COSTA MESA — Newport-Mesa residents interested in working out with fitness guru Billy Blanks no longer have to go far, and can help out a local elementary school at the same time.
The United Studios of Self Defense's Back Bay location at 2675 Irvine Ave. is now offering Tae Bo Fitness classes with Blanks and a special introductory rate for a month's worth of classes — with $5 of each sign up benefiting Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach.
"We like to work with the community," said General Manager Mikki St. Germain. "We're always doing something with the community and students."
An introductory rate of $49 for a month of unlimited classes is being offered until Dec. 15 with a portion of the money going to Mariners, St. Germain said.
Blanks classes are offered at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Blanks, who also teaches classes in Laguna Niguel, Dana Point and at Gold's Gym in Trabuco Canyon, became famous for creating Tae Bo fitness, a mixture of karate, dancing, boxing, ballet and yoga that increases flexibility and strengthens the cardiovascular system.