At FitRanX, intimidation simply isn't a factor when it comes to exercise. That's because guests advance through an eight-level system that tailors workouts to each individual's fitness level. Each rank challenges gym-goers with concrete goals—within their ability—to help them ascend to the next level, making for balanced, full-body workouts with clear paths forward.
Led by fitness coordinator Patricia Moore, Performance Physical Therapy offers a full schedule of bootcamps and fitness classes. Body Blast Bootcamp builds strength and increases energy during 30-minute workouts, while Zumba courses burn calories for students of all ages and abilities. In addition to classes designed for the elderly and those with disabilities, Performance Physical Therapy offers nutrition programs and workplace wellness programs.
Twenty-five years in martial arts and sports training will get you a chiseled body and a cool nickname. Just ask Chris "Knuckles" Jones, a one-time professional MMA fighter who now draws on his experience to spread the gospel of muscle at Knuckles Fitness. Chris?or "Knuckles," rather?only trains students in one-on-one sessions or in small groups, as undivided attention is among his several keys to success. Another key is variety, which is why he keeps bodies guessing with classes that range from mitt training to high-intensity speed and agility workouts. One of his most popular options remains the women's kickboxing boot camp, in which ladies tone their muscles by kicking bags, picking them up, and carrying them to the E.R.
Having been a personal trainer for many years, Veronica "Bean" Harrah found herself tired of the same old gym experience. So, she decided to start her very own gym, offering workouts that kept her excited. With her business partner Sara Harrah, Bean founded Urban Flex Fitness. She and her staff teach two main types of classes: TRX suspension training and spin sessions. The extremely versatile TRX harnesses help students build strength, core stability, and flexibility by leveraging their own body weight. Spin classes focus more on increasing cardiopulmonary fitness, simultaneously strengthening the heart and lungs to ensure neither becomes so powerful as to usurp the brain.
Among Heather Farm Park's rolling hills and expansive grassy terrain, patrons push their bodies through dynamic, one-hour workouts designed to sculpt and strengthen physiques from head to toe. Helping to motivate patrons toward their ideal shapes, East Bay Fitness's owner and head trainer Jena McGuffie boasts certifications in personal training and specialized fitness, along with a degree in alternative medicine. After building a private personal-training business in Florida, Jena swapped coasts to share her passion for health and wellness with Californians of all ages and abilities. Her workouts vary from class to class, incorporating cardiovascular work and strength-training moves such as lifting Webster's Dictionary over and over with just your pinkies.
Kaia Fit's foundational workouts?cleverly dubbed "Briks"?are a little different from the typical gym class. First of all, rather than drop-in classes, they're a six-week commitment. The idea behind that? Having the same set of classmates every week helps build a sense of team spirit and community, much like going through all your workouts as part of a human pyramid. But they share the same mission as all of Kaia's fitness classes: to be unpredictable. The women's fitness center was founded on the simple premise that routine is the enemy of muscle growth and weight loss. Hence their emphasis on workouts that change constantly, preventing fitness plateaus. Beyond their Brik sessions, held three times a year, they also host cross training, suspension training, and triathlon training.