Log-cabin rafters hang high over the fitness area at Star Pilates, providing a calm, rustic view for clients looking up from their yoga mats or Pilates machines. A collection of cardio equipment such as spin bikes, elliptical machines, and treadmills also populates the floor, which guests can access at any time via electronic key card. During personal training sessions and classes in Pilates or TRX, the gym’s on-site experts help guests immolate unwanted calories and rid mind of distractions through their workouts’ focused motions. They also host a variety of specialized classes that range from Pilates for seniors to power Pilates for athletes and superheroes who’ve taken the winter off.
Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio's founder, Terra Khemiri, had to face one of her worst fears as a parent: her son developed a medical condition. When he was 6, his doctors discovered that his bone growth was a year and a half behind the normal rate, and they couldn’t explain it. That’s when Terra decided to take matters into her own hands, and she began studying the content of the foods he was eating. She found an alarming number of additives in the form of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. When Terra eliminated these additives along with processed sugar and milk products from her son’s diet, his condition is said to have quickly disappeared.
In addition to her nutritional knowledge, her background in rehabilitative massage, homeopathy, and Pilates led her to teach others how to take control of their own wellness at her studio, Shape Shifters. She has developed a program that combines Pilates, nutrition counseling, and therapeutic massage, designed for clients ranging from teen athletes to seniors. She helps rehabilitate those recovering from surgery, and she accommodates expectant mothers by addressing hormonal shifts and giving them the strength to pry their tyke from the vicious stork’s clutches.
Certified personal trainers Anna Gunn and Jennie Votel channel their professional experience into shepherding women of all fitness levels toward healthier lifestyles and higher confidence levels during intense and varied boot-camp classes. Keeping their outdoor sessions fun and diverse, the passionate duo may have students scale public stairs as part of an obstacle course, practice yoga alongside a serene pond, perform pushups against a park bench, or take an early-morning jog through tree-shrouded paths.
Absolute Center's smorgasbord of fitness classes spans fields from Pilates to TRX and yoga, with all instructors bolstering their teacher certification with ongoing in-house training. The expansive studio is flush with the equipment necessary to help students accomplish physical and mental fitness, with CoreAlign posture-improving equipment sidekicked by Pilates reformers and roaming herds of yoga mats. In addition to a thorough screening to capture educational experience and personality, each Absolute Center trainer graduates from custom-tailored lessons on practical exercise, human anatomy, and cursive writing.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.