The expert trainers at Energeia Boot Camp take personal stock in motivating each member to reach his or her fitness goals. Through a combination of fitness coaching, nutrition advice, and positive support, they take an active role in keeping their charges accountable to themselves. Their more than 30 boot-camp sessions per week meet morning and evening, rain or shine, leaving clients with no excuses to stay home to try to remain perfectly still for 24 hours. The sessions challenge members with an ever-changing lineup of routines that incorporate running and stair climbing, conditioning drills, and strength and resistance training that campers tackle at their own pace. This variety keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to the workouts, rendering them ineffective, and prevents workout burnout.
To further motivate their patrons into action, the staff members help them track their progress during regular fitness assessments. Clients can also sign up for personal-training sessions to make progress toward their goals in a one-on-one setting.
When Scott Rempfer was a kid, sports were fundamental to his self-esteem and sense of discipline. So much so that, even as a pre-teen, he began to put plans in place for what he calls a dream job – helping kids and people develop self-esteem, focus, and discipline through sports, martial arts, and professional training.
Doing something to benefit himself and others through sports and exercise, Scott ultimately founded KidSportzUSA which features after school programs and summer camps for kids of all ages including Sports Play, Summer Camps, Sports Camps, After-School Sports all located at MED-X Sports & Fitness Center. Students participate in activities such as sports, laser tag, video interactive play, obstacle courses, games, movies, and more. Alternative activities include free play, science, arts and crafts, and creative performance. They not only combat the effects of sedentary modern lifestyles, but they build self-esteem, discipline, listening skills, focus, and all the other intangibles that made playing and learning sports so important to Scott years ago. Two-hour extended care is also available for an additional fee.
The staffers at The Right Stuff Health Club strive to make their gyms a welcoming place for exercisers of all abilities. They keep their suite of Life Fitness cardio equipment sanitized and sparkling so patrons feel comfortable as they pedal bikes or somersault over and over again on top of treadmills. Multiple TVs keep everyone entertained as they do reps on strength-training machines or use free weights. In addition to group fitness classes such as boot camp, step, cycling, and yoga, members can meet with personal trainers for one-on-one sessions that are customized to their fitness goals, from losing weight to competing in a marathon. For those with little ones, the onsite daycare center enables them to workout without strapping their spawn to their backs.
Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center’s martial arts trainers and coaches take on students aged 3–60 in their quest to spread the art of muay thai. Far from regarding the ancient martial art—which incorporates strikes from the fists, feet, elbows, and knees—as simply a means of fighting or very forcefully hailing a cab, staff also gear classes toward fitness with their X-Fit kickboxing programs. All lessons take place in their 5,000-square-foot facility, where students battle punching bags or spar against padded partners. An additional 2,000-square-foot personal-training studio provides space for one-on-one conditioning, which removes all competitive aspects from training, aside from the quest to wipe that smug smile off of your shadow’s face.
For The Yoga Studio’s owner Pik Chu, yoga has been much more than just an exercise routine. An instructor for more than 10 years, Pik believes yoga has helped her to overcome an early-life diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that she was told would confine her to a wheelchair. Now wheelchair- and medication-free, Pik runs The Yoga Studio, which offers a versatile schedule. Classes range from gentle yoga sessions that focus on simple breathing techniques to restorative yoga that combines energy work with visualization. The Yoga Studio also specializes in offering aerial yoga, which utilizes soft fabric hammocks that allow individuals to suspend themselves in the air while practicing traditional Hatha techniques and making sure that gravity still works. Beginners start by alternating between using the hammocks and regular yoga mats in order to ease students into new techniques.
Ray Sliter is a California-born marine geologist, and Mats Hagstrom a Swedish-born physician, but they claim at least one common passion—wine. The duo began crafting wine when, one day in 1999, Mats arrived at Ray’s door with a half-ton of grapes, given to him by a patient, and a used barrel. They launched their wine-making pursuit nearly immediately and, in 2005, became fully bonded as Travieso Winery. Today, the duo hold close to their original principles—they purchase grapes by the acre to ensure control, stir in wild yeast, and limit suflites during production. They press each of their wines in new french-oak barrels, and age the concoctions for at least a year, even when they're really thirsty. The end result is a range of cheekily themed Spanish- and California-style wines, which their tasting room supplies by the bottle or introduces by the glass at Saturday tastings.