Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
A love for the outdoors fuels Rebecca Pennington, Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa?s owner, who spent eight years as a wilderness adventure guide and backpacked 1,700 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail. When her knee gave out from overuse, she was devastated, turning to Bikram yoga in hopes of healing her injury. Eight years later, the pain in her knee is gone, and she has continued playing sports. Inspired by her experience, she?s taken over Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa with a goal of extending the practice?s healing benefits to others. Her troupe of certified instructors leads students through 90-minute classes, flowing through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each building on the previous pose to build strength and flexibility. The studio is heated to a balmy 105 degrees, which helps loosen up muscles, flush out bodily toxins, and identify any students concealing snowballs in their backpacks.
If there's a central theme that unites all that Bliss Organic Day Spa does, it's care. They give guests complimentary beverages before their appointments and free salt scrub gifts afterward because they care about their comfort. They use sustainably produced skincare formulas from Eminence Organics because they care about the environment and their clients' skin. And they have a certified oncology aesthetician and massage therapist on staff because they care about cancer patients, whose skin and body can take quite a beating from chemotherapy treatments. This theme extends to every service they provide, from the six all-natural facial treatments and variety of chemical-free mani-pedi services to the soothing massages and waxing treatments, which rely on a botanical-rich beeswax blend that leaves clients as smooth as a queen bee on spring break.
Making use of the motivation provided by friends and the beauty supplied by local parks, the duo of instructors behind ecoFit takes troupes of women outdoors for calorie-busting exercise in the sunshine. Wendy Welling, who is an ACT-certified personal trainer, and Stephanie Evans, who studied exercise physiology and nutrition at UC–Davis, lead their workouts multiple times a day, varying routines throughout the week to provide quick results in increasing their clients' general levels of fitness and ability to tell the difference between Monday and Tuesday while blindfolded. As a grateful gesture to the community spaces that make this type of exercise possible, ecoFit gives 2% of its annual revenue to Santa Rosa city parks and California State Parks organizations.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.