Certified trainer Marty Ozaeta isn’t one to yell in your face, though he might send you a motivational email to pump you up for a forthcoming class. His uplifting attitude permeates Velocity Performance Training Health & Human Performance Center, a supportive environment where athletes of all ages and skill levels come to build a better body. To help clients reach their goals, the center provides a variety of services including personal training, athlete performance programs, yoga classes, rehabilitation, boot camps, and nutritional guidance. In addition, Marty has put together his own 95-page abdominal-workout program, which sculpts the midsection without the use of a single crunch or stonemason.
The Double Impact Cardio fitness studio is presided over by Melody and Melinda Luna, a duo of certified, seasoned, and dedicated fitness trainers. Amidst the studio's heavy punching bags and suspension ropes, Melody and Melinda lead personal-training sessions and a variety of group classes, including circuit training and kickboxing. The pair of trainers also conduct challenging boot-camp classes outdoors, helping clients slim physiques, build muscle, and enhance agility through military-inspired circuit workouts.
Helping guests feel comfortable is Body Zone Health & Fitness Club's main concern. The center has a variety of checks in place to make sure that new customers are given the guidance they need to get the most out of the gym. To help them, personal trainers are paired with newcomers during their first month of membership, working together to figure out what each guest's body needs. Once oriented, guests can work out on their own or in a group, choosing from a lengthy list of group fitness classes that range from total body conditioning, salsa, fit after 50, and stress-reduction yoga classes. To make sure that current members are also taken care of, Body Zone offers a variety of amenities such as childcare, massage, and nutrition.
Whenever she strolled down a sandy beach or marveled at the redwoods of a lush forest, LeTa Jussila would be reminded that Santa Cruz was the most beautiful place in the world. It seemed a shame to her that most people spent so much of their days inside houses and offices rather than taking advantage of the diverse landscapes of their surroundings. Inspired, she spearheaded the foundation of Optimal Health and Fitness—a multidimensional outdoor-fitness program.
Today, LeTa and her staff of trainers conduct energetic boot-camp classes at local beaches, forests, and mountain trails. They use the tools of their surroundings as exercise equipment, running up park stairs for a cardio workout or curling plump raccoons to strengthen their biceps. Encouraging well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, the instructors also conduct seminars on holistic topics such as stress management and meditation. Nutrition specialists, meanwhile, provide students with balanced meal plans and supervise detoxifying cleanses. The staff also offers various treatments popularized in the East, including traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments and rejuvenating qi gong stretching classes.
Since his first run-in with Brazilian jujitsu at age 7, Claudio França has been busy. Now a fifth-degree black belt, he's spent more than 30 years mentoring MMA competitors, winning multiple championships, and hosting the annual U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Santa Cruz. He also teaches classes at three eponymous dojos with the help of fellow black belts. Training sessions teach groups how to execute BJJ's signature ground-fighting techniques and instill in individuals the keys to becoming a part of the martial-arts community.
Claudio's classes mix advanced students with total beginners, enabling the new arrivals to learn from more than one person, while regulars hone their coaching chops. The environment is family friendly, as well: there are programs for kids as young as 4, youth classes, and both women-only and co-ed adult lessons.
While a majority of your month will be spent toning and groaning in class, your 60-minute massage offers a tangential escape into tranquility. Combining elements of traditional Swedish and sport techniques, this full hour massage is designed to leave your many muscular regions relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on whatever yoga pose, weighted lift, or air guitar rift that may await. Club One Fitness hosts over 500 classes weekly, which may include spinning, rowing, Aqua Fit, BalleCore, Pilates, martial arts, dance, and 12 different types of yoga. Beyond organized gatherings, each fitness center provides various amenities including saunas, steam rooms, sun decks, as well as state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.
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.