Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.
iFLY simulates skydiving without plummeting toward the earth at 9.8 meters per second by floating patrons in a vertical wind tunnel. Unlike an amusement-park ride, simulator, or a jump off a one-story house, the vertical wind tunnel re-creates the experience of actual flying, with professional instructors controlling the airflow the entire time and communicating with fliers via hand signals. iFLY’s cache of earplugs, flight suits, helmets, and goggles keep divers protected during flight. iFLY plans flights for groups of all sizes and occasions including birthdays, corporate events, and summer camps.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Within the serene confines of its Smith Street studio in Union City, Worlds Yoga preaches a simple philosophy?that precise posture and alignment can usher an empowered life transformation. It's hard to argue with the results, as the compassionate instructors use a hands-on approach to adjust myriad poses in a wide selection of methods. Classes touch on hot yoga methods such as Power and Vinyasa, restorative methods such as Hatha and Hot Stone, and even dance methods such as Zumba.
In addition to cardio and weight-training equipment, ClubSport Green Valley hosts sundry athletic endeavors from running to swimming to shooting hoops. Runners can leave the stationary machines behind and hoof it on the three-lane indoor track, which provides separate lanes for walking, jogging, and fleeing packs of wild medicine balls. With courts designated for racquetball, squash, tennis, volleyball, and basketball, patrons can hone their ball-handling skills, and swimmers can paddle in the six-lane outdoor pool or the four-lane indoor pool.
The certified fitness trainers instruct guests in using the facility’s Precor and Life Fitness weight and cardio equipment, and supervise sets in the designated stretching and core-training area. When not conducting personal-training sessions, trainers lead group classes of step, power sculpting, Zumba, and Pilates. The staff also wrangles children aged 6 weeks to 12 years old in Kids World, helping them burn extra energy with fitness activities and arts and crafts as their caretakers burn calories.
The certified instructors from American Swim Academy recognize that, unlike many other mammals, humans aren't born with the ability to swim safely. Their passion for teaching students how to glide through the water without worry propels each class at the academy and inspires students of all ages to silence the mocking comments from their neighbor's dolphin. Each instructor must have obtained both CPR and academy swim training before leading lessons, which are structured to meet students' abilities.
Furthering the tenants of safety and control, all academy classes are hosted inside an indoor facility with pools designed specifically for instruction. Waters are heated to 92 degrees and feature wide steps, teaching stations, and shallow areas for small children. On-deck managers oversee each class to heighten student safety and shout out Olympic swimming records every five minutes for inspiration.