The origin of Team Appleby Fitness is a tale of two Applebys. Steve Appleby grew up in Southern California, and led a very active lifestyle until the age of 17, when he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Determined, Steve rehabilitated and transformed himself, eventually making a career out of helping others do the same.
Tanya Appleby, meanwhile, hails from Northern California. For awhile, she led an inactive, unhealthy lifestyle. Then she met Steve in 2000. Inspired by his story, she, too, underwent a transformation, eventually dedicating herself to helping others just as Steve had years before. Today, Steve and Tanya both boast multiple certifications, including personal training. They combine their decades of experience to offer a variety of training programs, assisting clients in weight loss, muscle training, endurance training, and more.
A sprawling multisport facility, Next Level Sports Complex welcomes athletes from all walks to train, join youth and adult leagues, or enroll in athletic clinics and camps. The complex contains 11 basketball courts, 14 volleyball courts, and 4 turf fields for soccer and other sports. When they're not participating in open-gym and league games, athletes can take advantage of the weight-training facilities or various fitness courses.
It was summer, a time when most teens spend their days sleeping late and playing video games. But not Chris Maxwell. He was 16 and wanted to get a jump-start on the next year’s wrestling season. So he hit the gym, and it changed his life—as of that summer, he knew his future career would be centered around fitness.
Now a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist, Chris helps people mold their physiques and lives into healthier states with private and small-group training sessions. Additionally, his 16-week packages include body-composition testing, custom meal plans, and a secret handshake to start each training session.
The couple behind Project FitFam understand the juggling act of life; keeping up with their careers, marriage, and two toddlers can be a handful before you take into account the need to exercise. They share this story with many of their clients, and they also share the strategies they've developed for making a little extra time to take care of yourself. They run an array of fitness boot camps that incorporate kickboxing, kettlebells, and plyometrics and are held outdoors at local parks. They even set aside specific dates for playdate fitness camps, where parents work out as their kids frolic on a nearby playground.
At Evolved Strength, patrons can take many different paths toward personal fitness. Traditional exercise machinery—strength-training machines, free weights, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes—shares floor space with boot-camp, spin, and yoga studios, where group classes take place. Evolved Strength also houses three racquetball courts, and, outdoors, patrons can swim laps in a heated pool. As for the gym’s staff of personal trainers, they customize workouts so that exercisers perform a more effective routine and achieve their fitness goals faster.
Jaiya Figueras started playing football as a child and eventually tackled his way up to the professional level in Canada, cultivating a career that inspired a passion for coaching. In addition to working as a high-school teacher and football coach, Figueras spent his post-pigskin years studying sports sciences and writing books about training. Eventually, he became a personal trainer, and one of his clients was Kimi Idio. Idio wanted to reboot her sedentary lifestyle, and with the help of Figueras' individualized attention, she was able to change her body and habits. Together, the duo formed Epic, where groups harmoniously endure intense guided workouts. Some workouts focus on muscles, others incorporate unconventional props, such as weighted rubber chickens, and some are designed for runners or football players.