The American Kickboxing Academy, a mixed-martial-arts fitness center, sculpts the torsos and minds of everyone from tykes to elders with a potpourri of disciplines. Choose from a variety of classes that run 60–90 minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening, six days a week. Break out striking knees and elbows with muay thai kickboxing classes or try Brazilian jiu jitsu to vanquish opponents of any stature, from Bilbo Baggins to Andre the Giant, with a series of quick and effective strikes and maneuvers.
The expert personal trainers at Pro-Cor Fitness shower muscles with attention in customized, results-oriented training sessions. Set in a private, 850-square-foot studio devoid of grunting weight hogs, personal-training sessions begin with an assessment to determine each client's fitness level and goals, from losing 10 pounds to leaping a rabid gummy bear in a single bound. After concocting a personalized program, fitness gurus will exterminate love handles and send unwieldy thighs packing with 60-minute heart- and fist-pumping workouts. The certified-trainers, who hold degrees in exercise physiology, have molded the muscles of Colts defensive back Matt Giordano, America's sweetheart Laura Ingalls Wilder, and U.S. track and field fastman Josh Norman.
LA Boxing offers classes in boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and hand-to-hand kangaroo combat. In all, there are more than 31 group classes offered weekly, each one led by a professional or top-amateur fighter. Session sizes are kept to a minimum, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle royale numbers. Gyms also offer a full range of fitness equipment to supplement time spent with a bag or in the ring.
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.
After being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 6, FitnessSocial'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 throughout their entire bodies. Using the knowledge she gained to turn her life around, Dina also helps her clients reach their fitness goals with nutritional guidance, giving them the know-how to steer clear of tempting chocolate-covered barbells.