Certified trainer Marty Ozaeta isn’t one to yell in your face, though he might send you a motivational email to pump you up for a forthcoming class. His uplifting attitude permeates Velocity Performance Training Health & Human Performance Center, a supportive environment where athletes of all ages and skill levels come to build a better body. To help clients reach their goals, the center provides a variety of services including personal training, athlete performance programs, yoga classes, rehabilitation, boot camps, and nutritional guidance. In addition, Marty has put together his own 95-page abdominal-workout program, which sculpts the midsection without the use of a single crunch or stonemason.
Greg Molkentin may have found inner peace through yoga and meditation, but that doesn't mean he likes to sit still. As the yogi behind Yoga With Greg, he shares his favorite yogic style - the flowing movements of vinyasa - with students throughout the week. Sometimes, he does this in a classroom, but, twice monthly, he also leads yoga-based hikes into local parks. He and his pupils climb the sandy dunes of Bakers Beach to catch glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge before mimicking the architectural marvel with their bodies. Alternatively, they find watery ocean vistas between the trees in Land's End park, where they let the asana flow like the waves.
And even on these outdoor excursions, a large part of Greg's practice remains focused on meditation. Beyond his 200-hour yoga teacher certification, he also has 15 years of meditation experience with eight years of retreat practice in Kyoto, Japan.
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.
Master Pilates Instructor Meg Sullivan has used Pilates to help heal and train a diverse clientele that includes Navy SEALs, senior citizens, and joint-replacement patients. The former gymnast and Division I lacrosse star provides private, hands-on lessons that help develop long, lean muscles and improve joint functioning. Megan and her team lead sessions in her intimate studio full of Pilates apparatus. The studio is set up for one on one attention for its students so that Pilates-goers may focus on movements without distractions from other classes simultaneously in progress.
The staff members at Diversified Soft Tissue Therapy have several means of relieving bodily aches and improving athletic performance. However, they typically don't prescribe anything until they've performed a postural analysis, which uses high-tech software to help chart the course of each client's treatment. Treatments may include anything from a soothing massage to Pilates classes, which strengthen the core and lengthen muscles. The staff is also there for clients outside of the office: they provide them with custom home-care plans, which include tutorials and access to a personalized video library for all of the information they'll need to maintain results on their own.
Leo Sidorenko and Olga Agafonova started dancing at age six. They were teaching dance by the ages of 14 and 15. After an international competitive dancing career, they have opened their own studio in order to teach others the art of ballroom dancing. They offer a variety of techniques such as tango, swing, salsa, and waltz, and offer classes for students of all levels from casual wedding dances to professional competitors.