As CrossFit Valencia?s head trainer, it helps that Sam Robin has both a CrossFit Football and a CrossFit Level 1 certification. It also helps that he has an alarm clock, since the studio?s classes begin at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. Each day as the light dawns, Robin and his staff unveil the CrossFit workout of the day?an intense, full-body workout typically composed of functional movements such as swinging a kettlebell, flipping a tractor tire, or lifting one?s bodyweight during squats, pushups, and pull-ups.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Pure Wellness Center's chiropractor, Dr. David Chang, works in tandem with his patients to develop profiles of their spinal health that will serve as the pivot point for holistic wellness. Each patient's narrative gives shape to their treatment, which can include preventative-care regimes geared toward correcting problematic habits or care for recovery from serious traumas, such as car accidents. Therapies range from careful manual or electrical manipulation of vertebrae and muscles to exercises that strengthen the whole musculoskeletal system. The office resembles a Mondrian painting, with panels of red and yellow cloth, geometric black massage tables, and crowds of gallery docents cautioning visitors not to exhale too forcefully on the crisp white walls.
The three founders of Spokes Indoor Cycling have three distinctly different fitness backgrounds. Bridgette Strong has led an active lifestyle her whole life, first as a dancer, then as a black belt in tae kwan do who chases down litterers in her spare time. Debbie Childs, on the other hand, didn’t get into working out until her mid-forties, and has since evolved into an accomplished marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runner. Alternatively, Leigh Moore was an athlete as a youth, but only became serious about her health as an adult after she lost her mother to diabetes-prompted liver disease, and was then diagnosed with type 2 diabetes herself.
Yet, despite their diverse fitness journeys, indoor cycling brought these three entrepreneurs together. At Spokes, the trio has amassed a team of instructors who lead lively sessions complete with mood lighting and music videos. Students can hop on a Keiser m3 bike for straight cycling classes or one of two hybrid classes; Cyclebarre follows 20 minutes of cardio cycling with a 40-minute barre workout, and Cycle & Circuit, splits an 80-minute class between cycling and circuit training.
Some people are born athletes, but proper training can give most anyone an athletic edge. The team of trainers at Velocity Sports Performance knows how to take personal performance to the next level, just as they have done with their former clients—many of whom include professional and international athletes. Programs for student athletes help them achieve new heights from season to season and training for adults ranges from group fitness classes to elite personal training. With a massive 15,000 square feet of football turf, running tracks, ball courts, and lifting areas, programs can be tailored to help athletes excel in just about any sport.