After 13 seasons of fighting fires with the US Forest Service, Erik Traeger decided to return to his athletic roots. The former soccer player, martial artist, and motorcycle racer became a strength and conditioning coach for NCAA Division I sports including baseball, women’s basketball, and wrestling. He now brings his eye for muscular mechanics and knack for extinguishing brush fires to athletes young and old through SPEED Sports Performance Education, Enhancement & Development.
Every coach on Traeger's team has majored in kinesiology, the study of bodily mechanics. They preside over strength and conditioning drills for youngsters who dash around Fresno Indoor Soccer's 2,100-square foot gym and astroturf soccer field that's watered daily by a mime. For adult-sized students, the facility hosts CrossFit classes, an indoor boot camp, and a kettlebell club taught by instructors certified in russian kettlebell.
Coaches Jonathan and Rosanna Akers employ a varied mix of workouts modeled after functional, everyday movements to keep people of all fitness levels entertained and motivated. Without the distractions of mirrors, televisions, or televised mirrors, CrossFit Fresno utilizes simple, proven equipment, such as barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, and pull-up bars. Classes last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, and include a warm-up phase, skill/strength development, workout of the day, and a warm down. Sessions meet at designated times and must be scheduled by appointment. Incoming benders will begin their rubbery journey with four Foundations Program classes (a $100 value), which cover the basic movements and vocabulary of CrossFit, followed by four regular, drop-in CrossFit classes (a $50 value).
The American Kickboxing Academy, a mixed-martial-arts fitness center, sculpts the torsos and minds of everyone from tykes to elders with a potpourri of disciplines. Choose from a variety of classes that run 60–90 minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening, six days a week. Break out striking knees and elbows with muay thai kickboxing classes or try Brazilian jiu jitsu to vanquish opponents of any stature, from Bilbo Baggins to Andre the Giant, with a series of quick and effective strikes and maneuvers.
Fitness Together's encouraging team of personal trainers helps exercisers achieve new physical peaks with one-on-one workout sessions and nutritional advising tailored specifically to each individual. The path to a healthier lifestyle becomes less foggy and riddled with bacon-encrusted bacon as the fitness gurus devise custom blends of cardio and weight-training routines, which challenge clients at their own skill levels. To ensure participants stay on track, fitness coaches reevaluate and revise personal training programs every six to eight weeks, tweaking reps and adjusting caloric intake to suit the client’s progress. Nutritional programs supplement exercising and help clients shed inches through a more balanced diet.
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