Next Step Fitness' two-trainer team understands that staying healthy does more than just help you look good. Wendy Soto, Next Step founder and lifelong athlete, knows that keeping strong through nutrition and exercise keeps her in shape for her favorite activities. CrossFit Level 1 trainer and police officer Veronica Sandoval works to build her strength, flexibility, and endurance to ensure she can tackle any situation her job throws her way. With that in mind, the duo lead exercise programs that help members slim down and stay active. Members are given 24-hour access to the gym, allowing them to drop in whenever, rather than interrupting the block of time they usually spend winding all the clocks in their houses.
Deb McCormack wears her fitness inspirations on her sleeve in the fusion classes she teaches at Mind-Body Exercise. Though her routines revolve mostly around Pilates and yoga, she pulls moves from a slew of unconventional styles, such as qi gong, tai chi, belly dancing, functional fitness, and capoeira. No matter the class, she aims to help her students feel mentally centered and focused while building stronger physiques so that they can experience how a bodybuilder feels walking a tightrope. None of her class styles?which also include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and Zumba?require students to be flexible or, in the case of Zumba, experienced dancers.
Paula Brown has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1999, ever since she discovered that yoga went beyond mere exercise. As a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, she draws on techniques developed 2,500 years ago in India. Each posture cultivates flexibility and strength while calming the mind and fostering health. Paula's style is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, a yoga master who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Iyengar's method is unique in that he emphasizes proper alignment, timing, and sequencing while moving between postures.
All of Paula's 14 instructors offer daily classes and private sessions inside the more than 9,000-square-foot Yoga Space studio, built in an old bank and furnished with eco-friendly paint, all-natural air, and an abundance of light. In addition to three yoga rooms, the studio includes a healing center that offers massages and more, an outside patio, and a tea bar. When students finish their classes, they can browse through the studio's store, which is stocked with yoga mats and clothes made with organic cotton and recycled karma.
All programs at Pinnacle Performance Institute spring from its foundational Youth Speed & Strength class, where middle-school-aged participants learn how to train for sports long-term, seeking to master correct training styles and avoid injuries later in life. High-school and college student-athletes build individual blueprints of their needs and goals in Athlete P.A.S.S., which not only measures their strength, flexibility, and biometrics, but also school performance. And AthleteFit classes grew out of a desire to also help adults, who can no longer get fit while playing tag, swinging on monkey bars, or lining up to go to recess. Tailored workouts target more mature bodies, mixing lifting, speed, agility, and other types of training to burn calories and tone muscles.
BakersFIT?s trainers have been whipping bodies into shape for nearly a decade. They work with clients one-on-one or guide groups through workouts during indoor boot-camp classes. The regimen is simple, but effective. Each workout begins with a 10-minute warm-up that includes stretching and calisthenics before moving into 30 minutes of full-body circuit training. And because the trainers recognize how much of a role diet plays with your health, they offer online nutritional counseling with seminars and meal plans high in protein and cinnamon. Even kids can break a sweat during special youth boot-camp sessions that focus on conditioning, agility, speed, and strength. On weekdays, VIP members can work out while their kids play at the on-site daycare.