More than 40 years ago, workout guru Joe Gold embarked on his quest to launch exercisers toward their physical-fitness goals by opening a small studio in Venice Beach, California. Today, that studio has since expanded into a worldwide fitness empire comprising 600 locations that share Joe's passion for reshaping bodies and minds through expert training and self-empowerment.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
Before they discovered TRX training, A List Fitness owners Vince and Lori were itching for a new exercise regimen. Vince's experience with college baseball and other competitive sports gave him the same tenacity as Lori's seven years as a personal trainer, and together, they explored ways to enhance their gym's class curriculum. Once they tried the suspension system for themselves, they added it to the roster immediately.
TRX now shares the spotlight with other one-hour group classes, such as power yoga, team sport training, and outdoor running sessions. Vince and Lori stand by the suspension bands' capacity to tone muscle and hone balance, effects that have made it the preferred workout of acrobat moving companies. During routines, instructors demonstrate modifications for all strength levels to ensure every guest can flex safely and comfortably.
The upbeat exercise enthusiasts at Kid Time Fitness steer tykes into tip-top shape by leading an array of fun and active recreational classes. Through 40 weekly sessions, the CPR- and first-aid-certified staff helps pintsize patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels develop new skills and uncover dormant passions, such as dance, gymnastics, yoga, or competitive napping. During For The Boys, instructors teach boys hip hop, tumbling, and breakdancing to a fast-paced beat. Gym-Fit, yoga, hip-hop, cheer, ballet, music, and art round out the roster of classes, which is more jam-packed with activities than Leonardo da Vinci’s secret lab, where to this day he still writes software applications to teach children art lessons.
Galvanized by her own personal struggles with weight gain, Sonya Gonzalez helps patrons dig deep and meet their goals at East Modesto Fit Body Boot Camp. Sonya and her fellow instructors incorporate functional movements into group workouts that change each day, shocking muscles and slimming frames with a blend of cardio, strength training, and body weight resistance. Boot campers learn to wield kettlebells and maneuver suspension equipment while also receiving nutritional tips to streamline their self-transformation.
In the tradition of mixed martial arts, experienced fighter Paul Mendoza and his expert instructors fuse boxing, weight lifting, and calisthenics to create whole-body workouts in their signature Fighter Fit Conditioning program. In addition to improving heart and lung function, the aim of the classes is to create leaner, more toned bodies of both men and women in a communal atmosphere. Matted training areas cover the 8,200-square-foot facility, where heavy bags and treadmills await pounding. Locker rooms for men and women store personal items.