One of the major hurtles to starting an exercise program is the fear of falling behind in a fitness class that's over your head. That's why The Fitness Station's personal-training sessions take a four-stage approach that ensures bodies can adapt and build endurance before attempting skills that require strength and power. Their group classes are just as accommodating?supportive instructors foster a welcoming environment in small-group training, yoga, and Zumba sessions designed to burn calories and melt fat while building functional strength.
At JayVee Dance Center, children learn more than the techniques to impress audiences. As they master ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop moves, they also gain life-long values, such as self-esteem, discipline, and a sense of responsibility. The youth classes?catering to kids as young as age 2?include the staple sessions, but also branch out into unexpected disciplines such as Tahitian hula and break dance, which boldly breaks all the rules of the Hokey Pokey. The adult schedule is just as diverse, covering fitness-oriented areas such as Zumba, pole fitness, and [Streetease], which is a saucy combination of pole fitness, burlesque, and hip-hop.
Trainers Brandon Williams and Robert De Leon get clients in shape with personalized, one-of-a-kind fitness and nutrition plans. They lead both semi-private sessions with two to three trainees and private sessions where there's only one trainee and pep talks are whispered in code. The duo also offers sports-specific training. Brandon says he "has been personally training athletes and their parents" for nearly a decade; when he's not at San Marino Athletic Club, he's serving as a strength and conditioning coach for the San Marino High School basketball team.
In 1999, Matthew Castaneda began developing exercise programs for his friends and family. As his reputation grew, so did his clientele base, which quickly expanded to include business professionals, athletes, and stay-at-home moms. More than a decade later, and with countless hours spent perfecting his craft, Matthew opened the doors to Pasadena Muscle Company in his hometown. There, he does what he's always done: engineer customized workout programs for people interested in building mass, losing weight, or gaining strength. In addition to one-on-one training, Matthew also offers boot-camp-style workouts conducted in small groups.