Peoples Choice

2019 People’s Choice: Health and Fitness

Athletic Club

1. Gb3

Multiple locations

Gb3 is convenient and comprehensive when it comes to fitness in the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.

With five locations — including the 50,000-square-foot Super Club at Champlain Drive and Shepherd Avenue — Gb3 provides many choices if you’re looking to break a sweat.

Gb3 clubs feature top-brand fitness equipment such as Star Trac, BodyMaster, Precor, Cybex, Hoist Roc-It and LifeFitness. With so many brands, Gb3 members can vary their workouts and stay motivated. “The body does build up resistance with one line of equipment,” says Gb3 owner George Brown. “If you have a lot of equipment to choose from, you keep seeing results and you don’t get bored.”

All Gb3 clubs offer a variety of exercise classes at no extra charge. Depending on location, members can choose from cycle, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and more.

Gb3 offers a free one-time one-week trial, available online or at one of the clubs. New members receive three free one-on-one sessions with Gb3 trainers. “We find out about their fitness goals, their needs, and their medical histories,” Brown says. “Then we customize a workout for them, and it gets them on the right track.”

Gb3 also makes it easy to transfer membership from other fitness centers by waiving the standard initial membership fee.

2. Planet Fitness

Multiple locations

3. Fit Republic

Multiple locations


1. Schroeder Family Chiropractic

2535 N. Fresno St.

(559) 226-2535

Serving for four generations, Schroeder Family Chiropractic has your back — literally — when you have aches and pains. Today, there are more than 65 chiropractors in the family, including Dr. Thomas Schroeder, Dr. Madeline Schroeder and Dr. Rebecca Schroeder.

The family-owned and -operated chiropractic clinic is located on Fresno Street near Clinton Avenue.

The family of chiropractors is trained on the latest treatments and techniques to improve the quality of your life. They strive to provide a safe, effective and natural approach to managing your concerns. The most common ailments that they provide care for on a regular basis are headaches, pain in the lower back and neck, and injuries caused by an automobile accident.

The chiropractic clinic is also involved in the community — giving back through volunteering at Poverello House and taking missionary trips to El Salvador.

2. Feel Good Chiropractic

5132 N. Fresno St.

(559) 225-3335

3. Integrity Chiropractic

1782 E. Bullard Ave., Suite 102

(559) 439-9001

Diet Headquarters

1. Weight Watchers

840 Herndon Ave., Suite 101, Clovis

7859 N. Blackstone Ave.

Weight Watchers’ Freestyle program is proven to help people lose weight and feel happier, but that doesn’t mean the company is resting on its laurels. Weight Watchers, the People’s Choice for Diet Headquarters, has been reimagined. Now known as simply WW, the name reflects the company becoming the world’s partner in wellness. It will always be the global leader in weight loss, but now WW welcomes anyone who wants to build healthy habits — whether that means eating better, moving more, developing a positive mindset, focusing on weight … or all of the above.

To reward members for building healthy habits, WW recently introduced WellnessWins, a one-of-a-kind rewards program. The number on the scale is only one indicator of overall health; wellness is about building habits that last a lifetime. So now members will be recognized and rewarded with credits — aka “Wins” — for the healthy behaviors they do each day — like tracking their meals, activity and weight. Members will also get personalized emails that show how many Wins they’ve racked up and offer encouragement if they need a boost. Rewards include fitness class passes, an organizer and a closet update. WellnessWins is free with a WW subscription, and the WW app does all the work.

More than 60 years ago, WW founder Jean Nidetch began inviting friends into her Queens home once a week, to discuss how best to lose weight. Today, that group of friends has grown to millions of women and men around the world who use the products and services of WW to lose unwanted pounds.

2. GNC

Multiple locations

3. Nutrishop

Multiple locations

Eye Doctor/Group

1. Eye Medical Center of Fresno

1360 E. Herndon Ave., Suites 301 and 210

1122 S St.

(559) 486-5000

Eye Medical Center of Fresno comprises of a team of nearly 20 optometrists and ophthalmologists who have followed a tradition of delivering high-quality care to patients for more than 75 years.

With two locations in the Fresno-Clovis area, the fellowship-trained doctors provide comprehensive exams and treatment for conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease and macular degeneration. They perform retinal, corneal and oculoplastic surgeries, as well as refractive and laser eye surgeries like LASIK, PRK and clear lens extraction. The center also specializes in cosmetic procedures including blepharoplasty, browplasty, injectable fillers and BOTOX.

As part of the mission statement, the center gives back to the community by offering scholarships to students in Fresno County. In 2018, 14 students from Clovis Unified School District and Fresno Unified School District were awarded a total of $6,000 in scholarships.

2. Eye-Q Vision Care

726 N. Medical Center Drive East, Suite 101, Clovis

7075 N. Sharon Ave.

(559) 486-2000

3. Fogg, Maxwell, Lanier & Remington EyeCare

Multiple locations


1. Clovis Community Medical Center

2755 Herndon Ave., Clovis

(559) 324-4000

Located on Herndon and Temperance avenues, Clovis Community Medical Center provides high-quality care and state-of-the-art technology for a wide range of services including the 24-hour emergency room, labor and delivery, critical/intensive care, radiology, physical therapy and weight-loss surgery.

The latest project was the Community Cancer Institute, which was completed in the summer of 2018. The 10,000-square-foot center combines world-renowned doctors and first-class expertise. Services include imaging, radiation, chemotherapy and other vital services designed to ease a patient’s journey through treatment.

CCMC is also home to the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center — California’s premier care center for breast cancer — and the Leon S. & Pete P. Peters Future Generations Center, which welcomes more than 5,000 babies each year.

2. Valley Children’s Healthcare

9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera

(559) 353-3000

3. Saint Agnes Medical Center

1303 E. Herndon Ave.

(559) 450-3000

Martial Arts Center

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MARTIAL ARTS: Fresno Ultimate Martial Arts is the People’s Choice winner. Here are Wendy and Rudy Carrillo, with Demetri Varner, Liam Carrillo and Tyler Fink.

1. Fresno Ultimate Martial Arts

7731 N. First St.

(559) 261-2805

Build strength and confidence at Fresno Ultimate Martial Arts. Located at First Street and Nees Avenue, the 5,500-square-foot martial arts center was started by Rudy Carrillo and his wife in 2008.

Carrillo has been studying martial arts and fitness since his youth, which led him to open Fresno UMA. He says Fresno UMA offers six programs for toddlers to adults. Children can enroll in Lil’ Dragons (ages 3-5), Youth Martial Arts (ages 6-10) or Teen Martial Arts (ages 11-15). Adults (18+) have the options of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and fitness classes.

Carrillo says when you join Fresno UMA, you become a part of the family.

“We believe on building relationships with our members,” Carrillo adds.

The martial arts center is equipped with 15-foot ceilings, Fuji Mats and a climate-controlled training room. Instructors are certified and licensed to teach martial arts.

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2. Guido’s Martial Arts Academy

130 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 102 Clovis

(559) 477-2053

3. Pacific Martial Arts

Multiple locations

(559) 436-4641

Women’s Fitness Center

1. Gb3

Multiple locations

Women looking to tone up, lose weight, increase their cardio capacity and more will find a variety of equipment and classes at Gb3’s five locations in Fresno and Clovis.

Gb3 owner George Brown says his clubs probably have three times more equipment than other fitness centers, which benefits Gb3 members. “We give women the opportunity to change their workouts and not do the same thing day in and day out,” Brown says. Using different machines helps keep members motivated to continue their fitness routines, he adds.

A wide selection of classes provides the same benefit. “We have classes that can fit most people and their goals,” Brown says. Some of the classes are water aerobics, cycling, Pilates, yoga and Zumba.

Women new to Gb3 sometimes say they don’t want to work out with men nearby, Brown says: “But they soon realize our clubs have a low-key and friendly atmosphere, and they feel comfortable — like they’re in their front rooms.” Gb3 offers a free one-time one-week trial, available online or at one of the clubs. New members receive three free one-on-one sessions with Gb3 trainers.

All five Gb3 clubs offer professional daycare, which is available during weekdays and Saturdays. There is a minimal charge. Activities are geared for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years.

2. Whole Body Boot Camp

1519 Tollhouse Ave., Suite 102, Clovis

(559) 978-6163

3. Rhonda’s Fitness

686 E. Bullard Ave., Suite 102

(559) 431-3600

Yoga Studio

1. Blue Moon Yoga

1144 E. Champlain Drive, Suite 104

(559) 434-2469

Transform your mind, body and soul at Blue Moon Yoga. Owned by Britney and Mike Easton since 2013, the yoga studio brings the heat — literally. The room is heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The first location is rooted at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue. In 2018, the second location opened at Clovis and Herndon avenues in the Trading Post Shopping Center.

“It was the first hot yoga studio in the Central Valley,” says Christine Brown, the marketing manager for Blue Moon Yoga.

The combination of heat and humidity increases your heart rate providing an incredible cardiovascular workout while increasing your metabolism. It also warms your muscles, making them more pliable, and makes you sweat (a lot) allowing you to release toxins, cleanse your body and melt away excess fat.

Blue Moon Yoga offers four types of hot yoga: Hot Hatha, Hot Vinyasa Flow, Beginner Low-Heat Vinyasa and Hot Fusion Flow. It also offers Inferno Hot Pilates, which is designed to sculpt and tone your body while improving cardiovascular health.

“You aren’t just working on the outside — you’re also working on the inside,” Brown says.

Brown believes that “everyone needs yoga,” which led her to be an instructor at Blue Moon Yoga. There are a total of 24 instructors who have a passion for yoga, as well as being part of the community.

The second location features the Blue Moon Juice Bar, which serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls.

2. Fig Garden Yoga Studio

6045 N. Palm Ave., Suite A

(559) 222-5100

3. Perfect Balance Yoga

5091 N. Fresno St., Suite 133

(559) 222-6212