At Los Gatos Health & Fitness, indoor cycling classes burn calories with members pound out laps in an outdoor pool and racquetballs fly through the air. The dynamic fitness center challenges members with circuit training sessions while also offering a more contemplative challenge through qi jong, meditation, and yoga classes. Personal trainers help spearhead fitness plans built around the individual, while an in-house, certified nutritionist helps members meet their weight loss goals through a counseling and appointment-based system.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr’s only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and Pure Barre soon spread its franchises across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, participants can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers get back in shape. Intimate classes with a limit of 15 attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to get the most from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills.
Helmed by Jan Hutchins, the Yoga Center of Los Gatos' crew of experienced instructors electrifies pupils by teaching a flexible schedule of sultry samba lessons and exhilarating yoga classes. In the studio's vibrant interior, aspiring yogis stretch atop provided mats amid bright canary accents. During Flow yoga sessions, students practice focused breath to fluidly link Vinyasa poses as they strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Expectant mothers can assuage aches in supportive Prenatal yoga, which incorporates helpful tips on parenting from spiritually centered storks, and students with limited mobility can aid injury recovery with passive stretches in Yin yoga. Both men and women can swivel hips and shake off stress with captivating choreography during sultry samba dance classes as live percussion swells throughout the studio, wistfully calling out to bygone Morse code messages.
Strumming strings since 1999, Chris Bryant shares his hard-won musical knowledge with students through one-on-one and group guitar lessons. He designs all of his lessons to be hands-on, because he believes that's the best way for students to pick up guitar fundamentals—by actually playing it. He bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, ensuring students learn to play both notes and the transitions between.
Though the word collage may conjure images of elementary-school projects covered in macaroni art, the form has been around for centuries and practiced by renowned artists such as Picasso and Matisse. Twin Soul Art Studio founder Jeanne teaches the techniques of collage to students as young as 7, drawing on her BFA in graphic design and career as a children’s book illustrator. During classes and collage parties, Jeanne guides each student toward creating aesthetic and functional pieces with disparate items such as newspaper clippings, buttons, photos, and pets' obedience-school diplomas.
When he’s not busy hanging out with the cast of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, Master Andrew Fanelli leads a slew of martial-arts programs at All-Pro Tae Kwon Do. He and his team of instructors lead classes in disciplines such as tae kwon do, muay thai, boxing, boot camp, kickboxing, and self-defense. Designed for students aged 3 and older, classes focus on fitness and wellness as well as self-defense, discipline, respect, and courage.