While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers?with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers?are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
After being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 6, Kettlebells of Fresno's Dina Juve spent more than 15 years in a sedentary lifestyle. At 21, she decided to take charge of her health and began to educate herself on the principles of a healthy lifestyle. Today, this mother of three, certified Russian-kettlebell instructor, and personal trainer stays in shape using the same exercises that she teaches in her fitness classes and private group training sessions. Her kettlebell workouts have even been featured on the KSEE 24 News.
During training sessions, Dina uses weighted cast-iron kettlebells and the TRX suspension-training system to help clients of all fitness levels increase strength, endurance, and muscle tone throughout their entire bodies. Using the knowledge she gained to turn her life around, Dine also helps her clients reach their fitness goals with nutritional guidance, giving them the know-how to steer clear of tempting chocolate-covered barbells.
Fit For Life Bootcamp’s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
At My Gym Clovis, an imagination-sized playscape opens before kids as they slip down slides, bound into ball pits, soar on the swings, and gambol on the trampoline. Age-appropriate classes help them make the most of the colorful space, ensuring that the littlest tyke never has to compete with larger, 300-year-old tortoises for toys. The youngest students start exploring sound and movement with their parents at six weeks old, and kids up to 13 years old boost their strength, flexibility, and cardio fortitude during fitness games. Lessons on healthy living teach kids to eschew sedentary activities such as watching TV and peeling paint with their laser vision in favor of more active endeavors. During the gym's free-play sessions, kids have their run of the place and burn off stores of excess energy, and My Gym Clovis also hosts fun, energetic birthday parties.
Temples often stand as monuments, long-lasting reminders of the incredible dedication it took to erect them. At Get a Better Body Fitness, this is what they mean when they say, “Your body is your temple.” There, trainer Lamont Nash and his fellow instructors help students build and sculpt their bodies with a training method inspired by Jack LaLanne. Their ideology focuses on daily body-weight exercises such as pushups and crunches coupled with a nutritious diet.
Training unfolds across multiple facilities, including a colorful gym—called “the playground”—that houses ample punching bags, and a small field of turf embedded in the middle of the room. The center also runs a pro shop with fitness apparel and workout flash cards that can be used to construct new regimens at home or study for phys-ed finals that require students to carve the answers into the tops of their desks.
Dr. Iulia S. Vorobchevici considers a beautiful smile a gateway to opportunity since it's one of the first things people see when they meet someone new. At her Clovis dental practice, she and her staff of dental specialists improve the appearance and health of teeth with advanced technologies. The Polaoffice+ equipment employs laser technology to erase enamel stains, and low-radiation digital x-rays and intraoral imaging help locate cavities hiding behind gums and making remodeling plans. The team masters a variety of other services ranging from basic exams to complete dental-implant procedures.