The 7 experienced instructors at Yoga Sol harmonize their disparate backgrounds to bring students a well-rounded yoga practice. Owner Tara Clay brings expertise in clinical psychology, whereas CJ Lamborn contributes her experience as a Pilates instructor and understanding of the healing power of yoga. Marlena Salinas has a compelling story—trained as a hypnotherapist, she started practicing yoga after the birth of her son and uses language to help clients release pain as well as gain confidence. This is just a snapshot of the studio's staff, but it embodies the wealth of knowledge behind each session, be it Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, or restorative Yin. The instructors teach students of all experience levels, tailoring sessions for injured participants, expectant mothers, and people who are primarily made out of pretzels. Practice areas adjoin a retail space with yoga mats and blocks.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At Delta Martial Arts & Athletics, the staff knows that martial arts are as varied and unique as their practitioners. That's why they design classes specifically for different kinds of students. Kids as young as 3 benefit from traditional karate and jujitsu classes that are fun yet focused. Older kids continue to develop their discipline in Dragons classes. There they'll add kickboxing and self-defense drills to their repertoire as they develop coordination and self-confidence.
From age 14 and older, students can learn studio owner Jonathan Hamilton's specialties—wing tsun kung fu and escrima. Wing tsun, an ancient Chinese art, directs energy down the body's centerline, maximizing striking efficiency to best opponents. Escrima is a Filipino marital art that concentrates on self-defense and weapon work, namely with a knife, stick, and bow. Clients looking for strictly fitness-oriented classes sweat it out during CrossFit classes, where they perform dynamic functional movements such as weightlifting and sprints to lose fat and gain muscle.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer Anna Dornier founded Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp after a frustrating period of weight-loss guesswork, during which she relinquished fruitless gym visits for a variable, 45-minute class structure. Anna's triumph over her own unwanted pounds inspired her to help others, and she now holds indoor boot-camp sessions for clients of all fitness levels. Though each class challenges participants to stretch their physical limits, everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace through an invigorating medley of strength and cardio exercises. Regular measurements calculate body-fat percentage and the number of kettlebells you can fit in your mouth to showcase individual progress. A members-only online community also doles out community support, nutrition resources, and tools for tracking your health headway.
Tired of being relentlessly teased by his older brother, Matt Johnson decided to head to San Diego State University and pursue a degree in kinesiology. Shortly after transforming his body and his life, he opened Dream Body Boot Camp in an effort to help others on their fitness paths. As the 2012 winner for Best Boot Camp by San Diego A-List and 2013 winner for Best Bay Area Boot Camp by CityVoter, Dream Body has brought its program to the Bay Area, sculpting muscles and shedding fat through intense 60-minute cardio and strength-training workouts instructed by Matt himself. Men and women of all fitness levels can sign up for the camp, as long as they?re ready to run sprints, do push-ups, and high-five someone other than themselves.