Among Heather Farm Park's rolling hills and expansive grassy terrain, patrons push their bodies through dynamic, one-hour workouts designed to sculpt and strengthen physiques from head to toe. Helping to motivate patrons toward their ideal shapes, East Bay Fitness's owner and head trainer Jena McGuffie boasts certifications in personal training and specialized fitness, along with a degree in alternative medicine. After building a private personal-training business in Florida, Jena swapped coasts to share her passion for health and wellness with Californians of all ages and abilities. Her workouts vary from class to class, incorporating cardiovascular work and strength-training moves such as lifting Webster's Dictionary over and over with just your pinkies.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
In V3 CrossFit's 8,000 square foot gym, coaches commit themselves to each student's success. They start off by teaching students the ins and outs of CrossFit, which is a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity. When exercisers get a strong grasp on the workout regimen, instructors tailor sessions to each individual's physical abilities. To keep muscles on their toes, workouts change daily and may include a surprise combination of weightlifting, rowing, and rope-climbing, which all require functional movements.
With guidance from the gym's team, the CrossFit program can help prepare bodies for any kind of physical activity. That includes strenuous labor, high-impact sports, and daily activities, such as pushing around your pet boulder in a baby stroller. V3 CrossFit's commitment to each student doesn't end with the workout, though. The fitness experts also provide nutritional advice as well as encouragement and motivation every step of the way.
Nestled in among the hills and trees of Fair Oaks, Rollingwood Racquet Club presents families with an opportunity to get involved and get in shape. A mini getaway, close to home, the facility boasts a lineup of year-round fitness activities, including group classes such as Pilates, Zumba, and spin. Its outdoor tennis courts are surrounded by scenic canyon vistas, and its indoor pool is heated for swimming during winter months or when a simmering pot of goulash just won't do. To further bring the community together in the name of health, Rollingwood also hosts monthly luncheons at local restaurants for members to connect and chat.
Kaia Fit's foundational workouts?cleverly dubbed "Briks"?are a little different from the typical gym class. First of all, rather than drop-in classes, they're a six-week commitment. The idea behind that? Having the same set of classmates every week helps build a sense of team spirit and community, much like going through all your workouts as part of a human pyramid. But they share the same mission as all of Kaia's fitness classes: to be unpredictable. The women's fitness center was founded on the simple premise that routine is the enemy of muscle growth and weight loss. Hence their emphasis on workouts that change constantly, preventing fitness plateaus. They also offer five-week core sessions, which focus on maintaining strength and endurance, building upon the Brik program. Beyond these sessions, they also offer suspension training and triathlon training.
The Village Fitness Studio owner Clint Milusnic loves the athletic challenges found in the outdoors. Milusnic, a certified personal trainer and Navy veteran, has headed Saturday outdoor events that have included workouts, hiking, biking, and tubing in nearby outdoor spots such as the Fair Oaks bluffs. Back at the studio, Milusnic leads three levels of boot-camp-style classes and conducts personal and small-group training sessions. Regardless of the class size, Milusnic strives to ensure each exerciser receives individual attention and coaching.