In an effort to combat the detached and repetitive vibe of most gyms, owner and personal trainer Tony Velasco and his team make personalization Afterburn Fitness's top priority. All members enjoy tailored treatments from highly skilled staff members, who continually gauge client fitness levels with body composition tests and nutritional evaluations. Instead of letting guests loose into rooms filled with dumbbells and jump ropes, Afterburn carefully cultivates every member's fitness path by creating a combination of challenging classes. The content of each class shifts depending on different goals, but participants can expect to hoist tires, battling ropes, and boxing gloves in progressive routines that keep muscles thoroughly confused, like someone reading Finnegan’s Wake upside down. Guidelines for healthier eating and helpful supplements accompany each exercise program to create a body-sculpting regimen that has been featured on KCAL's The Best of Southern California.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Pro Tip: Coached by a highly trained and enthusiastic staff [of] some of the best coaches in the country
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
The three founders of Spokes Indoor Cycling have three distinctly different fitness backgrounds. Bridgette Strong has led an active lifestyle her whole life, first as a dancer, then as a black belt in tae kwan do who chases down litterers in her spare time. Debbie Childs, on the other hand, didn’t get into working out until her mid-forties, and has since evolved into an accomplished marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runner. Alternatively, Leigh Moore was an athlete as a youth, but only became serious about her health as an adult after she lost her mother to diabetes-prompted liver disease, and was then diagnosed with type 2 diabetes herself.
Yet, despite their diverse fitness journeys, indoor cycling brought these three entrepreneurs together. At Spokes, the trio has amassed a team of instructors who lead lively sessions complete with mood lighting and music videos. Students can hop on a Keiser m3 bike for straight cycling classes or one of two hybrid classes; Cyclebarre follows 20 minutes of cardio cycling with a 40-minute barre workout, and Cycle & Circuit, splits an 80-minute class between cycling and circuit training.
In the unusual parlance of the Hunger Runs 5K, runners are “dedications,” teams are “organizations,” spectators are “assemblies,” and the race is known simply as “the hunt.” The race’s creators, the “huntmakers,” devise a series of obstacles specifically designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie, and they set up “challenge centers” demanding expert bow-and-arrow skills, simian climbing abilities, and courage in the face of flaming objects. Organizations that finish fastest or with the most points in their designated wave earn bragging rights, awards, and cheek pinches from their proud grandmothers. Dedications are strongly encouraged to wear fun costumes and comfortable sneakers and to come bearing team spirit and the will to win.
At Fitness Edge Boot Camp, owner David Eastham and his team of instructors schedule boot camp classes at one of three locations: Santa Clarita Soccer Center, Santa Clarita Central Park, or Heritage Park. The response to the supportive workouts, unlike the response to selling the face of the moon for ad space, has been positive. In addition to what boot campers say, Fitness Edge was voted Best Fitness Center/Gym by readers of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal in 2011 with Eastham winning the title of Best Personal Trainer by the same publication in 2012.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.