My Gym was developed nearly 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, hone new skills, and socially romp off a sugar buzz. The Bakersfield location boasts classes for all developmental degrees from Tiny Tykes to Cardio Kids. Classes are organized according to age level and start as young as three months. View a complete schedule of classes here.
All programs at Pinnacle Performance Institute spring from its foundational Youth Speed & Strength class, where middle-school-aged participants learn how to train for sports long-term, seeking to master correct training styles and avoid injuries later in life. High-school and college student-athletes build individual blueprints of their needs and goals in Athlete P.A.S.S., which not only measures their strength, flexibility, and biometrics, but also school performance. And AthleteFit classes grew out of a desire to also help adults, who can no longer get fit while playing tag, swinging on monkey bars, or lining up to go to recess. Tailored workouts target more mature bodies, mixing lifting, speed, agility, and other types of training to burn calories and tone muscles.
The trained instructors at Next Level Fitness & Crossfit put their certifications, experience, and passion for nutrition to use in a series of motivating classes. Nixing the boredom of treadmills, instructors specialize in leading high-energy workouts, such as Zumba, P90X, and CrossFit, at their huge warehouse facility.
Pulling from their years of study and diverse experiences, the instructors at Inner Bodyworks Yoga Studio conduct a variety of yoga classes inspired by Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa styles. Along the hardwood floors of their sunlit yoga studio, they lead students of all athletic abilities through poses and postures designed to build flexibility and strength while calming the mind. The versatile instructors also offer a corporate program, journeying to local businesses to lead employees through rejuvenating and relaxing yoga sessions.
Deb McCormack wears her fitness inspirations on her sleeve in the fusion classes she teaches at Mind-Body Exercise. Though her routines revolve mostly around Pilates and yoga, she pulls moves from a slew of unconventional styles, such as qi gong, tai chi, belly dancing, functional fitness, and capoeira. No matter the class, she aims to help her students feel mentally centered and focused while building stronger physiques so that they can experience how a bodybuilder feels walking a tightrope. She also prepares expectant mothers for childbirth and motherhood through classes that teach meditation, mantras, and methods for relaxation. None of her class styles—which also include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and Zumba—require students to be flexible or, in the case of Zumba, experienced dancers.
Next Step Fitness' two-trainer team understands that staying healthy does more than just help you look good. Wendy Soto, Next Step founder and lifelong athlete, knows that keeping strong through nutrition and exercise keeps her in shape for her favorite activities. CrossFit Level 1 trainer and police officer Veronica Sandoval works to build her strength, flexibility, and endurance to ensure she can tackle any situation her job throws her way. With that in mind, the duo lead exercise programs that help members slim down and stay active. Members are given 24-hour access to the gym, allowing them to drop in whenever, rather than interrupting the block of time they usually spend winding all the clocks in their houses.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. For 30 minutes, limber ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that they'll have a chance to share laughs and secret handshakes with fellow fitness frontierswomen.