At Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley, the expert martial-arts instructors teach their students how to deal with punches, strikes, aggressive chorus lines, and other forms of attacks. Classes for adults and children teach aikido kokikai, a form of martial arts that focuses on self-defense techniques. Training might take place indoors on the mat or outdoors at the beach.
Han Yoga has created its own wholly unique approach to yoga. With a basis in meditative hatha yoga, its founder Jonathan Han combined eight different practices, the result of which is an inviting routine he named HanChickitsa, suitable for practitioners of all ages and experience levels. The studio's instructors also lead a variety of classes in classic hatha, therapeutic yoga, and high-octane Vinyasa flow, as well as teacher training.
The certified instructors at CrossFit ESV empower clients of all ages and abilities to reach their fitness goals with a strength and conditioning program used by tactical operations teams, military special-operations units, and champion martial artists. Within the renowned American Kickboxing Academy, instructors coax out their clients' inner athletes, challenging perceived limitations with customized regimens of intense functional movements such as weightlifting and opening a stuck jar with just your mind. These exercises are tailored to optimize physical performance in the 10 most important fitness domains—cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
Health and fitness have always been integral to XFit head trainer Chris Green’s life. As a wrestler and soccer player in college, Chris nurtured an athletic spirit that propelled him to a master’s degree in sports psychology, a purple belt in Brazilian jiujitsu, and certifications both as a personal trainer and CrossFit instructor. His background shines through in his XFit group workouts, which change daily to keep muscles from getting bored and tying themselves into knots. The exercises cater to beginners and seasoned athletes alike, incorporating the gym’s kettlebells, speed ropes, and Olympic bars to oust extra pounds and strengthen core musculature.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
When the climbers of Planet Granite say that community anchors everything they do, they have a history of outreach to back it up. After Castle Rock State Park appeared on California’s closure list, Planet Granite’s team quickly organized a fundraiser to save the sanctuary. They pledged $10,000 in matching funds, threw an auction, scheduled guest speakers, and obtained support from companies such as REI. In one night, they raised $20,725.
This kind of response has typified Planet Granite’s team since opening its first facility in 1994. One of the first climbing gyms in the country, Planet Granite has expanded to three gyms in Belmont, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale. The diverse array of climbing resources at each location led Popsugar to name the gym conglomerate one of the top five in San Francisco in 2011. At the Sunnyvale location, members scale 25,000 square feet of climbable surfaces that ascend from low bouldering terrains to 60-foot walls.
In keeping with their commitment to community, the staff tailors instruction and climbing routes to every ability level and affinity for hand sweatiness. They also supervise each gyms’ fully equipped fitness centers, ranging from CrossFit to yoga, which provides a peaceful counterbalance to the full-body workout of rock climbing.
Fit For Life’s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.