With the motto “train insane or remain the same,” trainers at Silicon Valley Athletic Club pride themselves in helping their students undergo physical transformations. In daily boot-camp, spinning, and Zumba dance-fitness classes, they work one-on-one with clients, ensuring each one gets the most from the group workouts. Classes are held in the club's 35,000-square-foot space.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Lots of people talk about losing weight, but Noriko Rovner did it—and she had fun trying. That's because she discovered Zumba, a workout that feels more like a party and less like a boring trip to the gym. Now 30 pounds lighter, Noriko takes her newfound energy and her high-intensity, Latin-inspired dance moves to various wellness centers. In addition to helping children and adults shimmy toward good health and fit facades, she dances the hula without a safety-hoop.
Yusuf Clack's passion for fitness is evident in every word he writes about ClackFit. He has created a gym for those who have encountered setbacks or frustrations with traditional workouts. With a focus on proper form, he helps clients who experience joint pain or aches to work out properly and without pain. Yusuf uses his infectious enthusiasm to motivate guests of all levels during workouts, which are tailored to each student.
With a three-time Kazakhstani national fencing champion, a professional member of the USFA, and a three-weapon Moniteur d'Escrime recipient on the coaching staff, The Fencing Center immerses students in an environment of highly decorated international fencing achievement. The parrying nonprofit was founded in 1981, at which point it began churning out champions at all levels from local to international. Before entertaining dreams of gold medals or swashbuckling chandelier swings, newcomers to the piste must start out with introductory and beginning classes. With commitment and hard work, they’ll then graduate to advanced fencing or competitive training programs in epée, foil, or saber.