In the tradition of mixed martial arts, experienced fighter Paul Mendoza and his expert instructors fuse boxing, weight lifting, and calisthenics to create whole-body workouts in their signature Fighter Fit Conditioning program. In addition to improving heart and lung function, the aim of the classes is to create leaner, more toned bodies of both men and women in a communal atmosphere. Matted training areas cover the 8,200-square-foot facility, where heavy bags and treadmills await pounding. Locker rooms for men and women store personal items.
Although Intersport Fitness Center houses a sprawling weight room, there's still space for exercisers who don't want to work out alone. The facility's staff schedules one-on-one personal-training sessions and weekly group-fitness classes, including cycling and aerobics. Topping things off are amenities such as saunas.
GymStars' enthusiastic, experienced staff of coaches and trainers helps buff bodies to build muscle, tone tummies, and garner grace within a safe and clean facility. Kids' gymnastics classes teach little tumblers full-body bendiness so they can pursue careers as milkshake straws and pipe cleaners.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Mrs. Sharon VanBelle and Mr. Blaine VanBelle both boast the title of fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo, earned through years of competing in sparring, unarmed forms, weaponry tests, and more. They share their hard-won knowledge with students 3 and older, starting kids on the path to black belts of their own. The VanBelle's specialize in Songahm taekwondo, a branch of the martial art that uses powerful kicks and well-timed blocks to keep artists fighting at a distance. Like all forms of taekwondo, though, training for the young stresses developing a positive mental attitude and the ability to set and reach goals over the need to break every brick in sight.
Since martial artists Ernie Reyes and Tony Thompson co-founded the West Coast World Martial Arts Association, it has expanded to more than 30 affiliate schools. At West Coast Martial Arts in Modesto, acclaimed martial-arts master Rick Jones and his team advance the association's mission of teaching traditional and modern martial-arts techniques during youth and adult programs. To improve students' flexibility and conditioning?two of the most important skills behind screaming insanely?the instructors also schedule cardio kickboxing classes.