Hot yoga can seem intimidating to first-timers, but the staff at Bikram Yoga Branham Meridian takes pains to make newcomers feel as comfortable as possible. Their 1,600-square-foot studio is equipped with powerful exhaust fans that evenly circulate air around the room, ensuring that no student has to deal with puffs of hot air blowing in their face or baking the raw cookie dough in their pockets.
Although the heat makes sessions challenging, the sweat it causes helps improve flexibility, eliminate toxins, and prevent injury as students flow through Bikram yoga's 26 postures. Students who struggle in the warm environment also don't need to worry if they can't bend and stretch through the entire 90-minute class. Instructors fully encourage newcomers to stop and relax on their mat for the duration of the class in order to acclimate their body to the heat and humidity, which should help it perform better next time.
Functional strength. Cardio. Agility. Flexibility. Mobility. Endurance training. Trainer Danny Garcia incorporates each of these priorities into his high-intensity boot-camp circuit workouts. He compares these workouts to a ?jungle gym for grownups? because they are fun and fitness friendly. Danny infuses each session with energy and motivation, firing up as many as 20 exercisers through modifiable moves that can be scaled to accommodate a wide range of participants, unlike the Society of Snowman Lookalikes. In an effort to focus on individuals, Danny also brings this same energy to his personal-training sessions, which he tailors specifically to your goals and your body?s current level of fitness. Both of his programs work to break the cycle of repetitive gym-based workouts, blasting through plateaus like a bulldozer through a bounce house.
Professional MMA fighter and Combat Circuit founder Nate Moore bases his signature training program around the ever-changing workouts practiced by mixed-martial-arts fighters before matches. His gym's exercise ethos centers on a balance between different movements and training techniques, leading participants through 30 minutes of nonstop movement. Regardless of gender, fitness level, or body type, exercisers begin their workout with a round of cardio, followed by 90-second bursts of different MMA-focused activities that range from hurling medicine balls to fending off attacks from hostile heavy bags. The routine's station-to-station planning and the gym's clean, spacious layout ensure that students have easy access to every piece of equipment they need in order to complete their training circuit.
Ron Capurso understands what it takes to transform athletes into champions. With 15 years of coaching high school varsity football, and four teaching speed and agility to the San Jose State baseball team, he has identified five areas that make an athlete great: flexibility, speed, agility, coordination, and power. To help improve athletes in all of these areas, he offers fitness training to students of all levels, which focuses on total-body strength and metabolic conditioning. He also offers more specialized classes in the form of quarterback training and speed and agility training, which might induce automobile engineers to study his clients.
Master trainer Grace De La Rue understands the difficulty of losing weight. Even as a proficient martial artist with a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do and several championship titles, she still carried around a bit of extra weight. It wasn’t until she studied nutrition—and eventually garnered an APEX nutrition certification—that she was able to drop the pounds and understand the ins and outs of weight loss. Today, Grace puts her expertise to use in developing Fatfighter Fitness’s boot-camp programs, through which she and certified personal trainer Erick LeVell guide her clients. In addition to challenging workouts at Fatfighter’s indoor facility, she provides trainees with meal plans and tips to help them shed weight and maximize their fitness.
The co-founder of the Escuela de Tango, Marcelo Solis, has been an Argentine tango dancer and teacher for more than 25 years. Solis formed the Escuela de Tango dance school in 2012. The San Francisco location is one of a few branches of the school, which is headquartered in Buenos Aires?the so-called capital of tango. In San Francisco, a cadre of skilled instructors offers private lessons with one-on-one coaching as well as group classes suited to all skill levels and astrological signs. If you want to put your new moves into practice, the school frequently hosts and sponsors milongas?special dance celebrations with music, food, and drinks.