CenCal Strength schedules its intensive, ever-changing group workouts six days a week and encourages nutritional changes with guidance in protein-heavy diets. Instructors focus on weight-training and aerobic exercises in classes to help build strong cores, and motivate students to log personal goals to foster dedication and mental discipline. To ease in new members, they host one-hour personal-fitness consultations that include tours of the facility, diet plans, and sample workouts, giving neophytes an idea of what to expect in their classes and ensuring that they aren?t already endowed with super strength. The trainers also bolster bodily health during strength and conditioning camps, which help local athletes improve their performance levels.
Despite the industrial feel created by its enormous garage doors and expansive space, CrossFit Central Valley delivers personal attention to clients through nutritional counseling and custom workouts. Run by a family man, the gym focuses on creating healthy lifestyles for kids, their parents, and singles in an inviting, motivational setting. The facilitator's handpicked fleet of trainers works with exercisers to help them to reach fitness goals, reinforcing the nine fundamental movements of CrossFit decoded from the secret messages in Beethoven's nine symphonies. The resulting community encourages members to fight through lethargy to torch calories during scalable workouts that include tire flipping, pull-ups, and sprints.
The certified trainers at Sweat Cycling Studio and Personal Training propel clients toward fitness goals with custom-built cycling workouts and more than 20 types of group fitness classes. During 45-minute cycling sessions, students board RealRyder ABF8 bikes that twist, turn, and lean to activate little-used muscle groups and simulate the limbo segment of the Tour de France. JoyRyde sessions greet beginners with sprints and hill climbs, and RaceRyde workouts challenge serious spinners to battle their classmates as they activate muscles in the arms, legs, glutes, and core. For low-impact aerobics classes, Sweat loans clients Kangoo Jumps shoes, whose rebounding soles can reduce stress on joints while dancing, kickboxing, or shattering altitude records in games of leapfrog.
No two days are the same at Pure Form PFT. One day it's dumbbells and sandbags, the next it's resistance bands and slam balls. But this much is always true—the trainers are going to get muscles working to capacity. Each session focuses on core, strength, and interval training regimes that cater to each student's fitness level and ultimate goals. Sessions involve short bursts of explosive activity, which keeps metabolism and conversational wit working in overdrive for several hours after each workout.
Men and women meet at Norcal Viper Training to take their fitness to the next level. Trainer and founder Eddie Munoz started his gym with the belief that there’s no single exercise for everyone, so he has filled the gym’s offerings with a wide range of class types, like an arm-wrestling team, that aim to improve physical well-being and health and whips clients into shape.
Equipment: TRX bands, free weights, plyo boxes
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Attend the orientation (which is required) to review safety before beginning.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have experienced, highly energetic trainers who motivate our clients to reach their fitness goals.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
A client lost 18 pounds in 30 days. Another client (in her 50s) lost 5.5 inches in our six-week summer challenge.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
With no accountability or positive group motivation, individuals tend to give up.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also provide nutrition advice.