St. #2853, Santa Cruz, 332-8847,
Runners-Up Farley’s Kickboxing Academy, Minorsan

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair & Skin Solutions 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd #71b, Aptos, 689-9830
Monterey Bay Laser Aesthetics, UltraDerm

Martial Arts Studio

Lightspeed Martial Arts 5004 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-6068,
Runners-Up Tao San Fitness and Martial Arts, Elite Martial Arts Academy

Massage School

Twin Lakes 1525 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 476-2152,
Runners-Up Cypress Health Institute, Five Branches

Naturopathic Doctor

Aimee Shunney 21511 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 465-9088,
Runners-Up Dr. Juli Mazi, Rachel Abrams MD

Stand-Up Paddle

SUP Shack 2214 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 464-7467,
Runners-Up Coverwater, Kayak Connection

Pilates Studio

Body in Motion 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. #55, Aptos, 685-1779,
Runners-Up Agile Monkey, Pleasure Point Pilates

Waxing Studio

Smooth Body Lounge 2345 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 420-3262,
Runners-Up European Wax Center, Bella Dawna


Land of Medicine Buddha 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, 462-8383,
Runners-Up Chaminade, Mount Madonna Center

Senior Care: Assisted Living

Dominican Oaks 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz, 462-6257,
Runners-Up Sunshine Villa, Oak Tree Villa

Senior Care: In-Home Care

ComforCare100 Doyle St. #F, Santa Cruz, 427-1553,
Runners-Up Ruth Martin Home Care, Visiting Angels

Senior Care: Financial Planner

Christine McBroom1500 41st Ave. #262, Capitola, 476-7300,
Runners-Up Cheryl Rebottaro Edward Jones, Zach Brown – Edward Jones

Senior Care: Real Estate Specialist

Mulhern & Gomes1414 Soquel Ave. Suite100, Santa Cruz, 457-5555,
Runners-Up Tammi Blake – David Lyng Richard Schmidt

Surf School

Club Ed101 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 464-0177,
Runners-Up Richard Schmidt, Surf School Santa Cruz

Surf Spot

Steamer Lane West Cliff, Santa Cruz, 420-5270
Runners-Up Pleasure Point, The Hook

Swim School

Adventure Sports 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz, 458-3648,
Runners-Up Jim Booth, Simkins

Tanning Salon

Tanner’s Cove 1420 41st Ave. # D, Capitola, 475-8267,
Runners-Up Paradise Tanning, Glimmer and Glow

Vitamin Store

Staff of Life 1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8632,
Runners-Up Way of Life, New Leaf, Bloom

Women’s Gym

Curves 2724 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 465-8228,
Runners-Up In-Shape, Toadal Fitness

Yoga Studio

Luma 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz, 325-2620,
Runners-Up Pacific Cultural Center, Nourish

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