Sultry red hanging lights decorate Ms. Tryss Boutique's ceiling, spotlighting the racks of sensual cocktail dresses and lingerie that stand alongside cubed shelves of glittering high heels. Past the rows of flirty merchandise, a curtained threshold leads to a private, 1,000-square-foot dance studio equipped with 12 spinning and stationary poles. Here, instructors helm advanced and intermediate pole-dancing fitness classes designed to tone muscles, burn fat, and boost confidence. The shop also rents out this studio space for private parties, where up to 50 guests can don heels and their most sensual porkpie hats for evenings of pole-dancing instruction and open practice.
Hefty cast-iron kettlebells work on more than just muscle tone, according to Iron Republic’s double-certified trainers. Kettlebells actually help improve the range of movement, even in the injured or aging. That’s thanks to the Primal Move, an exercise devised specifically for those experiencing pain linked to movement. The workout’s philosophy views the entire body as a single unit and focuses on teaching pupils how to move it as such. During private, semiprivate, or team-training kettlebell classes, students master the Primal Move basics while they eradicate fat and regain flexibility.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
The towering trees that line the outer perimeter of Monterey Bay Racquet Club block out many of the outside world’s distractions, leaving tennis players to fill the air with the thumps of fuzzy balls and the grunts of cross-court strokes. The club’s six outdoor courts open their gates to players of all ages and skill levels, who can practice their craft in unsupervised pairs or team up with experienced instructors for tennis lessons that adhere to club manager and USPTA Master Professional Hans Römer's three pillars of learning: communication, commitment, and creativity. Beyond the standard amenities, the club also furnishes complimentary towels, newspapers, and hot coffee for guests to throw at mistaken line umpires. An onsite pro shop ensures top performance on the courts with racquet-stringing services and professional Head and Penn products.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
Although Monterey Dance Studio is staffed by internationally competing ballroom dancers and a National Dance Council judge, it doesn’t cater exclusively to professionals. Rather, the instructors employ their collective wisdom to share the art of ballroom dance with students seeking to enter competition and participants simply looking for a sociable way to stay fit, have fun, and hold hands in public. Couples seeking training and choreography tips for their first wedding dance can also benefit from the studio’s private instruction.