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.
It's safe to say that Sasaki Kenpo Karate's staff of world- and national-champion black belts knows what its doing when it comes to martial arts. The instructors—many of whom have trained national and world champions themselves—pass along their knowledge to kids, teens, and adults during martial-arts classes that teach basic skills alongside discipline and sportsmanship. Some of the instructors even began as Sasaki Kenpo students themselves.
Along with martial-arts classes, instructors lead Kamikaze Conditioning classes and personal-training sessions, both of which focus on toning bodies and blasting calories.
Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.
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.
The painful experience of watching his father endure several heart attacks, and eventually a heart transplant, left its mark on John Latham, but the effect wasn?t entirely negative. His father?s struggles convinced John, at the young age of 12, that fitness and nutrition are the route to a long, healthy life. Since then, he?s trained more than 40,000 clients. He complements personal training with nutritional consultations to boost weight loss, and he also leads group fitness classes.