My Gym was developed nearly 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, hone new skills, and socially romp off a sugar buzz. The Bakersfield location boasts classes for all developmental degrees from Tiny Tykes to Cardio Kids. Classes are organized according to age level and start as young as three months. View a complete schedule of classes here.
All programs at Pinnacle Performance Institute spring from its foundational Youth Speed & Strength class, where middle-school-aged participants learn how to train for sports long-term, seeking to master correct training styles and avoid injuries later in life. High-school and college student-athletes build individual blueprints of their needs and goals in Athlete P.A.S.S., which not only measures their strength, flexibility, and biometrics, but also school performance. And AthleteFit classes grew out of a desire to also help adults, who can no longer get fit while playing tag, swinging on monkey bars, or lining up to go to recess. Tailored workouts target more mature bodies, mixing lifting, speed, agility, and other types of training to burn calories and tone muscles.
Deb McCormack wears her fitness inspirations on her sleeve in the fusion classes she teaches at Mind-Body Exercise. Though her routines revolve mostly around Pilates and yoga, she pulls moves from a slew of unconventional styles, such as qi gong, tai chi, belly dancing, functional fitness, and capoeira. No matter the class, she aims to help her students feel mentally centered and focused while building stronger physiques so that they can experience how a bodybuilder feels walking a tightrope. She also prepares expectant mothers for childbirth and motherhood through classes that teach meditation, mantras, and methods for relaxation. None of her class styles—which also include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and Zumba—require students to be flexible or, in the case of Zumba, experienced dancers.
Pulling from their years of study and diverse experiences, the instructors at Inner Bodyworks Yoga Studio conduct a variety of yoga classes inspired by Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa styles. Along the hardwood floors of their sunlit yoga studio, they lead students of all athletic abilities through poses and postures designed to build flexibility and strength while calming the mind. The versatile instructors also offer a corporate program, journeying to local businesses to lead employees through rejuvenating and relaxing yoga sessions.
The trained instructors at Next Level Fitness & Crossfit put their certifications, experience, and passion for nutrition to use in a series of motivating classes. Nixing the boredom of treadmills, instructors specialize in leading high-energy workouts, such as Zumba, P90X, and CrossFit, at their huge warehouse facility.
Leo Costa, Jr. has experienced a lot in his three-decades-long fitness career—working with celebrities and being awarded Mr. USA by the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association, to name a few—but his masterpiece is the Automatic Fitness program. Developed over the course of 20 years, the program revolves around three elements: nutrition, weight training, and cardio. By using something he has coined "micro circuit training"—which is essentially a constantly changing batch of exercises—Costa, Jr. can keep muscles engaged and eliminate workout plateaus. Also helping to eliminate workout slumps is the program's frequency: only three 30-minute weight-training and cardio workouts per week.
Members of Evolutions Fitness & Wellness receive access to more than 100 weekly fitness classes, rows of cardio and strength-training equipment, a lap pool, plush locker rooms, childcare services, and a slew of other gym perks. That's not what separates Evolution from other facilities, though. Its distinction as the fitness center for Tulare Regional Medical Center does. And the facility's medically minded take on fitness is evident, from the therapy pool and wellness seminars to fitness assessments and doctor vs. doctor bench-press contests.