Equipment: Weights, medicine balls, kettle bells, suspension and resistance equipment
Students should bring: A positive attitude, water bottle, towel, and (optional) boxing gloves
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Before your first class, arrive 10 minutes early for orientation and sign-in. Always arrive 5 minutes early to class.
Strength & Health Gym Bakersfield is the oldest fitness facility in Kern County, so it's fitting that the gym sticks to an old-fashioned, no-frills philosophy. Everything here is about the end goals of losing weight and building muscle, from the punching bags to the free weights. There's also an impressive collection of cardio equipment, including treadmills trained to never throw runners off their back.
The trained instructors at Next Step Crossfit put their certifications, experience, and passion for fitness to use in a series of motivating classes. Nixing the boredom of treadmills, instructors specialize in leading high-energy workouts, such as cardio kickboxing, bootcamp, and Crossfit, at their huge warehouse facility.
McDermont Field House wears a lot of hats. It's a fitness center that houses more than 50 cardio machines. It's an indoor soccer field that hosts open play and league games.
Elsewhere, its Eagle Mountain rock-climbing wall challenges visitors to scale more than 50 feet. But it's not a traditional wall. Instead of colorful foot and handholds, the indoor wall looks much like a real mountainside: the grey, cragged peak is unmarked, and climbers must figure out their own ways to the top. The field house also brings the ocean to the San Joaquin Valley with a FlowRider wave simulator that buoys surfers and body boarders.
The instructors at Ultimate Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Fresno must pass through an entire college of martial arts training to be approved to teach. For every year as a full-time instructor, they also complete 40 hours of additional training—a process that helps them stay up-to-date with the latest self-defense and nutrition research. All of this training makes them the perfect candidates to guide children as young as 4 and adults as old as 64 through the center's intensive, progressive martial-arts programs. Classes cover physical and mental conditioning in styles such as children's karate, or muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and mixed martial arts for teens, adults, and ninja turtles.
The American Kickboxing Academy, a mixed-martial-arts fitness center, sculpts the torsos and minds of everyone from tykes to elders with a potpourri of disciplines. Choose from a variety of classes that run 60–90 minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening, six days a week. Break out striking knees and elbows with muay thai kickboxing classes or try Brazilian jiu jitsu to vanquish opponents of any stature, from Bilbo Baggins to Andre the Giant, with a series of quick and effective strikes and maneuvers.