Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.
Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.
Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.
C.J. Easter understands the value of physical fitness. As a former defensive back who faced some of college football's most fearsome offenses during a four-year stint with the Stanford Cardinal, he could only be as effective as he was lean. With visions of sleek physiques in mind, Easter earned his personal-training certification from the American Council on Exercise, founded Performance Science Training Institute, and set to work devising a fitness system of his own.
The gym's exclusive Cardio Resistance Core (CRC) System is the result of all that hard work. Designed to torch calories and tone up muscles, the system combines the most effective aspects of three different training styles. Cardio sessions hikes heart rates and boosts stamina, strength training increases balance and posture, and resistance work builds muscles with the help of dumbbells, bands, and clients' own body weight.
The institute's team of instructors also augment CRC exercises with counseling on how to make responsible nutritional decisions and set goals that are both challenging and achievable. This all-over approach doesn't simply help people get fitter; it helps them remake their entire lives in a healthier, happier image.
Doctor of Chiropractic Guita Kianian, a board-certified chiropractor and certified industrial disability examiner, practices a "whole person" approach to health care. The former host and producer of a live radio talk show called Modern Health, she now educates her patients on how to lead a healthy and pain-free lifestyle at San Jose Holistic Health Clinic. In addition to experience treating complex and injury-related chiropractic cases, Dr. Kianian is certified to care for infants and expectant mothers using the Webster technique and utilizes trigger-point and acupressure therapy to loosen tight muscles.
Dr. Kianian and her staff address a wide variety of conditions with multifaceted treatment plans that may include orthopedic acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional analysis. They also design individual weight-loss plans and perform wellness seminars that can help to reduce employee stress and the number of self-inflicted forehead marks on office walls.
At Spa Dentistry, rejuvenating paraffin dips can take place at the same time as fluoride rinses. This is because Drs. Susan T. Lee and Gauri Bhagwat value their patients’ comfort almost as much as their oral health, so they incorporate spa treatments into their checkups and examinations whenever possible. The wafting scents of fresh fruit and aromatherapy candles help to put visitors at ease, along with in-room TVs, warmed mittens, and pillows for the legs, neck, and back.
While clients relax, doctors and technicians keep smiles neat and bright by performing a number of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures. They rely on such modern medical technology as computerized patient charts and low-radiation digital x-ray systems, which manage to generate clearer images than the Pictionary world champion. Crowns and bridges can conceal discoloration behind natural-looking porcelain, and fillings and root canals help to prevent the spread of decay.:
Weak bodies are whittled into lean, muscular fighting machines as instructors at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teach the martial arts styles used for UFC competition, self-defense, and overall conditioning. Men, women, and kids train in the company of students such as professional fighter Cain Velasquez and instructor Daniel Cormier, a former Olympian. AKA splits its MMA, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing classes among four facilities, with group-training sessions and private professional sessions taking place in modern training studios with heavy bags, speed bags, and Olympic-grade mats. The Hillside location also features a professional-size ring for sparring or marriage-proposal practice, and the two-story AKA headquarters on Realm Avenue highlights an MMA cage, TRX suspension room, and cardio theater stocked with StairMasters and Jacobs Ladder machines.
Dave Camarrillo grew up on mats, training and competing with his brother at their father’s judo club. After a knee injury limited his standup fighting ability, Dan discovered the ground game of Gracie jiu-jitsu and welded it with his father’s tutelage to create the Guerilla jiu-jitsu system. Guerilla jiu-jitsu fuses the fluid movements of Brazilian forms with Olympic judo and wrestling into a nonstriking, grappling art for all ages and skill levels. Students learn to leverage their bodies against opponents of varying size as they gain skills that can be used in a competitive, self-defense, or recreational setting. In addition to jiu-jitsu classes, the multidisciplinary center offers sessions in muay thai kickboxing, as well as women’s self-defense sessions and anti-bullying classes that emphasize nonstriking and conflict-resolution skills.
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