In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
More than 13,000 square feet of fitness splendor greets each prospective corpus contortionist at the India Community Center's welcoming health club. Dozens of modern cardio-equipment machines await the lovable limbs and torsos of hopeful hardbodies, including ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, life-sized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and exercise bicycles. Each apparatus features its own personal television and coin-operated hugging device. If the support of fellow flexers is desired for muscular motivation, the center hosts more than 50 group classes per week for exercisers four and up, including yoga, Zumba, group cycling, step aerobics, and Bollywood CardioDance. Before a session in the free-weight area, bodybuilding parents can feel free to drop off kids aged three months to 12 years ($3.50 per session or $15 per month) at the Play Care area for controlled Tonka truck lifting and stationary cycles with training wheels.
At CrossFit Milpitas, a team of fitness experts leads exercisers through beginner-level CrossFit training sessions that focus on high-intensity everyday movements. While gathered inside the 5,000-square-foot facility, fitness students follow instructors through a medley of functional movements inspired by common activities such as squatting, jumping, climbing, and squeezing into oversize birthday cakes. Compound exercises target various muscles, joints, and tendons at once, and varied workout routines optimize efficacy of muscle sculpting and weight loss. Novice participants can check out the schedule for upcoming beginner-level sessions, which coaches recommend taking for about one month before moving into advanced classes or volunteering to help Sisyphus with his daily yard work.
We are a small studio/gym that was established to provide a private setting for our personal training clients. Most "big box" gyms of offer personal training, but the client is usually run through their workout in front of the entire gym. This can be both intimidating & humiliating for some people.
Months and months of training go into a mixed-martial-arts bout—just ask Unlimited MMA’s staff. Owner and head coach Rudi Ott is a former middleweight sanshou champion in the International Kickboxing Federation and International Shotokan Karate Federation. It’s no surprise, then, that Unlimited MMA's specialty is sanshou and Brazilian jujitsu, though it also offers muay thai, kickboxing, mixed-martial-arts, and CrossFit classes. All of the classes are intense and a majority of them combine self-defense and good old-fashioned sweating, which are usually only combined when someone’s mad at their oven. The workouts take place throughout the week at Fitness For 10 health club.
Drop into hip-hop (Tuesday, 8–9 p.m.) to energize your stale disco moves; materialize in tap (Wednesday, 7–8 p.m.) to invigorate your toes with rhythm; dance and shake off the calories, Latin-style, with Zumba (Thursday, 8–9 p.m.); or open up a can of grace with ballet (Saturday, 12–1 p.m.). With five gleaming studios and a full squad of certified dance instructors breaking the beat together under a single roof, this much dance has not been gathered in one place since the release of YouTube as a DVD box set. The drop-in classes are designed to accommodate dancers of all skill and experience levels. The small class size ensures the type of personal attention formerly only children longed for upon the arrival of a newborn baby brother. Sign up with a few friends to gain new moves and lose a few pounds in the process.