Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, shiatsu massage chairs stand at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
At Energy Health Clubs’ two locations, members can feel the burn in the weight room, aboard cardio equipment, and during Group X classes such as Zumba, yoga, and spin or personal training sessions. Exercisers can work out until 10 p.m. Monday–Thursday at the Windsor location or visit Cotati, which is open 24 hours a day Tuesday–Thursday. The Cotati location also boasts a smoothie bar and indoor pool and both locations provide childcare services seven days a week.
Since 1961, Bamboo Reef has been unlocking the depths of the ocean by training scuba adventurers, outfitting them with gear and repairing equipment on the fritz. Skilled instructors guide swimmers during diving classes that range from paddling in an 82-degree pool to advanced night navigation in the Pacific's dunk tank. Refresher and specialty courses continue students’ aquatic education after they’ve mastered the basics of gliding through the deep blue. Bamboo Reef also coordinates dives off the shores of Monterey, Carmel, and international coasts that count toward specialty, advanced, and master diver ratings as well as black belts in underwater kickboxing.
The water wizards also rent and sell gear from brands such as Aqua Lung and Mares. Professional technicians—who maintain more than $10,000 in parts inventory—stand at the ready to repair all major brands of scuba equipment.
At iCandy Pole Dance Studio, 11 poles await 11 students. The small class sizes ensure that each gal receives individual attention from the seasoned pole-dancing instructors. During group classes and private parties, they teach ladies of all shapes and abilities pole-dancing techniques while helping them forge stronger cores, improve their coordination and flexibility, and boost their self-confidence. In beginner classes, gals get acquainted with pole-dancing basics, which include gracefully pulling yourself up onto the pole. More-advanced tricks include performing inversions, or the Chinese pole technique, and gripping the pole with only the left pinky toe. In addition to leading pole-dancing classes, the instructors motivate women to whip into shape in fitness- and fun-focused hula-hooping and burlesque classes, and to channel their inner divas in chair-dancing sessions.
During the seven-production season at Sonoma State, curtains rise on young talent in five diverse theater productions and two dance concerts. In How I Learned to Drive, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama running October 20–28, a woman revisits her coming-of-age, addressing common motifs such as family strife, birds and bees, and outgrowing her retainer. Productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which runs November 3–12, and Oklahoma!, running February 7–19, entertain audiences with beloved scripts, and the all-new Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival December 8–10 regales audiences with a grab bag of student-written scripts. The farcical whodunit Loot, March 8–17, finishes the theater season with a guffaw. Meanwhile, dancers take the stage during student-choreographed fall dance concerts held December 1–4 and featuring a medley of hip-hop, jazz, and ballet that showcases the body's ability to express grace, rhythm, and a desire for zesty nachos. The spring dance concert, running April 20–28, hosts guest choreographers, who bring an expert eye to craft all-new routines.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.