All Zumba instructors claim to create a party-like atmosphere, but Raquel Call delivers on the promise by taking her routines all the way into the club. During evening classes at Vice Ultra Lounge, the lights dim and the beats resonate as though Raquel and her students are kicking off nights on the town. Special events incorporate themes and costumes, such as retro leggings for an ‘80s bash or sweatpants designed by Betsy Ross for Independence Day. Raquel also pays homage to her Brazilian roots with Carnival celebrations and Brazilian Nights, where she showcases her background in samba while dancing to live South American music.
Amid all the gyrating, it's easy for her pupils to forget that they're burning calories. However, Raquel's testimonials and weight-loss stories speak to the benefits of her classes. Her expertise enables her to host master classes with established guest instructors, and earned her Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay award for Best Zumba Class in 2012. By helming additional classes in yoga, samba, and Zumba Toning, she helps her guests pursue their fitness goals with a combination of poise and pizzazz.
Lynch Fitness doesn't have a traditional gym's ubiquitous rows of cardio equipment, stacks of heavy weights, or people-size hamster wheels. Instead, the airy studio's sizeable windows shed natural light on nationally certified trainers leading boot-camp classes focused on functional motions and circuit training. Their approach foregoes weightlifting and machines that limit bodies to singular movements. The sweat-summoning workouts are more dynamic and eclectic than that, as members might find themselves using TRX suspension-training bands, modifying body-weight exercises on a BOSU ball, or twirling heavy ropes. Most of the classes last 45 minutes, and trainers help members incinerate a higher number of calories by encouraging them in constant motion throughout the workout.
In addition to the boot camps, the trainers also offer personal-training sessions to hone in on individual goals. Monthly seminars, a running club, and group outings such as a standup paddleboarding adventure encourage group camaraderie and extend active lifestyles outside of the gym.
When Lisa Rasmussen and Trippe Roloff aren't training clients, they're running, hiking, cycling, and weight-lifting. That's because the Forward Fitness trainers practice what they preach. By incorporating fitness into their daily routines, they share their passion with their clients and show them the importance of working out, eating right, and burning calories without setting all the donuts in the pantry on fire.
Together they lead patrons on a quest to fitter physiques with high-intensity outdoor boot-camp classes. They've designed a range of classes to accommodate clients of all fitness levels, whether you want to sculpt chiseled abs or up your endurance and overall fitness. For one-on-one attention, they also host private boot camps and personal-training sessions.
Physician and medical director Abishai Tichaona Rumano, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of medical-based beautification treatments, helms a team of physician's assistants and nurses with the help of clinical director Elham Zarnegar, who has nearly 10 years of experience in medical cosmetic injectables. This squadron of registered professionals wields lasers and neuromodulators such as Botox to battle bodily imperfections, including wrinkles, acne, unwanted hairs, and varicose veins in the shape of Howard Taft.
There's something different about the Pilates classes at IM=X Pilates Studio. If you waltz into a class mid-session, you might see people stretching on Pilates reformers, but you may also find others jumping on and off boxes, pumping pedals on stationary bikes, or using resistance rings. That's because owner Steve Smith recognized the importance of cross-training while prepping for triathlons and decided to combine Pilates with cardio and resistance training. This leads to greater functional strength, flexibility, and injury prevention.
Smith and his team of certified instructors lead a series of more than 15 Pilates cross-training classes by employing the reformer apparatus and circuit-training techniques. Specialized classes even suit specific athletic needs, such as the IM=X golf and tennis classes. Classes are 30 to 75 minutes each and can focus expressly on abs, full-body toning, or improving back strength to eliminate chronic back pain and overly clingy rucksacks. To keep classes accessible and effective, instructors scale them to individual fitness levels and offer beginner through advanced sessions.