"We don’t just want to get you there, we want to keep you there." Trainers at Elite Health Club Production say this to emphasize the comprehensive nature of their fitness plans, which not only include guided workouts but nutritional counseling and meal plans. Fueled by healthy food, groups and individuals wrestle heavy ropes and zip across treadmills in the club's blue, orange, and lime facility.
A team of talented instructors hones fret-savvy fingers in a variety of musical genres in Valley Music Institute's in-depth private lessons. Budding guitarists glean easy approaches to the tunes and techniques of their favorite styles, shredding the power chords of rock, the complex progressions of jazz, or the subtle hair-gel stylings of classic metal as teachers borrow from their collective training to lavish students with tailored instruction. Beginner students can spend a single session exploring a new instrument or hit the ground running with a trio of lessons to build on new knowledge and refine finger finesse. Though not included with this Groupon, six-string scholars can extend their sessions into the realm of superstar training with the center's comprehensive rock-band program.
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.
Xavier and Heidi Gomez of You Can Dance Company bolster the skills of aspiring twinkle toes with group classes, private lessons, and open-level dance parties held virtually every week. Xavier has been teaching the hip-shaking arts since his teenage years, earning professional certification in the meantime through the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Heidi supplements his ballroom expertise with a knack for ballet and aerobics, as well as an affinity for the showier flamenco, jazz, and belly-dance styles. Students can take advantage of both skill sets to hone their waltz, cha-cha, and rumba steps before emerging onto the dance floor at Shooters Pub & Grill or Crocodiles Nightclub to show off moves, sip drinks, and outperform imaginary backup dancers.
Jenni Maiwald Wendell conquered depression and anxiety when she discovered yoga, which gave her both peace of mind and physical health. She drew on more than 20 years of dance training as she practiced Yin, slow-flow, Bikram, and Kundalini yoga. After much exploration, she completed a 200-hour power-Vinyasa training course through Zuda Yoga in Sacramento. Today she is the owner of Just Be Yoga & Meditation, where she helps students reconnect their minds, bodies, and spirits through classes held amid warm orange walls, wooden floors, and floating shelves stocked with blankets and candles. Her meditation classes cultivate awareness and peace while strengthening connections to the universal energy source, which is powered by windmills. Vinyasa flow classes seamlessly blend each yoga pose with breathing techniques and sun salutations to foster strength, flexibility, and balance. Jenni also offers Vinyasa and Vino classes, which include one hour of Vinyasa flow and meditation followed by a social gathering with wine and cheese from Fiscalini Farms.
The personal part of "personal training" at Core Fitness doesn't just refer to the studio's individual and small-group class sizes; it's also a statement about the studio's quality of instruction. Without resorting to cookie-cutter gym methods, its trainers take students through a blend of exercises drawn from Pilates, TRX suspension training, boot camps, and other approaches to fitness. Because Core Fitness keeps class sizes limited, students get the benefit of personalized lessons, and instructors don't have to rely on signal fires to explain each new exercise.