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.
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.
Weak bodies are whittled into lean, muscular fighting machines as instructors at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teach the martial arts styles used for UFC competition, self-defense, and overall conditioning. Men, women, and kids train in the company of students such as professional fighter Cain Velasquez and instructor Daniel Cormier, a former Olympian. AKA splits its MMA, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing classes among four facilities, with group-training sessions and private professional sessions taking place in modern training studios with heavy bags, speed bags, and Olympic-grade mats. The Hillside location also features a professional-size ring for sparring or marriage-proposal practice, and the two-story AKA headquarters on Realm Avenue highlights an MMA cage, TRX suspension room, and cardio theater stocked with StairMasters and Jacobs Ladder machines.
Health and fitness have always been integral to Ironwill Fitness 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 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 kettlebells, Olympic bars, and other equipment to oust extra pounds and strengthen core musculature.
According to the trainers at 3Fit, fitness is a way of life. And that way of life encompasses not only a healthy routine and satisfying workouts, but a mind-body-spirit path to a healthier and happier body. Part of that approach often includes personal training, where trainers design a totally customized experience and workouts that specifically shed fat and evict calories that have long overstayed their welcome. 3Fit also offers boot camp, an intense lifting program done in a group setting.
The certified trainers at Fitness Incorporated have one goal: empowering their patrons to lead fitter and healthier lives. They lead group fitness classes, including CrossFit, boxing, and Brazilian jiujitsu along with one-on-one personal-training sessions to help guests meet their wellness goals. To supplement the fitness component, Fitness Incorporated also offers nutrition and weight-loss programs to help patrons slim down without relying on risky fad diets.