NASM-certified personal trainer Michelle Vargas Walker can give her clients one thing that other personal trainers may lack—empathy. Having dealt with her own weight-loss struggles, Michelle began setting goals for herself to come out of her rut. Throughout her journey, she discovered training methods such as TRX, Pilates, and yoga that made her rethink healthy living. Today, Michelle targets sessions toward weight-loss, building lean muscle mass, and boosting stamina, and she specializes in showing her clients how to use body-weight resistance to sculpt and tone.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Snap Fitness 24-7, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its state-of-the-art facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal coaches meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists.
Inside the California Badminton Academy, JW Table Tennis Center has annexed 5,400 square feet of space for players to take Badminton's miniaturized cousin. There, skilled instructors lead group table-tennis lessons for all ages on 12 tables set to international competition standards rather than vibrate. Players can also go to the on-site pro shop and stock up on equipment and accessories.
Infinity Fitness?s owner, Ayelette Robinson, is a lawyer by trade, but her passions are personal training and ballroom dancing, in which she is a national champion. At Infinity Fitness, Ayelette helps clients achieve their fitness goals by drawing from a variety of exercise techniques, including weight training, kickboxing, boot camps, and Pilates.
Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.