Master trainer Grace De La Rue understands the difficulty of losing weight. Even as a proficient martial artist with a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do and several championship titles, she still carried around a bit of extra weight. It wasn’t until she studied nutrition—and eventually garnered an APEX nutrition certification—that she was able to drop the pounds and understand the ins and outs of weight loss. Today, Grace puts her expertise to use in developing Fatfighter Fitness’s boot-camp programs, through which she and certified personal trainer Erick LeVell guide her clients. In addition to challenging workouts at Fatfighter’s indoor facility, she provides trainees with meal plans and tips to help them shed weight and maximize their fitness.
One class style stands out on Morgan Hill Crossfit’s schedule: Kids’ Crossfit. Owner Skip Rebozzi wanted to open a gym where his children, avid athletes, would feel comfortable working out as well. Regardless of students’ ages, Rebozzi and his staff lead Crossfit classes comprised of moves that scale to challenge exercisers of all stripes while toning the entire body.
A practicing chiropractor since 1986, Doctor of Chiropractic Charles Musich supplements traditional chiropractic techniques with innovative and advanced solutions. For instance, to treat lower- and midback and neck pain, the doc might enlist the Gonstead method of chiropractic care, designed specifically to correct spinal misalignments. The gentle electrical currents of electro-acuscope, meanwhile, can catalyze the healing of injured tissues for quicker relief of torn muscles, tendonitis, and ligament sprains. Perhaps Dr. Musich’s best-known service, however, is neurocranial restructuring. By inflating a small balloon inside the nostril and throat, the doctor can “unlock” specific areas of the skull, resulting in relief from a variety of conditions ranging from TMJ to Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Kusum Atraya leads the Gilroy Family Dental Center's staff as they keep mouths healthy and smiles beaming with family-focused dental care and cosmetic procedures. Standard dental services restore and maintain mouths, and beautifying services such as whitening keep chompers radiant enough to light homes during blackouts. Dr. Atraya attends dental courses throughout the year to keep up with the latest trends, and talks with each patient about proper oral hygiene during visits. During most treatments, patients can listen to music or nap while they dream about a possible career as a toothpaste spokesperson. Gilroy Family Dental Center also offers Invisalign and Lumineers.
Drs. Nicole and Dave Conragan discovered chiropractic care separately but have practiced it together for more than 15 years. Nicole's passion for her field began after chiropractic adjustments dramatically changed her life by lessening her asthma and allergies, and Dave's developed as he was treated for injuries sustained as a competitive weightlifter. Now the husband-and-wife team works together to educate patients, encouraging them to play an active role in their own treatment, and aids families, competitive athletes, and professional coffee tables in optimizing their health.
At Silicon Valley Budokan, students of traditional Japanese and Chinese disciplines find themselves making a difficult decision: what to do first? That's because their instructors offer a vast variety of ancient martial arts classes including Koshiden Ryu Jujutsu, which explores how to use the strength and power of an attacker against them, and Shinkendo––feudal Japanese swordsmanship. They also teach students how to confidently defend themselves during tactical street-defense classes and Aikido. In addition to the martial arts lessons, they provide Taiko drumming sessions and Eastern healing arts such as massage therapy.
Concept Cyclery embraces cyclists of all experience levels with attentive staff, a range of bikes and gear, and dedicated resources for female cyclists. During the 22-point tune-up, a resident bicycle whisperer takes stats on any ailing parts of the pedal-powered machine. A thorough drive-train cleaning leaves chains shiny and gunk-free, and both brake and derailleur adjustments ensure stress-free stopping and shifting. Hubs, headsets, and bottom brackets spin in ideal alignment after adjustment, whereas delinquent wheels return to the straight and narrow after a truing. Spoked steeds receive a global wipe-down and roll out of the shop a rejuvenated marvel of metal, ready to stand up to mouthy drivers and potholes.