When Kristen Horler had her first child in 2001, it seemed as if she would never trim down to her pre-baby body. Try as she might, she couldn't find a workout that did the job, unless it involved hiring an expensive personal trainer, purchasing a gym membership, or convincing Atlas to abandon his post for a few hours. So she decided to create her own mom-friendly workout that would not only help other new moms tone their bodies, but also offer them a strong support system.
Horler drew upon the knowledge she gained working as a former personal trainer and group-fitness instructor and competing as a triathlete to create Strollfit classes. During these 60-minute boot-camp classes, moms exercise alongside their stroller-bound children, performing strength-building exercises, cardio drills, and stretching maneuvers. Strollga fitness classes take moms through yoga poses, often using the stroller as a prop, and four-week Nutrition Solutions programs teach clients how to make small lifestyle adjustments to shed excess pounds.
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.
It's no secret that the UFC boasts some of the best athletes in the world. So it was only natural for the brand to expand into UFC Gym, a network of training centers that includes more than 100 locations across the country. Of course, the class schedule is rooted in mixed martial arts and strength training. Functional fitness is also a huge aspect, with Daily Ultimate Training workouts (DUTs) that keep the body challenged with changing combinations of cardio, anaerobic, and agility exercises.?
With that said, UFC Gyms are not just for those interested in MMA. Its encyclopedic selection of classes includes Barre Interval to U Jam Fitness, Zumba, and Yoga Cycle, with plenty of classes for kids, as well. Personal-training sessions take place with certified UFC Gym coaches, who can both design workouts and give advice about nutrition, supplements, and which library books are heavy enough to build muscle while you read.
Every day is different at Kaia F.I.T. Walnut Creek. The coaches change up the routines every day to create intense, muscle-confusing workouts that challenge the body in new ways in order to avoid plateaus. What's more, they forgo the intimidation of jumping into an already-progressing fitness program or onto an already speeding treadmill by establishing two programs throughout the year. One program is known as Brik, a fitness crash-course that pairs intense workouts with fitness assessments, progress tracking, and nutritional guidance for six weeks. The other program, Core sessions, involves five weeks of Functional Intense Training to build strength and endurance. By combining the two programs, the coaches help women reach their fitness goals while building a community and creating healthy habits.
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.
In a beginner's fencing class at Swordplay Fencing Academy, students start with footwork before they ever touch a sword. You learn how to advance, retire, and lunge, equipping your muscles with a memory of the movements that will help you thrive in a fast-paced sparring match. Once you've got the basics down, you can put on a mesh face mask and grab a foil, saber, or epee and level the basic guards against an opponent during your first duel. For those who want to work out their muscles and relieve stress, open fencing times allow you to spar in the evenings with friends or against your imaginary medieval nemesis.