Skilled fighter and trainer Dave Huckaba juggles half his time as an active mixed-martial-arts victor and the remaining hours as owner and founder of his namesake gym, Huckaba’s MMA Training and Fitness Center. Huckaba and his team of passionate personal trainers and martial art experts— Charles Wilson, Nick Christy, Rich Salem, and Chad Dickerson—invigorate pupils of all ages with calorie-torching kickboxing workouts, one-on-one personal-training sessions, and skilled instruction in jiu-jitsu, grappling, and boxing. The well-rounded instructors lead both men and women through a slew of fighting techniques designed for losing weight, training for professional competition, or thwarting thumb wars that escalate too quickly.
In five decades as a golf-course architect, the late Robert Muir Graves put his stamp on more than 800 golf courses worldwide. His artistry is on full display at Cherry Island Golf Course, where he sculpted shapely fairways and greens into the scenic wetlands of Elverta. Throughout the course, Graves balanced holes pocked with streams and ponds with more straight-away tracks, where the only threat of water comes from the clouds and the open mouths of pelicans flying overhead. The course's hardest-rated hole, the par-4 seventh, is a titan of a hole. Though it only measures 391 yards from the tips, a pond runs from the right side of the fairway to the front of the green, imperiling golf balls on both tee shots and approaches.
Before testing their mettle on the links, golfers can get their timing down at a driving range with grass and artificial tees. The practice facility also encompasses two putting greens where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the putting surfaces without having to drive their cart onto the first green.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Robert Muir Graves * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,494 yards from the tips * Course rating of 71.0 from the tips * Slope rating of 120 from the tips * Four tee options
A fitness expert for more than a decade, Terence Hendricks whips clients into shape during True Fitness Boot Camp’s outdoor sweat sessions. The sun shines and the birds chirp as Terence, who holds five personal training certifications, leads students of all fitness levels through a 60-minute strength and cardio regimen of push-ups, sprints, and lunges. Classes—held five days per week—work the entire body, especially when supplemented by Terence and staff’s nutritional guidance. For clients who want to measure their transformations, the True Fitness team can perform pre- and post-camp evaluations, which may include taking body measurements and seeing how long it takes you to move one tiny mountain.
Antelope Greens Golf Course challenges experienced and novice players alike as its par-58 executive course draws them through up to 3,250 yards of landmarks, from an island green to a 70-yard downhill hole girded by bunkers and a creek. Rented golf carts zip through the sinuous landscape, dropping off golfers by their desired tees and taunting hitchhiking caddies. A course map offers an aerial view of the 18 holes, their landscape of watery obstacles, and an all-grass driving range where Groupon customers can exchange two tokens for 80 golf balls or a tarot reading.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Paul Matsumoto has earned black belts in the striking art of kempo karate, the subtle moves of hapkido, and the stick-fighting form known as arnis, and he incorporates elements of each into the education of his students at WarriorMMA. Starting as young as 3, little would-be warriors study martial skills and the virtues of discipline inside the Warrior Training Center. The program emphasizes important character traits such as confidence and work ethic while laying the foundation for increasingly complex combat skills for more advanced classes. To broaden the horizons of fist and feet, Paul teaches mixed-martial-arts training with an emphasis on the grappling art of Brazilian jujitsu and the devastating knee, elbow, and air strikes of muay thai.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
This merchant is no longer operating as Gold's Gym; it is now operating as Max Fitness Natomas.
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