Melissa was a casual gym-goer for most of her life, until one day a fitness instructor suggested that she should consider teaching fitness classes. It took her a year to switch careers, moving from teaching elementary school to teaching group fitness classes. All the while, she was scooping up certifications in anything she could get her hands on, including a National Academy of Sport Medicine certification as a personal trainer. Armed with six certifications and a massage therapist license, Melissa— one of the top endurance athletes in Ventura county— decided to open her own gym, where she could share her love for fitness with others. Rocksteady Fitness was born with the belief that exercise could be, and should be, fun. To that end, Melissa helps whip clients into superb shape by teaching group fitness classes such as kettle-bell training, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and boot camps.
The trainers at Strong and Steady CrossFit focus on functional movements?motions made in daily life?to sculpt chiseled physiques. They push participants during intense workouts that last anywhere from 3 to 45 minutes, creating varied sessions that can achieve optimal results while keeping boredom at bay. Each session incorporates heavy lifting, which isn't as intimidating as it sounds, along with cardio-based movements that bolster heart and metabolic rates. Instructors also teach Burn classes that turn the intensity down a notch by trading weights for boxes full of sleeping puppies.
It's rare to walk by the Rhythmic Body Fitness studio without hearing the thumping beats of Latin music or the reverberations of hip-hop bass tones. These lively tunes serve as soundtracks for daily Zumba classes, in which exuberant instructors lead easy-to-follow dance moves and muscle-toning exercises along the spacious facility's hardwood floors. With an emphasis on opening their doors to students of all ages and abilities, instructors also lead seniors and those with restrictive injuries in Zumba Gold classes. They also conduct cardio-kickboxing classes, which guide students through kickboxing-infused workouts designed to build muscle, stamina, and coordination. Committed to fostering healthier lifestyles, the staff guides guests toward nutritious diets with recipe ideas and health tips, encouraging them to avoid eating processed foods, refined sugar, and butter sculptures.
With its doors open 24 hours a day, KO Gym offers members nonstop access to physical fitness. Elliptical machines and stair climbers fill up the the second floor, which overlooks myriad weight machines, benches with barbells, and rows of free weights.
At CrossFit Camarillo, fitness is a group endeavor. Trainers and members join forces to ramp up vitality with compound movements and brief, high-intensity cardio sessions. Compared to monotonous treadmill workouts, CrossFit sessions are engaging and encouraging—no two workouts are alike, and this yields consistent progress toward fitness goals. Much like a putt-putt course, the gym balances camaraderie and competition to establish an upbeat atmosphere that's a joy to revisit every single day.