Guiding Fitness’s staff doesn’t believe in quick fixes or fads. Instead, they’re partial to the simple approach of informed exercise and eating. The team of certified personal trainers do their part during private and small-group personal-training sessions, and the team of fitness instructors schedules month-to-month in-studio and online fitness classes.
He’s sculpted the physiques of bodyguards, soldiers, and professional athletes, but at Lincoln Fit1, trainer Herb Tanton works his fitness magic on the everyday exerciser. He leads the KRE cross-training class, a powerful mix of body-weight exercises designed to transform muscles. He and owner Susan Jansson also head up group fitness classes ranging from Superkids karate to Zumba to cycling.
The experienced staff at POWER trains athletes of all ages at three Central Valley locations. Boot camp classes get grown-ups fit with thrice-weekly workouts designed to help them reach fitness goals. Participants bring hand weights to each session, and leave with instructions for at-home workouts for days off. Meanwhile, across padded floors and rows of trampolines, kids and teenagers in cheerleading classes tumble and spring their way to pep-rally mastery. Lead by USASF-certified instructors, each class focuses on team-energizing spirit and nurtures the dedication, commitment, and level of fitness that cheerleading requires. Whether practicing cheers or building human pyramids to astonish archeologists, students learn gymnastics skills that boost both strength and flexibility, readying them for school functions and competitions.
Though co-owner Adam Downing may be able to deadlift 450 pounds and squat 325, his strength is of little use if he can’t pick up his daughter and carry her to bed. He understands strength has practical application, which is why he and co-owner Mark Dingman teach functional fitness for the real world at CrossFit Echelon. Instructors teach students to master the mechanics of each movement before adding speed and intensity, and they adhere to a passionate creed of personal responsibility, consistent effort, and limitless potential. Adam and Mark pride themselves on keeping a clean, well-organized space that accommodates the training needs of first-timers as well as serious athletes. Along with traditional barbells and kettlebells, workouts integrate heavy rope, strongman stones, and giant truck tires pilfered from mutant Micro Machines.
Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard come together at the starting line of The Armed Forces Day – Five-Mile Mud Run. It pays homage to military men and women at almost every turn—it takes place on Armed Force Day, and it is designed to support military charities. Participants will even barrel through boot camp-style obstacles such as mud pits, tunnels, walls, and a push-up station. And while the first wave of the first wave is reserved for military men and women, subsequent waves are open to everyone else, including kids and Swamp Things.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia F.I.T. founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia F.I.T. sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade. The expert coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root the sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness.
Programs range in intensity and length, from six-week BRIK boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. Core Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between BRIK camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would.
Fitness MD, a 21,000-square-foot gym located in a new building, was given a top 5 designation from CityVoter for Best Gyms of 2011. Among the gym's updated equipment is an array of cardio options, and guests are treated to showers and lockers. Fitness MD also offers childcare, youth fitness programs, yoga, Pilates, and personal training for an additional fee.