When he isn't coaching the Riverbank Nationals youth squad, Corey Stigar is best known as the "Hitting Doctor." It's a moniker he's earned by taking awkward, off-balance baseball swings and turning them into powerful cuts that propel his players to the next level. Of course, the game isn't just about hitting lots of home runs, and neither is Corey's instruction. Through clinics and one-on-one lessons, he also teaches players how to field, run the bases, and avoid the kiss cam.
More than 40 years ago, workout guru Joe Gold embarked on his quest to launch exercisers toward their physical-fitness goals by opening a small studio in Venice Beach, California. Today, that studio has since expanded into a worldwide fitness empire comprising 600 locations that share Joe's passion for reshaping bodies and minds through expert training and self-empowerment.
A golf ace at the club professional level of the PGA, Lance Johnson spruces up golf swings with morsels of advice culled from 17 years of teaching experience. Formerly head golf pro at two golf clubs, Lance possesses enough swing-honing savvy to adjust his teaching approach for each client, helping them conquer unique goals such as eliminating a chronic slice or revising the rules to allow for gunpowder-assisted drivers. Lance operates out of the lush expanse of Escalon Golf Course, where he conducts focused swing analysis at the driving range and imparts more strategic, mid-round advice at the golf course. Pupils without their own set of sticks can use a set of Lance’s during lessons, saving them the hassle of molding irons out of titanium-plated wax.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
A busy schedule can make it tough to find time to exercise. Aspen Fitness offers a solution: 24-hour gym access that allows members to work out at whatever time works with their schedules. Members can burn calories on the center's ellipticals, spinner bikes, and other training apparatus, or build sculpted muscles with the free weights. If desired, the center's friendly, supportive personal trainers help to ensure results with weight-training and weight-loss programs. A few other membership perks include 24-hour security, private restrooms, and onsite tanning beds.