Trainer and bodybuilding competitor [Audra Thrush] http://fitfabbody.com/about/bio/) 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.
Genesis Fitness’s staff of coaches includes a lifelong athlete, a US Marine, a swim-team coach, and a dedicated computer gamer, all of whom transformed their bodies using the CrossFit method. Now the coaches teach this high-intensity training regimen that focuses on functional movements such as running, jumping, and climbing. They hold classes six days a week in their industrial gym with exposed-brick walls, red steel rafters, and padded floors.
Across its two locations, Yoga One offers up as more than 300 classes per month. That's 300 opportunities to get up and move, with options covering everything from Vinyasa yoga and mat Pilates to belly dancing and modern jazz dance. Even those with mobility issues will find themselves catered to––Yoga One specializes in yoga therapy, where trainers guide students through customized poses designed to help relieve stiffness, chronic pain and fatigue, and a whole host of other ailments.
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.
At All Women's Fitness, a certified personal trainer is always with clients to guide them through the 30/30/30 program. A combination of 30 minutes of weight training, 30 minutes of cardio, and 30 minutes of nutrition consultation, the program emphasizes weight loss, conditioning, balance, core strength, and flexibility. Trainers offer one-on-one sessions, small-group training, and seniors' and teens' sessions.
Making use of the motivation provided by friends and the beauty supplied by local parks, the duo of instructors behind ecoFit takes troupes of women outdoors for calorie-busting exercise in the sunshine. Wendy Welling, who is an ACT-certified personal trainer, and Stephanie Evans, who studied exercise physiology and nutrition at UC–Davis, lead their workouts multiple times a day, varying routines throughout the week to provide quick results in increasing their clients' general levels of fitness and ability to tell the difference between Monday and Tuesday while blindfolded. As a grateful gesture to the community spaces that make this type of exercise possible, ecoFit gives 2% of its annual revenue to Santa Rosa city parks and California State Parks organizations.
Barriers exist to be broken, according to Mike Ward, the certified coach and teacher who helms CrossFit 38N. With hard work, dedication, and a supportive team, they can be shattered into a million pieces, like a piñata made of phyllo dough. Inside Mike's 3,500-square-foot gym, seasoned instructors lead strength and conditioning classes filled with rowing, running, calisthenics, and Olympic weightlifting. In addition to bolstering power, speed, and endurance, these high-intensity workouts inspire students to set the bar higher, whether competing in a pole-vault contest or chasing a promotion at work. Barbells, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, and other functional training tools fuel a rotating lineup of exercises that can be scaled to different levels of skill and strength. Designed for beginners, Elements classes emphasize proper technique as they impart CrossFit fundamentals such as burpees, box jumps, and muscle-ups. As students grow fitter, coaches ratchet up the intensity and incorporate activities that promote flexibility and mobility.