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.
Beyond Fab Fitness owner and instructor Jaycee brings her passion for up-tempo, women-friendly dance workouts to a full schedule of fun, intense courses. When describing her passion for energetic exercises set to music, the mother of two recalls her own search for the perfect fat-burning, rattle-quieting workout after giving birth to her second child. That mission landed her in Jazzercise classes, whose success inspired Jaycee to seek a fitness certification and teach her own classes in striptease, booty-shaking cardio workouts, and basic mat Pilates. Jaycee choreographs her own routines and designs them to empower fitness vixens of all ages, zodiac signs, and experience levels in a fun, supportive environment in which to get fit and lose weight.
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.
Inside the cozy stucco abode, students stretch their way to stronger and more pliable bodies with Purple Monkey Yoga’s eclectic selection of classes. A small and friendly army of experienced instructors guide students through vigorous Vinyasa flows, one-hour restorative Yin-yoga classes, and Zumba sweat sessions that ditch the mat for easy-to-follow dance steps set to energetic Latin beats. To foster the feel-good notions yoga inspires in its students, Purple Monkey Yoga Studio runs its own nonprofit organization that provides yoga pro bono to high-risk teens, men, women, and marshmallow men alike.
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.
When discussing the appeal of Zumba fitness classes with reporters from Union City Patch, instructor Cindy Avery explained, "You don't feel like you're working out—most people don't get tired of dancing. That's the fun part about it!" Cindy helped her sister Heidi Oatis spearhead Dans' di Ballo' Dance Studio, where a team of energetic instructors lead Zumba classes throughout the week. During sessions, they guide students of all fitness levels through energetic Latin-dance inspired movements as upbeat music floods the bright studio. The trainers also offer a Zumba toning class, which infuses dance routines with muscle-toning exercises.