All Zumba instructors claim to create a party-like atmosphere, but Raquel Call delivers on the promise by taking her routines all the way into the club. During evening classes at Vice Ultra Lounge, the lights dim and the beats resonate as though Raquel and her students are kicking off nights on the town. Special events incorporate themes and costumes, such as retro leggings for an ‘80s bash or sweatpants designed by Betsy Ross for Independence Day. Raquel also pays homage to her Brazilian roots with Carnival celebrations and Brazilian Nights, where she showcases her background in samba while dancing to live South American music.
Amid all the gyrating, it's easy for her pupils to forget that they're burning calories. However, Raquel's testimonials and weight-loss stories speak to the benefits of her classes. Her expertise enables her to host master classes with established guest instructors, and earned her Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay award for Best Zumba Class in 2012. By helming additional classes in yoga, samba, and Zumba Toning, she helps her guests pursue their fitness goals with a combination of poise and pizzazz.
The fitness instructors, personal trainers, and nutritionists at ClubSport wield the foundations of total-body wellness: detailed knowledge and cutting-edge equipment. Group classes such as cardio kickboxing, cycling, and circuit training showcase routines for all fitness levels, seven days a week. Personal-training sessions, meanwhile, bring help exercisers develop their own fitness plans and face down the imaginary knight that guards every piece of weight-training equipment.
ClubSport also transforms bodies outside the fitness studio and weight room. A self-described resort-style aquatic center features several lap and exercise pools where swimmers can fine-tune their breaststrokes and favorite shark calls. At an on-site spa, massage therapists ease muscle tension with modalities ranging from hot stone and prenatal to trigger point and reflexology.
Between partner-based exercises and the inspirational commands of a certified personal trainer, community is a constant motivator during EmpowerFIT’s boot-camp classes. The savvy team of fitness gurus switch up the maneuvers of each daily class to help keep students engaged, and high- and low-impact variations of each move scale to the abilities of each student. The result is a full-body workout that relies on functional movements such as jumping, running, pushing, pulling, and bopping it.
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.
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.
When Lisa Rasmussen and Trippe Roloff aren't training clients, they're running, hiking, cycling, and weight-lifting. That's because the Forward Fitness trainers practice what they preach. By incorporating fitness into their daily routines, they share their passion with their clients and show them the importance of working out, eating right, and burning calories without setting all the donuts in the pantry on fire.
Together they lead patrons on a quest to fitter physiques with high-intensity outdoor boot-camp classes. They've designed a range of classes to accommodate clients of all fitness levels, whether you want to sculpt chiseled abs or up your endurance and overall fitness. For one-on-one attention, they also host private boot camps and personal-training sessions.