Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Learning combat skills is not the main benefit of martial-arts lessons, as the instructors at TriValley ATA Martial Arts know well during the journey from white belt to black belt. Their students develop valuable personal skills—discipline, self-confidence, and focus. Both kids and adults learn proper stance and how to block and strike as they work toward acquiring the next belt. Mastering these physical skills requires developing mental skills, which helps bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit in a more fun way than trying to meditate while lying on a seesaw.
Certified trainer Travis Sleighter lifts iron kettlebells high into the air and brings them crushing down on his students’ calorie surpluses during high-intensity workouts that can be scaled to match any fitness level. The principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies, military units, and lion-fighting social clubs, CrossFit amalgamates a multitude of exercise techniques into daily changing workouts that work in synergy to build functional strength and keep students of all mindsets fully engaged. Travis blasts away the mechanical thickets of stationary workout machines in favor of an open gym, with free-weight exercises that tone various muscle groups at once and inspire students to bulldoze self-perceived fitness blockades.
CrossFit San Ramon fosters a community of like-minded athletes, all of whom advocate for sweating, lifting, and eating right as the road to the health. Engaging in an intense CrossFit program is a victory of mind over matter with its ever-changing Workout of the Day (WOD), and constant upward scalability that helps trainees target all muscle groups through a challenging regimen. Coach Tim Hill draws from his extensive work in gyms and two decades of cross-country ski instruction to build stamina, flexibility, and strength through CrossFit, or push runners to the limit with reduced risk of injury through Pose endurance programs. Its successful CrossFit Kids' programs educates children and teens about functional fitness and inspires them to pursue it.
San Ramon Valley Fitness hosts a wide variety of sassy classes, so cardio achievers can burn fat and feel sexier through a sassy set of dynamic exercises. Founded by personal trainer and nutritionist Cori Ann Lentz, San Ramon Valley Fitness offers a full schedule of aerobic and body-sculpting exercises that are much more exciting than running on the treadmill or playing hacky sack with a cannonball.
With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 200 hours of training, and 2,500-plus hours of teaching experience under her belt, instructor Umang Goel strives to instill mind-body wellness in her students during classes in a variety of yoga modalities. During classes that can be filled with children and adults alike, Umang emphasizes the connections among the physical, spiritual, and spandex aspects of yoga practice, encouraging students to perform challenging poses as they clear their minds through meditation, which she studies in basic and advanced courses at the Art of Living Foundation. Umang incorporates life-coaching skills into classes such as laughter yoga, helping students of all skill levels reap a host of benefits, including stress reduction, increased body awareness, and sharper vision in the third eye.
In more than 75 offices across the country, chiropractors combine their skills and decades of experience to alleviate soreness and stiffness caused by spinal conditions. In all New Beginnings offices, chiropractors receive coaching, the most up-to-date training, and daily reports on the condition of the earth’s enormous spinal column.