Aaron Parnell believes that good posture is much more than a matter of sitting up straight. The published author and sought-after speaker has appeared on radio and television programs to discuss his signature treatment?Reposturing Dynamics?which he uses to address conditions that range from arthritis pain to excess abdominal weight. Parnell developed the stretching-, breathing-, and massage-based technique after interviewing some 300 Olympic athletes at the 1984 Olympics about their physical, mental, and emotional keys to success. He has been performing the intense "massage workouts" for more than 25 years, and he has created books and videos to help clients continue the restorative process at home. His Reposturing Yoga DVD, for example, combines traditional Hatha yoga with cutting-edge advancements in sports performance and kinesiology.
Parnell also founded the Vitality Sciences Institute, where he trains and certifies other practitioners as part of a state-registered program. The classes teach participants to combat signs of aging with facial reposturing and improve their posture during work and recreation.
Though Core Studio's workouts blend elements of Pilates, resistance-training, and strength-training, the company's entire program has three core methods: SPX fitness, Core Barre, and RealRyder indoor cycling. Each of the studio's instructors are masters of both. The Core SPX workout has a specific science designed to work muscles toward their limits and the heart toward victory. Armed with this knowledge, the instructors motivate clients to sweat through flexibility and core-strength-enhancing workouts in four classes: Core SPX, Core Barre, Core Cycle, and Core 30/30, a blend of SPX and Cycle. SPX workouts use the Megaformer, a state-of-the-art Pilates reformer that relies on spring resistance, whereas Cycle classes use the RealRyder indoor cycle?a stationary bike that isn't actually stationary. As it turns and tilts with riders, mimicking the motions of a real bike ride, the machine encourages functional movements, such as pedaling faster to escape a pack of invisible wolves.
Besides a love of yoga, the 16 instructors at Bikram Hot Yoga San Mateo all share one thing in common: high-level Bikram certification. Upon completing intensive training to learn the 26-posture sequence, the studio's yogis now lead students through it in a 105-degree room. The heat flushes toxins and stretches the body so practitioners can perform poses like the half-moon and the tree, which is intended to be held until families of birds roost on their heads. Instructors assess and help improve each pupil's posing so their bodies reap the most benefits possible, from toning muscles to burning calories. The studio hosts classes every day of the week, with no fewer than four sessions per day.
Springy surfaces of red, blue, green, and purple blanket the floors at Accel Gymnastics' two facilities. These soft mats cushion gymnasts of all ages as they somersault, tumble, and eventually back flip throughout a progressing curricula of gymnastics classes, starting at preschool lessons and heading toward the competitive level. Seasonal camps, too, immerse young ones in the sport. But coaches and staffers also make time for pure fun at birthday parties, where kids perform tricks that make their peers say "Ooooh" and "Ahhh" until all the birthday candles are blown out.
At San Mateo and Alameda beaches, a look over the watery horizon often shows dotted figures atop surfboards taming the wind and waves. Boardsports' team of certified instructors schools these adventurous participants in kiteboarding, windsurfing, and standup paddleboarding during lessons that leave both beginner and intermediate participants ready for relays with dolphins. Its fully stocked retail shop also provides gear, equipment, and rentals of surfboards, wetsuits, and other supplies to make watertop experiences fun, safe, and stylish.
Snap Fitness 24-7, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its state-of-the-art facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal coaches meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists.