The percussiveness of Latin and ballroom music resounds through Sonata Room, where founders and decorated dancers Laura Powell and Brandon Kwae lead private and group dance classes. A champion of the International Grand Ball Championships and Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships, Laura brings her hard-earned talent to the classroom, where she has trained up-and-coming dancers for 25 years. Watching a televised dance championship first spurred Brandon onto the dance floor, his quickly developed skills eventually placing him on the podium in competition. Together, the duo now patiently and technically break down each dance step for their students without using intimidating tactics, such as dancing with the time-out chair. Their spacious, dimly lit, and wood-floored studio also hosts occasional events, including bimonthly ballroom-dance parties.
At Fortanasce & Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, an experienced team of doctors of physical therapy, exercise scientists, and massage therapists help clients get into the best shape of their lives. The 11,000 square-foot facility works with the young, old, injured, or healthy through services such as physical and occupational therapy, personal training and Pilates, and industrial rehabilitation. An onsite, in-ground pool lets clients to exercise without stressing their joints, catering to the elderly as well as pregnant women who want to alleviate back pain and teach their babies to speak to fish. A troupe of massage therapists administer deep-tissue, sports, and shiatsu treatments, while hand therapists cater specifically to problems in the wrist, fingers, elbows, and shoulders.
Classes at Bokwa Fitness strive to be letter-perfect. Set to energetic pop music, the fitness classes don't require students to learn choreography or count steps. Instead, instructors structure dance moves around letters and numbers, which groups pretend to draw with their feet. This allows students of all ages and fitness levels to immediately jump in and move to the music.
At Movement Unlimited Fitness Center, clients craft fitter, healthier bodies with each day’s workout. The gym, which has been in operation since 1979, offers state-of-the-art equipment and preaches more of a one-on-one fitness experience than traditional big box gyms. Personal trainers can fine-tune your cardio and strength-training routines, and help you add weight to your bench press and distance to your hamster throw. Group fitness classes provide the chance to build a stronger body through yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and aerobics classes.
It's hard to tell who has received more praise–Foothill Gym, or its owner, Brian Whelan. Brian, an accomplished executive and avid body builder, has received titles ranging from Mr. Muscle Beach to Most Inspirational Bodybuilder. The gym itself has been named among the area’s best fitness centers for the past six years and proudly displays a mission flag awarded by the 40th Infantry Division of the US Army.
Though both the owner and location continue to earn a bevy of awards, the true focus of Foothill Gym’s instructors is to help guests find their ideal physique. They offer one-on-one guidance during personal-training sessions and oversee more social workouts during weekly Group X fitness classes. Independent exercisers can take to an extensive free-weight and resistance-machine space for sessions that burn calories and develop muscle more efficiently than building a bonfire out of ripped phone books. Onsite tanning facilities, open to members and the public, gild patrons’ newly honed forms.