At Nor Cal Fitness, NASM-certified personal trainer Todd Kosiewicz helps people get in shape by adhering to his academy's Optimum Performance Training model. The model, which preaches circuit training and controlled instability, helps exercisers avoid the types of workout plateaus that almost led to Arnold Schwarzenegger's being cast as the lead actor in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Kosiewicz employs the techniques during group- and personal-training sessions, the latter of which can take place at exercisers' homes.
Trainers Lisa and Jennifer undergo continuing education to keep up with workout trends and pull from a backlog of fitness knowledge to helm Fit House. The gym's class offerings include power Vinyasa yoga, a style of the meditative sport that coalesces flowing poses and deep, rhythmic breathing performed in a studio warmed to 87 degrees. As stretchers follow the stream of stances, bodies bolster strength, boost endurance and flexibility, and chase away tension pent up during attempts to explain trespassing statutes to Goldilocks. Each session on the studio's six-day-a-week schedule requires students to don nonconstricting clothing and provide their own yoga mats and towels.
Knockoutz Fitness Center ushers exercisers of all backgrounds through its doors, supporting workout newbies, athletes, seniors, and bodybuilders alike with a slew of advanced equipment and a genial atmosphere. Hydraulic and free-motion machines flow alongside free weights in muscle-boosting reps, and a catalogue of cardio gear accommodates pedals, steps, and sprints.
For motivation through fellowship, workout classes in MMA/boxing and full-body boot-camp drills gather participants from a range of age groups. An onsite Max Muscle pro shop rations out supplements, and the gym's certified nutrition coach can dispense dietary tips for differentiating between good, bad, and ugly cholesterol.
The founders of Your Body Works chose the gym's location in Solano County after reading a startling statistic: in 2009, this county had California's highest percentage of residents with diabetes. So Your Body Works is outfitted with everything that locals need to get in shape: ellipticals, cross-trainers, treadmills, free weights, and strength-training machines. They also lead group fitness classes with focuses such as spin and body sculpting; the schedule also includes CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional cross-training workout program for exercisers of all experience levels.
FitNow's team of professional personal trainers help clients break past personal health and fitness goals and get into the best shape of their lives. Students sweat, lift, and tone in personal training sessions, replete with resistance bands, kettlebells, and plyometric exercises, or enroll in specialty programs such as short 40-minute sessions for busy moms, or a 21-day boot camp that can provide a full-body transformation.
Equipment: LifeFitness treadmills, ellipticals, exercise cycles, and stair climbers
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You can exercise any time using your own security-access key.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.