Since his first run-in with Brazilian jujitsu at age 7, Claudio França has been busy. Now a fifth-degree black belt, he's spent more than 30 years mentoring MMA competitors, winning multiple championships, and hosting the annual U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Santa Cruz. He also teaches classes at three eponymous dojos with the help of fellow black belts. Training sessions teach groups how to execute BJJ's signature ground-fighting techniques and instill in individuals the keys to becoming a part of the martial-arts community.
Claudio's classes mix advanced students with total beginners, enabling the new arrivals to learn from more than one person, while regulars hone their coaching chops. The environment is family friendly, as well: there are programs for kids as young as 4, youth classes, and both women-only and co-ed adult lessons.
At Minorsan Self-Defense & Fitness, the team of instructors share their wealth of knowledge to equip students with real-world self-defense skills, but their classes also focus on fitness. They also branch out into dance-based Zumba, kickboxing, and BodyPump––a class that mingles weightlifting with upbeat music. Kids are welcome, too, with martial arts programs that instill them with leadership skills.
While a majority of your month will be spent toning and groaning in class, your 60-minute massage offers a tangential escape into tranquility. Combining elements of traditional Swedish and sport techniques, this full hour massage is designed to leave your many muscular regions relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on whatever yoga pose, weighted lift, or air guitar rift that may await. Club One Fitness hosts over 500 classes weekly, which may include spinning, rowing, Aqua Fit, BalleCore, Pilates, martial arts, dance, and 12 different types of yoga. Beyond organized gatherings, each fitness center provides various amenities including saunas, steam rooms, sun decks, as well as state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.
Helping guests feel comfortable is Body Zone Health & Fitness Club's main concern. The center has a variety of checks in place to make sure that new customers are given the guidance they need to get the most out of the gym. To help them, personal trainers are paired with newcomers during their first month of membership, working together to figure out what each guest's body needs. Once oriented, guests can work out on their own or in a group, choosing from a lengthy list of group fitness classes that range from total body conditioning, salsa, fit after 50, and stress-reduction yoga classes. To make sure that current members are also taken care of, Body Zone offers a variety of amenities such as childcare, massage, and nutrition.
Like a belief in the Tooth Fairy, Scott Rempfer's belief in the power of martial arts and fitness started when he was a kid. However, instead of fading, his belief strengthened with each youth and adult class he completed. Today, 20 years and one 4th degree Black Belt later, he continues teaching fitness classes, personal training, therapeutic corrective exercise, Karate, Tai Chi and Kickboxing at Med-X Health & Fitness Center. But it's not all kicks, punches, and hair-biting. He and his staff also offer sports and fitness training classes along with summer sports camps for kids. MED-X Health & Fitness also offers Yoga, Pilates, Cross-Training and Massage Therapy for adults.
Sheila Lebendenko spent 10 years twirling across dance floors around the country. During her decade-long career, she was a USABDA national finalist and a member of PB&G's High Maintenance dance team. She now channels her dancing talents as a certified Zumba instructor, choreographing easy-to-follow Latin dance routines set to international music, as well as her favorite hip-hop tunes, musical numbers, and high-energy Gregorian chants. During the fun, fitness-oriented sessions, she correlates pre-arranged dance moves to each tune's chorus and verses. This integration of song-specific moves is designed to help students of all abilities pump up their musicality and retain combinations. In all of her classes, she incorporates a slow warm-up and a stretch-filled cool-down to stave off injuries.