Boasting free parking and a sparkling new facility, Forma Gym equips exercisers with top-notch classes, trainers, and nutritional programs to help achieve whole-body wellness. Guests can stop into group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, kettlebells, and TRX. Feet and hips can shake and kick off stress with a Latin dance–inspired Zumba class or a martial-arts class.
UFC Gym - Walnut Creek’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym- Walnut Creek sculpts six-packs with boxing and kickboxing classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
YogaWorks' expert instructors open the door to lithe well-being with a variety of yoga stretching, flowing, and strengthening classes for pupils of all levels. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, each instructor focuses on the needs of the students and develops posing prowess with a varied schedule. Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow classes feature a dynamic series of postures that hone alignment, concentration, and the confident grace to approach a yoga mat without startling it. More exotic stretching sessions include therapeutic lyengar yoga, a prop-based style ideal for students recovering from injuries or those in chronic pain, and ISHTA yoga, which melds personalized poses with meditative pranayama breathing. Fast-paced YogaWorks Cardio Flow sessions harness a driving soundtrack and energetically engage students with a swift series of basic poses and sun salutations to improve circulation and sculpt a muscular form more quickly than an espresso-fueled Michelangelo.
Walnut Creek Sports and Fitness Club whips members into top shape with racquetball courts, personal training, and more than 70 fitness classes each week. One-on-one width-whittling sessions take place under the expertly trained eyes of an experienced personal trainer. After going over health history, training goals, and lifetime thumb-wrestling records, girth-evicting gurus help clients develop a personalized exercise program before overseeing two full workout sessions (a $70 value each). Full-access membership (a $96 value per month) also nets access to unlimited group classes including cycling, step, Pilates, yoga, and strength-based sessions.
Lynch Fitness doesn't have a traditional gym's ubiquitous rows of cardio equipment, stacks of heavy weights, or people-size hamster wheels. Instead, the airy studio's sizeable windows shed natural light on nationally certified trainers leading boot-camp classes focused on functional motions and circuit training. Their approach foregoes weightlifting and machines that limit bodies to singular movements. The sweat-summoning workouts are more dynamic and eclectic than that, as members might find themselves using TRX suspension-training bands, modifying body-weight exercises on a BOSU ball, or twirling heavy ropes. Most of the classes last 45 minutes, and trainers help members incinerate a higher number of calories by encouraging them in constant motion throughout the workout.
In addition to the boot camps, the trainers also offer personal-training sessions to hone in on individual goals. Monthly seminars, a running club, and group outings such as a standup paddleboarding adventure encourage group camaraderie and extend active lifestyles outside of the gym.
Occupational therapists Dr. Brian R. Foltz and Ross E. Sato founded Pediatric Motor Playground to help children aged 2.5–12 develop physical and academic skills needed to succeed in school. At centers in Lafayette and Danville, the therapists and their team of educational-fitness instructors guide kids through the company's patented Motor Curriculum: 50 straight minutes of activities specifically designed to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination and social interaction. During these sessions, instructors might have kids play basketball, climb on foam-padded gym equipment, exercise with fitness balls, and practice their handwriting.
Dr. Foltz and Mr. Sato aren't comfortable just letting any instructor or animated snowman teach their curriculum. Each educational-fitness instructor completes at least 240 supervised hours of training and must pass both written and physical evaluations.
If the punching bags that line the workout rooms at Max Combat Fitness could talk, they would probably still keep their mouths shut. That’s how scared they are of the professional and amateur fighters who inflict a beating on them every day during the gym’s muay thai and mixed-martial-arts classes. Led by chiseled combatant George Tsutsui, the team of instructors leads students of all ages and skill levels through the basics of hand-to-hand martial arts. If they aren’t interested in learning MMA strikes or jujitsu grappling techniques, students can burn calories in cardio-kickboxing classes that eschew contact in favor of aerobic dance moves. Similarly, the gym’s conditioning classes improve strength, speed, stamina, and flexibility through stretching exercises and explosive bursts of movement.