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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, fitfoodie.blogspot.com.
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

Acupuncture

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

Aerobics Instructor

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

Aerobics Studio

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

Alternative Health

Dr. Juli Mazi 2840 Park Ave., Suite A, Soquel, Santa Cruz, 731-5882, naturopaths.healthprofs.com/cam/name/Juli_Mazi_MS,ND_Soquel_California_537305
Runners-Up Nourish, Awaken Massage Therapy

Beauty Supply

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

Botox

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

CrossFit™ Gym

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

Day Spa

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

Facial

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

Fitness Club (overall)

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

Fitness Club (Aptos)

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

Fitness Club (Capitola)

In Shape 1100-1200 41st Ave., Capitola 95010, 476-7373, inshapeclubs.com/health-clubs/in-shape-capitola
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, toadalfitness.com
Runners-Up Tao San Fitness & Martial Arts, Pacific Edge

Fitness Club  (Scotts Valley)

Club One 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley, 431-2202, clubone.com/Clubs/South-Bay/Scotts-Valley
Runners-Up Lightspeed Martial Arts, Scotts Valley Gym

Fitness Club (Soquel)

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

Fitness Club (Watsonville)

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

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

Gymnastic Center

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

Hair Extensions

Vice Salon 309 Capitola Ave., Capitola, 464-1700, salonvice.com
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, salononthesquare-sc.com
Runners-Up Vice Salon, L’Altelier

Hiking Trail

Nisene Marks
100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos, 464-5620, parks.ca.gov/?page_id=666
Runners-Up
Pogonip, Wilder Ranch

Kick-Boxing

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

Laser Hair Removal

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

Martial Arts Studio

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

Massage School

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

Naturopathic Doctor

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

Stand-Up Paddle

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

Pilates Studio

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

Waxing Studio

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

Retreat

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

Senior Care: Assisted Living

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

Senior Care: In-Home Care

ComforCare100 Doyle St. #F, Santa Cruz, 427-1553, comforcare.com/california/santa-cruz-county
Runners-Up Ruth Martin Home Care, Visiting Angels

Senior Care: Financial Planner

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

Senior Care: Real Estate Specialist

Mulhern & Gomes1414 Soquel Ave. Suite100, Santa Cruz, 457-5555, mg4homes.com
Runners-Up Tammi Blake – David Lyng Richard Schmidt

Surf School

Club Ed101 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 464-0177, club-ed.com
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, asudoit.com
Runners-Up Jim Booth, Simkins

Tanning Salon

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

Vitamin Store

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

Women’s Gym

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

Yoga Studio

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

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Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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