The fitness coaches at Apollo Boot Camp are dedicated to one thing: helping their clients look and feel great. This means they don’t endorse starvation diets or promote painful and miserable workouts. Instead, instructors devise upbeat boot camps for groups, personalize training programs for individuals, and concoct healthy and fulfilling nutritional plans for everyone. They also cater specific programs to the elderly or to youths who are battling obesity.
PickUp USA takes the infamous pitfalls of pickup basketball—uneven teams, sloppy play, and incessant arguing over fouls and whose mama gives the best hugs—and replaces them with officiated and organized game play without the restrictions of a league. Its members hit the courts in a pristine 17,000-square-foot space, which features a lounge, a stretching area, and courts built by the designers who create them for the NCAA and NBA. Here, California Basketball Officials Association–trained referees officiate one-on-one to five-on-five games every day and night of the year. Though they are unscheduled, the matchups unfold in an organized, staff-guided fashion, a scoreboard keeps track of points, and a constantly running clock keeps games rotating.
At Movement Unlimited Fitness Center, clients craft fitter, healthier bodies with each day’s workout. The gym, which has been in operation since 1979, offers state-of-the-art equipment and preaches more of a one-on-one fitness experience than traditional big box gyms. Personal trainers can fine-tune your cardio and strength-training routines, and help you add weight to your bench press and distance to your hamster throw. Group fitness classes provide the chance to build a stronger body through yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and aerobics classes.
It's hard to tell who has received more praise–Foothill Gym, or its owner, Brian Whelan. Brian, an accomplished executive and avid body builder, has received titles ranging from Mr. Muscle Beach to Most Inspirational Bodybuilder. The gym itself has been named among the area’s best fitness centers for the past six years and proudly displays a mission flag awarded by the 40th Infantry Division of the US Army.
Though both the owner and location continue to earn a bevy of awards, the true focus of Foothill Gym’s instructors is to help guests find their ideal physique. They offer one-on-one guidance during personal-training sessions and oversee more social workouts during weekly Group X fitness classes. Independent exercisers can take to an extensive free-weight and resistance-machine space for sessions that burn calories and develop muscle more efficiently than building a bonfire out of ripped phone books. Onsite tanning facilities, open to members and the public, gild patrons’ newly honed forms.
Classes at Bokwa Fitness strive to be letter-perfect. Set to energetic pop music, the fitness classes don't require students to learn choreography or count steps. Instead, instructors structure dance moves around letters and numbers, which groups pretend to draw with their feet. This allows students of all ages and fitness levels to immediately jump in and move to the music.
A seventh-degree black belt in hapkido. An eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo. A 10th-degree black belt in karate. A masters certification in the martial arts from Seoul National University in South Korea. This laundry list of accomplishments belongs to Grand Master Myung II Kim, a South Korea native who started practicing martial arts at the ripe young age of five. At MIK Martial Arts, he and fellow instructors bring their varied areas of MMA expertise to martial arts classes for children and adults. Classes span a wide variety of martial arts; student might find themselves sparring with opponents in karate, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and even bowstaff combat.