Jump Highway is constantly in motion. The "trampoline sports arena" is filled with more than 10,000 square feet of nearly custom-built, steel-frame trampolines that cover the floor and climb partway up the walls. Here, visitors of all ages bound across the room and into foam pits large enough for use by professional gymnastics teams or a giant's naptime. In addition to freestyle jumping sessions, the center also hosts group dodgeball and basketball tournaments. The gym's Airobics class treats the trampolines as a whimsical track and field during its cardio-focused, low-impact, and low-gravity workouts.
Each piece of equipment is carefully inspected each day and the staff regulates the number of jumpers to prevent overcrowding. They also monitor the different trampoline zones, which include a separate jumping area just for smaller children. When guests are ready for the world to stop shaking, a cafe and on-site lounge feature leather furnishings and wireless internet.
After obtaining certifications to teach several movement modalities, including dance, aerobics, Pilates, and yoga, Carol decided to share her passion and wealth of expertise with others by opening her own studio, Yoga Core Fit. The studio's growing schedule features two styles of yoga: Vinyasa—which strengthens muscles through posture sequences linked with mindful breaths to bolster strength and mental clarity—and the slower-paced Yin style—in which poses are held for three minutes at a time to help students sink deeply into stretches. To outfit bodies with toned cores and lean-muscle suits, four Pilates classes enhance exercises with various tools, challenging patrons to stretch resistance bands, balance on fitness balls, whittle waists with toning rings, and complete routines while cradling snoozing baby hippos.
Inspired by her love of dogs—the studio's logo is a pup in the yoga boat pose, which is also known as the Pilates teaser pose—Carol collects donations for the Solano SPCA Haven for Animals at her studio.
Helmed by athletes and coaches Annie Baker and Jennifer Pero, Dream Xtreme Gymnastics immerses budding child and adult gymnasts in varied gymnastics instruction that boosts self-esteem. Instructors guide students at ten levels: parent-assisted learning for the youngest students and beginner through advanced classes to teach gymnastics positions, maneuvers, and flexibility-building techniques to older students. They also coach a competitive gymnastics team, where each petite athlete is trained toward individual goals, such as competing in college or at the USA Gymnastics National level. Whether training or visiting for open-play sessions, tiny guests exercise on the facility's low balance beams, low bars, and mine for evidence of lost teddy bear civilizations in the foam pit. Staff members can also host fully catered birthday parties, during which they coordinate food service, full setup and cleanup, and construct obstacle courses and coordinate games.
"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It’s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel—heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel—teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.
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. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.