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Stephanie Hidalgo knows the importance of being able to step back and see the bigger picture when it comes to understanding health. As both a nutrition counselor and dance and fitness instructor, she works closely with her clients to understand where their hurdles originate, whether it's lack of energy, weight gain, or inability to jump over actual hurdles. At My Dance and Fitness Studio, she and a handful of instructors host group Zumba or Insanity! workouts, which integrate cardio and movement to burn calories and shed pounds.

610 Williams St.
Bakersfield,
CA
US

The trained instructors at Next Step Crossfit put their certifications, experience, and passion for fitness to use in a series of motivating classes. Nixing the boredom of treadmills, instructors specialize in leading high-energy workouts, such as cardio kickboxing, bootcamp, and Crossfit, at their huge warehouse facility.

4205 Resnik Court
Bakersfield,
CA
US

Members of Evolutions Fitness & Wellness receive access to more than 100 weekly fitness classes, rows of cardio and strength-training equipment, a lap pool, plush locker rooms, childcare services, and a slew of other gym perks. That's not what separates Evolution from other facilities, though. Its distinction as the fitness center for Tulare Regional Medical Center does. And the facility's medically minded take on fitness is evident, from the therapy pool and wellness seminars to fitness assessments and doctor vs. doctor bench-press contests.

1425 E Prosperity Ave
Tulare,
CA
US

Art "The Shark" Correa has a history of surmounting life's challenges in pursuit of his business and fitness goals. While earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology—thereby becoming his family's first college graduate—Art yearned to apply his knowledge toward other people's physical betterment, and gained national certification as a personal trainer. He then used his health expertise to found The Bod-e² Shop, a wellness sanctuary for all fitness levels, and has since trained such elite clients as NFL players Zack Follett and Ricky Manning, Jr.

The Bod-e2 Shop functions as an all-purpose workout zone, manned by personal trainers and instructors who run kickboxing, Zumba, and intense boot-camp classes. Private sessions with the trainers can focus on sports-performance or toning goals, providing encouragement with motivating words rather than drill sergeant mantras or shyly suggestive fireworks displays. The gym's roster of advanced equipment has been highlighted on KMPH's Valley Life, and includes core-tightening air benches alongside Jacob's Ladder, a machine whose cycling rungs simulate climbing.

1701 North Woodland Street
Visalia,
CA
US

Custom Workouts might feel a bit smaller than your average chain gym—that's part of its appeal. The private setting allows gym-goers to work out on top-notch equipment without feeling intimated or overwhelmed. Staying true to its commitment to the individual, the gym also offers personal training with a reasonable price tag. But those who crave the motivation of peers can opt for group classes such as Zumba and spinning.

2125 S Broadway
Santa Maria,
CA
US

With the help of a friendly and knowledgeable staff, the owners of The Gym Next Door make clients feel like family. They personalize their wellness services, including hydrotherapy massage and spa treatments, and lead classes for all levels of athleticism. Zumba Gold eases seniors and those with knee injuries into fitness with low-impact shimmies to Latin music, and P90X classes expedite inch shedding with intense core workouts that torch calories and deplete dangerous sweat surpluses.

901B Linden Ave
Carpinteria,
CA
US