Even before he was a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Erik Traeger was exploring every fitness avenue he could. He played soccer, wrestled, raced motorcycles, and fought fires as part of a U.S. Forest Service hand crew for 13 seasons. Once he discovered a knack for coaching, he spent nine years training Division I college athletes, and another four taking on youth and adult clients. As owner and head instructor at Fresno Indoor Boot Camp, he funnels all his exercise know-how into classes for every age, gender, and ability level.
Though Erik's resumé is formidable, his camp stresses acceptance over intimidation. Instructors motivate students to move at their own pace through agility ladders, calisthenics, and tire flips, all of which inhabit an indoor facility to eliminate mix-ups between beehives and medicine balls. Because each trainer is a kinesiology major, they have mastered modifications that can scale boot-camp drills to suit any participant, from sports stars to 70 year olds.
After being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 6, Kettlebells of Fresno's Dina Juve spent more than 15 years in a sedentary lifestyle. At 21, she decided to take charge of her health and began to educate herself on the principles of a healthy lifestyle. Today, this mother of three, certified Russian-kettlebell instructor, and personal trainer stays in shape using the same exercises that she teaches in her fitness classes and private group training sessions. Her kettlebell workouts have even been featured on the KSEE 24 News.
During training sessions, Dina uses weighted cast-iron kettlebells and the TRX suspension-training system to help clients of all fitness levels increase strength, endurance, and muscle tone throughout their entire bodies. Using the knowledge she gained to turn her life around, Dine also helps her clients reach their fitness goals with nutritional guidance, giving them the know-how to steer clear of tempting chocolate-covered barbells.
When it comes to fitness, one size does not fit all. The human body is a complex organism, and people tend to respond differently to the same workout. Personalized Fitness was founded to offer clients workouts that specifically cater to their fitness needs, as determined by factors such as age, body type, and ability. The company's group interval-training classes mix it up with varied workouts that keep muscles guessing, while personal-training sessions match exercises to specific fitness goals.
The licensed physical therapists at McGuire Physical Therapy are passionate about leading their clients down a healthy path in life. They offer massage and manual therapy, along with sports-injury prevention and rehabilitation and post-surgery therapy. Sports-centric clients can come and be tested for physical health risks before a sports season starts. The center also offers speed training, low-level lasers, and exercise therapies designed to help speed the healing process.
A professional dancer with a career that spanned more than 19 years, Amanda Edwards at More Than Core Fitness uses her Peak Pilates and Bender Barre Method certifications to help clients tone their bodies. She leads mat and Reformer Pilates classes, which work to strengthen the core in order to burn calories and balance the body. She also teaches Bender Barre Method classes, which use body resistance and balance challenges to develop stability and lean, dancer-like muscles.
When she’s not serving as an assistant and pitching coach at nearby Fresno City College, Ashley Burns trains budding softball players. Specializing in fastpitch softball, Ashley focuses on the sport’s fundamental skills during individualized, one-on-one lessons. Said skills include everything from hitting homers and pitching curveballs to fielding essentials, such as catching pop-ups while watering the infield.