At Curves, exercisers move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. During your first visit, an experienced trainer can appraise fitness skills and help set attainable goals through a personal-training assessment, fitness assessment, and adrenaline-pumping Rorschach test that will highlight an ideal slim-down strategy. During each workout, guests spend 30 minutes moving around a circuit that positions machines inward so that calorie torchers have a chance to laugh with their fellow fitness frontierswomen. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each client's body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches their abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Since traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine at Curves uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
As she twinkle-toed her way across stages in countries from France to Brazil to Japan, internationally lauded dance teacher and choreographer Joy Smith's moves have enraptured audiences in music videos, TV shows, and music tours. At her studio, Santa Cruz Dance Company, she strives to impart a similar passion for dance in students of all ages and abilities. She fosters an encouraging environment in which they can learn the steps and lay the foundations for a lifetime of fitness. Along with a team of instructors, she teaches budding performers the fundamental techniques of ballet, contemporary jazz, acrobatics, and musical theater. The instructors incorporate these techniques into choreographed dance pieces and help students learn to express themselves through the movements—a skill they can use to show their feelings about their favorite roller coaster being put to sleep.
She also calls on her years of dance experience to help whip adults into shape during Zumba classes, an effort which has earned her Good Times' award for Best Aerobic Instructor. As a master trainer, she fires up fitness dance parties with her easy-to-follow blend of aerobics and Latin dance. She takes her training a step further by certifying and licensing Zumba trainers throughout Northern California as a Zumba Education Specialist.
At FIT4MOM Santa Cruz, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Filled with vibrant colors, hand-painted murals, and Eastern sculptures, the Pleasure Point Yoga studio exemplifies the way the space is often thought of by its staff, which is "your local, everyday retreat." Instructors encourage guests to use yoga and breath as a way to connect with themselves, their neighborhoods, and the global yoga community. As they lead classes held every day of the week, instructors guide practitioners of all levels through Vinyasa Flow classes and workshops that are offered monthly. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mats or shag carpets, but can also borrow mats from the studio when necessary. Helpful props intended to take poses to different levels are also available, such as straps, blocks, and supportive blankets.
Sand N Sea Fitness offers personal training and online fitness training. Group fitness classes include: Boot Camp, Core Blast!, Baby Boomer Fitness and Abs, Butt, Thighs. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, certified personal trainer, Jennifer Adams, is passionate about helping people achieve their goals.
Rocky Snyder founded his self-named fitness studio 15 years ago to coalesce fitness training with chiropractic practice, massage therapy, and physical therapy. Group training sessions corral 3–12 clients six days per week in classes whose daily-changing roulette of moves blasts through typical workout plateaus with the gusto of a military tank taking out an enemy moon bounce. Sessions are small enough for instructors to ensure the proper execution of exercises and give each client some individual attention. Amid the gym's green and yellow color-blocked confines, exercisers take part in Rocky's scientifically savvy program, which is designed to ignite metabolism and bulk muscular strength like a reverse sea monkey that grows inside a lit fireplace.
Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio's instructors seek to share their passion with the community, creating a welcoming atmosphere for students of virtually any skill level or yogic persuasion. The classes encompass a range of styles, although flowing Vinyasa and Hatha sessions appear prominently throughout. The more advanced sections of these energetic practices encourage students to push themselves physically while still keeping a mindful awareness of their breathing and posture throughout.
Beyond the yoga mat, the instructors also keep themselves busy by hosting art classes for students' children and caring for their onsite garden, which grows organic produce and spare chakras.