Rather than allowing members to fend for themselves on machines like average gym staffers, the trainers at Powerfit Personal Training take more of a hands-on approach to gym workouts, helming group Personal Interval Training sessions replete with workout stations that blend strength, performance, and conditioning exercises. During sessions, trainers dole out encouragement and ensure proper form as members toss medicine balls, lift weights, and paddle on the rowing machine.
The trainers also custom-design workout programs during one-on-one personal fitness-training sessions, which are designed to help trainees break through barriers and achieve specific goals, such as losing weight, gaining muscle, or completing the Boston Marathon in a single lateral jump.
At Sonoma County Martial Arts Center's 6,000-square-foot facility, Master Herb Cody and his staff train aspirant martial artists in the ways of discipline, strength, and self-defense. While in China, Cody became a world-champion professional fighter at the age of 17 and was named a master in kenpo. Cody is also ranked as one of the top escrima instructors in the world and has trained world-class athletes in addition to the clients at his center.
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.
Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Sonoma Smile's at-home kit utilizes advanced whitening technology to gently coax masticators to the next level of eye-blinding brightness. Unlike their weak, ill-fitting drugstore counterparts, these whitening trays surround each tooth like a snake squeezes a stress ball. Dr. Wayne Sutton's office takes custom molds for each patient, ensuring the trays conform to each individual tooth, molar, and fang. After the quick fitting, patients receive trays in about a week, along with a supply of professional-grade whitening gel that restores teeth to porcelain radiance within 14 days by repelling the espresso-loving gum gremlins that cause tooth discoloration.
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