With the motto “train insane or remain the same,” trainers at Silicon Valley Athletic Club pride themselves in helping their students undergo physical transformations. In daily boot-camp, spinning, and Zumba dance-fitness classes, they work one-on-one with clients, ensuring each one gets the most from the group workouts. Classes are held in the club's 35,000-square-foot space.
Today's Groupon personally calms your core and gives it the strength to endure all life's bends, loops, and twistywhirls. For $35, you get one private Pilates class and one group equipment Pilates class at Tru-Balance Pilates Fitness Studio in Willow Glen (a $120 value). Expert instruction and a dedication to your body's potential at Tru-Balance will make you a champion Pilatist whose perfect postural muscles will be extolled by troubadors, lonely long-distance runners, and cone tenders for years to come.
Today’s Groupon flexes, stretches, and twists your soul and body into a purity pretzel: for $25, you get five yoga classes at NuLife Yoga (a $50 value). It's perfect for de-stressing from holiday stresses that include taking difficult family pictures around the holiday tree, singing already-challenging holiday songs in more challenging keys, and building a home computer so you can send out holiday e-cards.There once was a flexible gal, Whose yogic skills never did fail, When forgetting her keys, She just pulled in her knees, And squeezed through the slot for the mail.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Santa Clara take Bikram very, very seriously. During the run of their 90-minute sweat sessions, students cannot leave the room or speak, and they keep still between asanas. Cell phones and other external distractions stay outside. It's this intense focus, concentration, and pursuit of self-control that distinguish this style of yoga.
As sweltering heat engulfs the room, instructors encourage students to explore the limits of their body and mind by guiding them through 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The poses are simple enough that even yoga initiates can perform them, but at a humid and challenging 105 degrees, the body begins to sweat almost immediately. As the class progresses, heart rates speed up and the flow of the poses demands every ounce of mental energy to maintain focus. Eventually, toxins flush out of the pores, tension stretches out of the muscles and ligaments, and the heat begins to enable practitioners to perform deeper movements with a diminished risk of injury.
Bikram Yoga Santa Clara has onsite showers for a postworkout cooldown. Students are encouraged to bring plenty of water, a mat, and a towel.
Like many success stories, the Core Fitness tale begins when a business executive quit her job to pursue her true dream. For Nanci Mora, her dream was to become a fitness instructor. After 10 years of training and working as a trainer, she began conducting her own Pilates classes for three friends in her home. As word of Nanci's replenishing and invigorating Pilates workouts spread, her class size continued to expand in an inverse relationship to her students’ waistlines.
Today, Nanci continues to teach Pilates at her own professional studio, Core Fitness, where she and a staff of dancers, Pilates instructors, and fitness professionals teach workout classes throughout the week. Amidst the studio's earth-toned walls and towering mirrors, professional Pilates reformer machines help clients tone bodies.