At California Fame, award-winning instructors give youngsters the skills and encouragement to achieve their dreams of becoming successful gymnasts, tumblers, and even stunt artists. After lacing up their sneakers, kids can improve their coordination, agility, and overall athleticism during an array of dance classes?including jazz, ballet, and tap?and multiple levels of tumbling classes. While learning how to set dance floors ablaze or perfecting their gymnast routines, kids also absorb valuable lessons in self-esteem and socialization. Although kids might eventually raise a first-place trophy with some of the techniques they learned at California Fame, the gym's environment is designed to be friendly and non-competitive.
Fitness MD, a 21,000-square-foot gym located in a new building, was given a top 5 designation from CityVoter for Best Gyms of 2011. Among the gym's updated equipment is an array of cardio options, and guests are treated to showers and lockers. Fitness MD also offers childcare, youth fitness programs, yoga, Pilates, and personal training for an additional fee.
At Mpressionz Fitness, personal trainer Edward Manning guides clients toward peak physical condition through one-on-one training, whether he's perfecting weightlifting form or helping find words that rhyme with burpee. He helps each client develop individualized goals and shatter mental and physical barriers on the path to success.
The fun-loving team members at Flip 2 It Sports Center?whose collective credentials include a degree in child development, coaching experience in competitive cheer and gymnastics, and CPR and first-aid training?strive to cement physical activity as a part of kids' daily lives. They have made it their mission to provide a safe, welcoming place where kids can learn important life skills. Instructors lead fitness-oriented classes ranging from parkour-like urban gymnastics and floor-exercise-focused tumbling sessions to jazz and hip-hop dance. The facility's excellence in teaching made it a finalist in CityVoter's Best Cheer and Gymnastics category in 2011.
The center organizes activities such as field trips and parents' nights out. They also host special events including summer camps and princess-in-training days that feature a tea party, makeover, and guide to selecting moat-worthy goldfish.
Power duo Angelo Nunez and Cary Williams-Nunez opened their first Prime Time Boxing Club location in 1998, determined to spread their love of fitness and boxing to one small group at a time. Today, their boxing fitness empire extends to three gyms that been spotlighted by such reputable publications as the New York Times, Men's Fitness, and Shape. Angelo, Cary, and a team of encouraging trainers lead 45-minute fitness classes that build boxing skills from the ground up and increase stamina through an intense combination of basic jabs, bobbing and weaving, and sashays that best show off Americana shorts. The boxing aficionados train students aged 13 and older, with younger classes focusing on overall cardio and playing nice with pendulous speed bags.
Though co-owner Adam Downing may be able to deadlift 450 pounds and squat 325, his strength is of little use if he can?t pick up his daughter and carry her to bed. He understands strength has practical application, which is why he and co-owner Mark Dingman teach functional fitness for the real world at CrossFit Echelon. Instructors teach students to master the mechanics of each movement before adding speed and intensity, and they adhere to a passionate creed of personal responsibility, consistent effort, and limitless potential. Adam and Mark pride themselves on keeping a clean, well-organized space that accommodates the training needs of first-timers as well as serious athletes. Along with traditional barbells and kettlebells, workouts integrate heavy rope, strongman stones, and giant truck tires pilfered from mutant Micro Machines.