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.
Fitness guru Kristen Horler developed Baby Boot Camp after she gave birth to her first child and realized the lack of appropriate prenatal and postnatal training programs currently available. The stroller-based fitness classes are designed to help moms get fit in a supportive and empathetic environment, combining strength-training exercises, cardiovascular drills, Pilates, yoga, and ab work. Eliminating the need for a babysitter and facilitating familial bonding, students are encouraged to bring along their new bundle and even use the stroller as a resistance tool. To ensure your utmost safety, all instructors are highly trained and certified, and the boot camp's structure abides by the guidelines of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Council on Exercise.
Pilates Suite founder and owner Jenny Paxson strongly identifies with Joseph Pilates. Not only does she teach and train according to the exercise method he devised, but they also both emigrated from Germany to the United States. Inside her cozy Los Gatos studio, Paxson passes on her love of the Pilates method with a series of equipment that helps strengthen her pupils’ cores. All her sessions are for one or two pupils, allowing her to focus closely on each person’s proper breathing, alignment, and balance.
Whether meant to scale mountains or drift down street shoulders, the mounts and cycling gear at Summit Bicycles ease any odyssey atop two wheels. The extensive selection ranges from Trek bikes for road and mountain to hybrid and commuter bikes that trump getting to work by hiding overnight in a coworker's trunk. Well aware of the importance of finding the ideal frame, the store lends out high-end bikes for test runs via its demo program, allowing riders to get a feel for the saddle's political bent before taking it home to meet their parents. For current owners, Summit's technicians repair and tune up already-owned bikes and help browsers find accessories such as tire-patching kits, electronic heart-rate monitors, and apparel from Bontrager and Pearl Izumi.
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.
Each of the four doctors at Los Gatos Dental Center—Drs. Moneim, Springbett, Amer, and Adams—has more than 20 years of dentistry experience, with more than half of that time dedicated to straightening smiles with Invisalign orthodontic treatments. Being the only Invisalign Elite Provider in Los Gatos, Dr. Moneim–an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF–has treated more than 500 Invisalign cases within the two offices surrounded by verdant trees. The dentists can customize each remedy to the patient’s specific needs, whether faced with an occluded overbite or a set of out-of-tune cartoon piano keys. In addition, Los Gatos specializes in a wide array of dental procedures, from periodontal exams to the smile-makeover services of cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers, whitening, or hanging a crystal chandelier from the uvula.
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