The certified trainers at The FITness Academy believe everyone can tap into the mental toughness needed to make their best life. Operating under the idea that regular exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies, The FITness Academy offers indoor and outdoor group fitness classes designed to combine cardio and strength training, building muscle and burning fat efficiently in a team-like environment.
Basketball on Monday, racquetball on Tuesday, Zumba on Wednesday, swimming on Thursday, weight lifting on Friday, and a weekend of relaxing in the Jacuzzi. There's even an indoor-outdoor swimming pool open during winter and summer months, thanks to a convertible roof that facilitates year-round frolics. This could be an entry in a PE teacher's dream journal or a routine visit to Modesto Court Room Fitness. Its 35,000-square-foot gym has been shaking up workout regimens for 35 years.
Members climb aboard weight machines and cardio equipment under the watchful eye of a personal-training staff or jettison calories alongside peers in group classes. Two aerobics studios host classes such as body pump, yoga, boot camp, cycling, and Zumba or special sessions where guests tone on Pilates reformers. Patrons cross rackets on one of eight racquetball courts or drench a sweatband during pick-up games of full-court basketball.
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.
SOS Club is an unusually luxurious take on a gym—for one, there's an on-site bar and restaurant. For another, there's not one swimming pool, but three, including a heated one. The array of sports courts, meanwhile, ranges from tennis courts to basketball ones. For a group workout, members can also take to the group fitness studios, for sessions of mini-ball Zumba, Pilates, yoga, or pirate toga.
Get Fit Guaranteed’s Vickie Montgomery leads yoga flow classes perfectly suited to students of all experience levels. The slow-moving, intense sequence of asanas strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and helps relieve mental tension with each pose transition. Each 50-minute session provides each limb with ample time for flexion, and the peaceful, spacious studio permits freedom of movement and eliminates embarrassing accidental high fives. Yoga classes are held Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats.
Some days a yoga student might want an energizing class where she can work up a sweat, but on others, a calming, slow-paced class is just what the doctor ordered. Shakti Body Yoga offers both. Students sweat through cardio-enhancing Vinyasa yoga classes, synching breath to movement as they flow from one posture to the next. Alternatively, in gentle restorative classes, folks combine slow-paced movements and long-held postures with breathing techniques to quiet the mind.
Because Shakti Body Yoga believes yoga should be accessible to all, the studio also offers weekly donation-based community yoga classes that range from beginner to advanced. Prenatal yoga classes open the floor for moms-to-be to improve mind, body, and spirit, while also giving babies a head-start on learning yoga moves so they won't feel self-conscious in future Mommy and Me classes.