Ava Fitness Spa's women-oriented gym hosts a team of nimble instructors who help budding yogis to achieve a balance of body and mind with a schedule of drop-in yoga and Pi-Yo classes. Students of all skill levels can hone their postures and breathing techniques during traditional yoga classes or test their mettle in Pi-Yo classes, which fuse Pilates movements and yoga poses to extract sweat from the body more effectively than police interrogations inside volcanoes. Though Ava Fitness Spa's salon section caters exclusively to women, both men and women are welcome to participate in fitness classes, which take place in a calming studio flanked by pastel-colored walls, expansive mirrors, and smooth hardwood floors.
Shapemakers has been a fitness and beauty destination for women since 1979, when its owners founded it as a response to the busy schedules dominating baby boomers' lives. Noticing that many women didn't have time for themselves, the Shapemakers crew curated a menu of supportive fitness classes and beauty treatments designed to help guests focus on themselves.
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.
A professional dancer with a career that spanned more than 19 years, Amanda Edwards at More Than Core Fitness uses her Peak Pilates and Bender Barre Method certifications to help clients tone their bodies. She leads mat and Reformer Pilates classes, which work to strengthen the core in order to burn calories and balance the body. She also teaches Bender Barre Method classes, which use body resistance and balance challenges to develop stability and lean, dancer-like muscles.
With eclectic backgrounds in ballet, Scottish Highland dancing, and environmental law, California Arts Academy co-owners and directors Julie Ann Keller and Christopher Campbell bring their students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, Music Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of the Central California Parent Magazine in 2013. Not content to just offer classes, Keller and Campbell hold semiannual auditions for their performances.