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.
The certified trainers at The FITness Academy believe everyone can tap into the mental toughness needed to make their best life. Operating under the idea that regular exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies, The FITness Academy offers indoor and outdoor group fitness classes designed to combine cardio and strength training, building muscle and burning fat efficiently in a team-like environment.
Despite the industrial feel created by its enormous garage doors and expansive space, CrossFit Central Valley delivers personal attention to clients through nutritional counseling and custom workouts. Run by a family man, the gym focuses on creating healthy lifestyles for kids, their parents, and singles in an inviting, motivational setting. The facilitator's handpicked fleet of trainers works with exercisers to help them to reach fitness goals, reinforcing the nine fundamental movements of CrossFit decoded from the secret messages in Beethoven's nine symphonies. The resulting community encourages members to fight through lethargy to torch calories during scalable workouts that include tire flipping, pull-ups, and sprints.
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.
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.