Forma is still sparkling from the recent updates to its facility, which complements its class schedule with future-compliant equipment. Real Ryder bikes challenge core muscles to a bitter, spandex-laden duel with lateral movement during the spinning class. In TRX suspension classes, straps extend from the ceiling to lift your backside into the air, and a high-energy strength and core workout keeps it lifted all day long. Happy feet and yummy hips alike can shake off stress and stubborn ticks with a Latin-dance-inspired Zumba class. Forma can also banish flab from life-sized action figures with martial arts and Pilates classes. Stretch out beforehand with a one-on-one yoga session with an expert instructor, who will engage every muscle with flowing asanas or by proposing to them on the Jumbotron. Forma provides complimentary parking for up to two hours.
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.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
You’ll be free to stretch yourself in a dozen different flavors of yoga yogurt at any of the eight YogaWorks LA-area locations (see sidebar for locations covered by this Groupon). As an added bonus, the first lucky contortioneers to redeem today's deal will receive a complimentary YogaWorks DVD (a $15 value, limited number available). Today's deal cannot be used towards Pilates classes, but it is valid for Pilates mat classes.
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.