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By: Elia Powers | September 24, 2005
On a typical workday, Bear St. Clair logs more than 15 hours at his office, a converted candle factory in the heart of Costa Mesa's Westside. He owns a desk and computer, and makes use of his assistants, but don't expect to find St. Clair wearing a business suit -- or even shoes. The fifth-generation Costa Mesa resident wraps his feet in athletic tape each morning. That's just part of the routine when your office is a gym, and your job is teaching martial arts.
March 14, 2004
Deirdre Newman Marcus McAdams began working out at the 24 Hour Fitness Center in Costa Mesa in August. His mom, Debi Yao, had signed up for personal training and hadn't used it yet. She realized it was about to expire and asked her son if he wanted to go with her to the gym. He said yes for the same reason many adults do. "I just felt like I had a stomach and wanted to get rid of that and wanted to get strength so...
July 19, 2004
Steve Virgen When Jean Coon takes a walk through her neighborhood she sees the beauty and serenity of Corona del Mar. She becomes one with her surroundings. While walking a rush will come over the 81-year-old and she will begin to jog. Then she runs, and runs. "I run about four times a week," Coon said. "The days I don't go to the gym I walk." While Coon enjoys to run to maintain good health, she also loves to compete. She won the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K last month finishing in 45:08.
By Saneyee Purandare | February 6, 2009
Every time teacher Linda Dettmer Gardiner tries to explain how she feels, she starts to cry. All around her are her friends, co-workers and students where she has worked for the last 48 years, and when she’s asked to comment on Christ Lutheran School’s 50th anniversary, she can hardly get the words out. “It brings a lot of tears and memories,” she said. “I feel tremendous gratitude to God for the blessings showered on the school and me.” For Gardiner, things have changed drastically over the last 50 years at the Costa Mesa school.
By Matt Szabo, | June 4, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Maddy Brown had been sitting on the bench since the first set, soaking up the atmosphere of the girls' match at the 34th annual Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County High School Volleyball Games. Suddenly, on match point in the third set, the Newport Harbor High senior was subbed in to serve Friday night. The significance wasn't lost on Brown, not in the Sailors' gym where she had spent countless hours perfecting her game. "It's really cool, especially since it's in our own gym," Brown said.
By Paul Anderson | November 27, 2008
So you?ve just indulged in a ginormous Thanksgiving dinner, wolfing down all the goodies like your favorite aunt?s candied yams and then Mom?s delicious pumpkin pie. Then the bad news ? you?ve just stepped on the bathroom scale. Time to loosen that belt and make an appointment with the personal trainer. So who best during the holiday season of Christmas cookies and milk than to check in with personal trainers Sarah Daum and Donna Vittorio at Back Bay Fitness in Costa Mesa. ?
April 15, 2001
Danette Goulet Before 10-year-old Brittany Miller leaves elementary school, she will have spent a year on a weight loss program. The fifth-grader from Newport Beach has already shed an amazing 27 pounds from her still growing 4-foot, 10-inch frame. In September, Brittany began a workout regimen and nutrition program at Tuf Productions gym in Newport Beach, she said, because her mother was worried about her weight. For the first few years of her life Brittany looked like a twin to her 12-year-old sister Stephanie, who is still a "string bean," said Liz Harris, Brittany's mother.
February 17, 2009
The fourth annual Bob White Invitational Youth Karate Tournament will take place Feb. 28 at the Calvary Chapel High gym in Santa Ana. The tournament, benefiting the Royal Family Kids’ Camp and put on by Bob White’s Karate Studio, is open to the youth, up to 17 years old, and will feature sparring and forms competition. The cost to participate in just one or all four divisions is $25. Registration forms can be found at The forms can be faxed to (714)
By Joe Haakenson | August 26, 2012
Dan Fisher is well aware that the performance of his women's volleyball team at Concordia University last season has raised expectations. A 36-match winning streak and reaching the championship match in the NAIA national tournament have a funny way of doing that. But whatever is expected of his team outside of their practice gym pales in comparison to the expectations inside that gym. "The best thing about this year is we don't need to talk about what our goals are," Fisher said.
By Jim Carnett | July 16, 2012
I was 12 years old in the summer of 1957 and had just finished the seventh grade. My family lived on Costa Mesa's Eastside, not far from the Santa Ana Country Club. I was too old to play in our front yard sprinklers. Conversely, I was not old enough (according to my mother's non-negotiable edict) to ride my bicycle five miles to the glorious breakers off Newport. What to do for summer fun? Fishing for crawdads in the open drainage ditches flowing next to Costa Mesa's potholed streets was one diversion.
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