"We ain?t no little gym," says Gymnastics Beat's website, and it's telling the truth. The facility spans 12,000 square feet, and has two spring floors, two trampolines, and a 60-foot long tumble track?plus an impressive collection of gymnastics equipment. It's the perfect environment for the gym's team of experienced coaches that includes a champion cheerleader.
These coaches, all certified through USA Gymnastics, background-checked, and certified in First-Aid and CPR, use the ample space to teach gymnastics, power tumbling, cheer, and acrobatics. Perhaps the most unique offering on their schedule, though, is urban gymnastics. During this class, students learn nimble ways to navigate urban surroundings, such as vaulting over railings or running across the shoulders of everyone in front of you at the coffee shop.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
Helmed by a staff of black belts, MMA fighters, wrestlers, and physical-education experts, Smash Gyms helps its clients perfect their fitness routine at two San Jose?area locations. Guests can learn self-defense techniques and combat moves as they sculpt their bodies during jujitsu or kickboxing classes, or take a more conventional approach with kettlebell and boot-camp sessions. Smash Gyms' fitness gurus also offer training classes for children in disciplines such as wrestling and Brazilian jujitsu.
Smash Gyms' list of instructors reads like a classified roster for some kind of elite instructor squad. The kickboxing instructor, Sam "The Ram" Spengler beats people insensate as a professional MMA fighter when he's not teaching junior-high students. Michael Jen, a third-degree black belt, engineered his own method of teaching Brazilian jujitsu after practicing the graceful art for 20 years.
What they share is a love of teaching. Jen draws on his wealth of experience studying under renowned teachers such as Roy Harris and Joe Moreira to impart his wisdom and high kicks to students. "The Ram" leads upbeat, fun kickboxing classes to help pupils reach their fitness goals, such as losing weight or being able to roundhouse kick the tempting ice cream offered to them.
At Modesto Self Defense & Fitness, it's a family affair. Hardworking and energetic, the trainers from the Bucheli-Choate clan motivate their trainees with daily-changing CrossFit workouts that may include overhead squats, pull-ups, and lifting your grandmother over your head. They also help students tone and strengthen their bodies in boot camp, or dispense hard-hitting self-defense martial-arts skills in krav maga.
The personal part of "personal training" at Core Fitness doesn't just refer to the studio's individual and small-group class sizes; it's also a statement about the studio's quality of instruction. Without resorting to cookie-cutter gym methods, its trainers take students through a blend of exercises drawn from Pilates, TRX suspension training, boot camps, and other approaches to fitness. Because Core Fitness keeps class sizes limited, students get the benefit of personalized lessons, and instructors don't have to rely on signal fires to explain each new exercise.