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.
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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.
The duo of 18-hole courses, Woodcreek Golf Club and Diamond Oaks Golf Course lie side by side, making it easy for guests to sneak in a double-header. The former, a par-72 track, unravels amongst mature oak trees and native wetlands, while the latter, a Ted Robinson-designed classic open since 1953, accommodates the skill spectrum with three sets of tees and straight fairways. Guests can fine-tune their games on the night-lit driving range and chipping green, or head to the pro shop to stock up on the latest golf gear, including drivers, designer shirts, and blow horns for waking up napping caddies.
Kaia FIT, which was designed by women for women, uses functional fitness training to give clients back the flexibility and strength they had when they were younger. The program relies on daily changing exercises that utilize the athlete's own body weight, restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
Programs range in intensity and length, from six-week Brik boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. Core Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between Brik camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would.
When renowned course architects Billy Casper and Greg Nash were asked to design Timber Creek Golf Course, they envisioned a 27-hole golf destination that would stretch across 178 acres of rolling terrain. With fairways partitioned by 200-year-old heritage oak trees and 142 sand traps peppered across the course, the Timber Creek course presents an obstacle-laden 6,500-yard layout for clubbers of all abilities. Lakes and waterfalls also come into play on both the front nine of the 18-hole Timber Creek course and the nine-hole Sierra Pines course, adding scenic challenges and making the courses navigable by golf carts or golf bags that inflate into hovercrafts. A staff led by two PGA instructors presides over Timber Creek’s golf academy, where golfers can hone their tee-to-green skills in lessons and clinics. Days that start on the dew-kissed fairways can end at Timbers at the Lodge, where mahogany-hued wood paneling surrounds guests as they dine on beer-battered cod filets, veal marsala, new-york steaks, and more from an eclectic dinner menu.
At Life Changer Training Institute, rather than leaving clients stranded on the sprawling gym floor, trainers guide them toward their fitness goals. They start with a consultation, taking stock of clients’ goals and assessing their current fitness level. Once clients have a solid understanding of where they are and where they want to be they can jump into the schedule of classes to whip themselves into shape. TRX sessions rely on suspension training to tone muscle and boot camps challenge the whole body in a supportive group setting.