Standard gyms let members loose in rooms full of fancy exercise equipment, where they're free to choose the variety and intensity of their workouts. Unfortunately, they're also free to make mistakes without even knowing it, which can lead to injuries and stunted fitness goals. That's why Fitness Revolution Petaluma centers on a different fitness philosophy: instead of rooms full of equipment, they have a facility full of fitness professionals who lead a programs tailored to members' current fitness levels. Whether in group training sessions, yoga, youth sports performance, or their variety of specialty workshops, the experts rely on simple equipment and exercises that mimic the body's natural movements to help members reach goals faster than a soccer player with rocket cleats.
Trainer and professional fitness competitor Audra Thrush knows firsthand what it's like to struggle with your weight. During college she regularly hit the gym, but it wasn't until she got help from personal training and nutrition classes that she started to get results. After seeing her success, Audra's friends and family sought her help in reaching their fitness goals, driving her to earn several fitness certifications such as National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications in personal training and corrective exercise.
At FitFabBody boot camp, she teaches others the same methods that helped her reach her personal goals. Using balance balls, hand weights, and suspension systems, clients can work themselves back into shape, or build a rudimentary yet functional car. For those who have equipment and a webcam at home, she leads personal-training sessions over Skype as well. Audra also holds outdoor boot-camp classes, leading calisthenics, interval training, and body-weight exercises that she adjusts to suit clients of all abilities.
The studio at CrossFit Sonoma County pulses with high-intensity workout routines. Led by coaches Sarah Pierce and Dan Schmieding, who both compete in national CrossFit events and hold multiple CrossFit certifications, students undergo varied exercises from the scheduled Workout of the Day. Sarah and Dan circumnavigate the floor, guiding movements, ensuring safety, and gingerly removing any unnoticed "Kick Me" signs pinned to T-shirts. Combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques, CrossFit aims to build resilience, strength, and versatility, equipping students with the stamina for athletic and everyday activities. Instructors scale each workout up or down to accommodate individual levels of fitness or exercisers recovering from restrictive injuries. Encompassing more than 3,000 square feet, CrossFit Sonoma County’s gym—nicknamed “the playground”—houses atypical equipment such as pommel horses, suspended rings, tires, sledgehammers, and weight sleds to facilitate each patron’s fitness goals.
Over the course of 20 years, Katrina Charmatz has taught an eclectic array of disciplines?yoga, cycling, swimming, dance, and equestrian arts, to name a few. But she got hooked on Pilates after she turned to the methodology to rehabilitate her arthritic hip. Katrina decided to share the core-strengthening exercise regimen with others by founding Rebalance Pilates. Here, she and her instructors offer private and semi-private lessons that use the Pilates Reformer's gentle spring resistance to help forge lean, toned muscles. Most importantly, they encourage students to use the practice to become more aware of their body's movements, alignment, and limitations. A mindful approach allows attendees to progress at a safe pace while the instructor offers subtle guidance and adjustments along the way.
Though she spent three years and 500 hours studying at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, Dana Davis, is more than a yogi. She's also a certified balance teacher, a holder of psychology and spirituality degrees, and a former professional flamenco dancer. She brings her breadth of experience to courses such as Balance Your Body Foundations, which teaches aching limbs how to stand, bend, sit, lift, walk, and lie down in ways that help alleviate chronic pain or a chronic sense that you're standing in a weird way. She and fellow yogis also lead yoga classes that range from basic Hatha flow to yoga for a healthy back.
While physical fitness requires a lifetime of commitment, Jody Lucas cuts down the scheduling strain by toning bodies in a mere 30 to 60 minutes, three days a week. Through 1 Hour Fitness Petaluma, Jody and trainers teach clients essential exercises in four silos of fitness: core, balance, cardio, and strength. They combine and blend those exercises in 30- to 60-minute classes, conveniently held throughout the week. Members can stop the gym anytime to repeat the regimen, assured of technique coaching and music-swelling pep talks from the trainers who constantly roam the floor.