Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.
At Fitness Therapy the dedicated trainers believe total well-being stems from mental and physical harmony. They strive to help their clients reach this state of wellness with not only physical training, but an understanding of how it affects every area of their lives, from preventing injury to completing everyday tasks. Their holistic approach—blending training and education—encompasses each of their group-fitness offerings, including TRX suspension training, which pits guests against their own body weight with a system of stretchy bands, and circuit training, which combines strength training and aerobics drills to carve lean bodies. To shake up fitness regimens, students can frantically kick their way to wellness in cardio kickboxing and shimmy off excess calories in Zumba dance cardio. In each session, students make use of an arsenal of equipment, including weight sleds, kettlebells, footwork ladders, and cast-iron tap shoes.
When Forrest Folen says he believes in a mind-and-body approach to fitness, he isn’t referring to pseudo-spiritual workouts. Rather, he is drawing from the simple advice given to him by his grandmother: “Take care of your body, and your body will take care of your mind. Take care of your mind, and your mind will take care of your life.” His partner Roy Schuhmacher, on the other hand, comes at fitness from a strictly physical angle. Fueled by a personal goal to become a bodybuilder when he was younger, he turned to scientific methods and empirical data to craft his regimens. This research eventually led him to the slow and steady approach to bulking up that he uses today. In 2008, both Folen and Schuhmacher joined forces, bringing their unique mix of perspectives and exercise approaches to the public at Fit for Life Solutions.
Through their studio, the two trainers slim bodies with large group boot-camp sessions, tame waistlines with Next Level personal training, and accelerate heart rates during intensive small group exercises that incorporate kettlebells and industrial-grade defibrillators.
At Yoga Flow SF, the ingredients for a healthy class are not blood, sweat, and tears but music, stretches, and heat. The instructors specialize in Vinyasa flow and hold classes in a well-lit space warmed to at least 80 degrees. For each session, they lead participants through a medley of stretches and poses that flow seamlessly into one another, and they also play music to complement the practice and encourage relaxation and continual breathing. Their curriculum accommodates beginners and practiced yogis alike with offerings from Mellow Flow to Fast Flow classes. During the 60- to 75-minute sessions, teachers aid individual pupils by offering modifications suitable for beginner or advanced students. They also host private seminars, and corporate classes and offer massage and childcare services.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, shiatsu massage chairs stand at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.