Personal trainers and registered dietitians work side by side at FitClub Bay Area. Together, they take a comprehensive approach to health, helping their clients develop personalized exercise and diet plans. The fitness experts lead group classes that combine yoga and Pilates, and incorporate weight machines, free weights, and industrial-strength gravity into personal-training sessions designed to help clients achieve their goals.
Fitness has always been part of Alex Medina's life. After playing football and running track in high school, he knew he wanted to channel his athletic ability into something more meaningful, and joined the Marine Corps. During his five years of service, he learned to fly a plane and spent numerous hours in the sky, which led him to study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He then went on to Mueller College, where he became a sports nutrition specialist, a certified personal trainer, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Though a lot has changed for Alex since high school, his passion for fitness remains. In addition to playing semi-pro football, he now owns Fit 2 Ripped Fitness?an outdoor boot-camp program. Along with his fellow trainers, he leads fit-seekers in burning calories and building muscles during always-varying, high-intensity routines. One day, you might swing kettlebells and do push-ups, and then next you might do crunches and flip tires end-over-end until they agree to personally train you.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, yoga straps, yoga mats, and boxing gloves
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 45?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We get to know each student personally; they are not just dollar signs. Each client becomes part of the IMC community, where they are surrounded by an outstanding support group of staff members and other students. Also, our instructors live healthy lifestyles; they practice what they preach.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Rewarding, challenging, and fun?but most of all, inspirational.
For The Yoga Studio’s owner Pik Chu, yoga has been much more than just an exercise routine. An instructor for more than 10 years, Pik believes yoga has helped her to overcome an early-life diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that she was told would confine her to a wheelchair. Now wheelchair- and medication-free, Pik runs The Yoga Studio, which offers a versatile schedule. Classes range from gentle yoga sessions that focus on simple breathing techniques to restorative yoga that combines energy work with visualization. The Yoga Studio also specializes in offering aerial yoga, which utilizes soft fabric hammocks that allow individuals to suspend themselves in the air while practicing traditional Hatha techniques and making sure that gravity still works. Beginners start by alternating between using the hammocks and regular yoga mats in order to ease students into new techniques.
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The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.