By: jayda_diegel
First Step Fitness
When I became a member of First Step Fitness last year my goal was to lose the weight which had been creeping up on me for the past 25 years. I am a real estate broker and was experiencing difficulty walking up the stairs because of problem knees and shortness of breath. My blood pressure was very high and necessitated monthly monitoring visits to my family. I knew I had to engage the help of a personal trainer. I have been working out ever since with personal trainer Mike Matuz. He is a most remarkable young man who has been training, encouraging and cajoling me in this wonderful world of weight lifting. He has provided me with an integrated education system to help me make changes in my life to achieve optimal health on all levels. His extensive nutritional knowledge has completely influenced the way I approach the tasks of grocery shopping, preparing meals and of course eating. Oh, and by the way, I'm 65 years old! After just one year, my body fat has gone from 38% to 19.6% and my weight was reduced from 165 lbs to 134 lbs. My clothing size has shrunk from size 16 to size 8. With Mike’s constant encouragement, I have completely turned my life around. I no longer have high blood pressure and my endurance level seems endless. I hope to be an First Step Fitness Member for many years to come… Thank you!
By: shirleywatts
First Step Fitness
I admit it. I am a former couch potato and the thought of joining a gym scared the beejezus out of me. Tons of people watching your fat a... trying to get less fat . . . not fun. Not fun at all. I started at First Step Fitness right after the first of the year . . . god damn New Year's resolutions . . . and have been going two to three days a week ever since.Sticking with the weight machines (not able to fly freestyle yet) and the treadmill and recumbant bike I have created a routine that works really well for me. So well, in fact, that I've lost 30 pounds since January 1st. The place is always clean. The trainers and members are always friendly. There is usually space enough for everyone (I've only seen more than 12 people there once when I had to go around lunchtime). The music isn't obnoxious . Overall, a great place for your "first step" with a gym.
By: Rhonda S.
Appliance Guard
I am a working mom and finding time for any home related issues is always a struggle. Thats why my time is precious, and in the past i have been shunned by service providers. I would like to extend my praises to Appliance Guard for not letting me down. Here is how my experience shaped up. Called to make an appointment on a saturday and received a same day appt, technician notified me 20 minutes before arrival, our GE washer decided to stop mid cycle and lock up, we had clothes sitting in the tub for a few days and were hoping this could be taken care of. The tech managed to find the issue in a few minutes and then after receiving approval for repairs, provided repairs...took about 30 minutes and my lock was replaced, control panel was reset and i was back in business. This was a great experience and most importantly they came though like the said they would.
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By: Daniel V.
AAA Appliance & Heating Services
Nick correctly diagnosed the problem and made a repair. He spent less than 30 minutes on the job, including a 10-minute trip to his car to pick up a replacement part. He replaced the starter box and charged me $250. I challenged the amount and Nick was unable to explain how he came up with it. His response was, that if I had to replace the entire unit, it would cost me over $1,500. I paid. I them researched on the Internet and consulted a friend who is in the same line business in another city, and everyone confirmed that i should have paid no more than $150. Since the part was well below $50, Nick's hourly rate is apparently $400, Way too much for AC repairs. Stay away from repair people like Nick who pull their prices out of thin air.
By: R marie G.
Curves Downtown Long Beach
This location is the largest Curves facility in Long Beach. Open 7 days /week. We provide our members with a fun, convenient, comfortable environment, where you will find all the support you need to meet your goals. The Curves Work-out takes just 30 minutes and includes all the components needed for a complete exercise program - warm-up, cardiovascular, strength training, cool down, and stretching. We now have Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels- cutting-edge total body workouts & Curves Complete- fully integrated, personalized weight loss/management plan. Also offered is Curves Circuit with ZUMBA classes. It's great FUN. Come in and try a free week now.
By: mary.jeffries
First Step Fitness
These guys are awesome! Mike is my favorite coach because always push me to the limit when ever I work out and the environment is always fun and supportive. What makes First Step different??? Well to start off First Step stands for Optimum Gene Expression Reformatting. No they don't literally mess around with your actual genes under a needle and a microscope but the methods, diets and exercises that they implement are designed to target fitness at it's source - the genetic level! It's definitely a nod to how cutting edge they are. You want to get stronger while getting younger? Go to First Step.! Cheers!
By: Pam R.
Appliance Guard
Been using them for years and glad to say they still provide exceptional service on appliances, I had my GE fridge serviced by them back in 09 and today they repaired my Whirlpool washer. Service fee is low and they have 3 hour windows but they call ahead. I was joking with the tech today and told him my dryer, heater, oven and microwave have all been problematic over the last few years and he gave me advice and tips on how to prevent potential issues with the appliances and what to look for when its time to purchase a new appliance. Great company and they have a custom for life!
By: shaggy008
First Step Fitness
I visited this gym when I did a gym tour of the gyms in my neighborhood when I first moved to Long Beach. I visited a handful of gyms, and even though the sales person and the receptionist weren't really friendly, I fell in love with the facilities here! A beautiful studio area for their classes. Sure the receptionist still isn't the friendliest person, and the girls dress like they're headed to the club here, but I loooooove coming here. People watching is awesome (seriously, what are they wearing?), I can relax and it's never crowded. That and there's free parking!!
By: Lionel S.
First Step Fitness
I joined this gym about two months ago. The staff is extremely friendly, always acknowledging you by first name as you enter the workout facility. The machines are all in working order. The people that work out there are fit but hey that's what a gym is for. The locker room is always clean when I go in there and I usually see the staff their at least three times a week giving it a mop up. It does get a bit hot at times but if your serious about working out, well you are supposed to sweat.
By: Kathy B.
Devereaux Construction Inc
Peter Devereaux came by to give me an estimate to repair our 1930's hand stenciled mahogany front door which had been clawed by a dog. Even though I had already given the work to another company, he thoughtfully talked through the work that needed to be done on our door. His ideas were helpful in our decision making and sided on mainatinaing the integrity of the wood and hand stenciling. Highly recommend him to anyone that needs a thoughtful approach to work on their home.
Tips & Advices
If the washing machine is overloaded or all the clothes are packed to one side, the imbalance can cause the washing machine to jerk and shake. These vibrations can be violent enough to slam the machine against other objects, possibly causing damage to its exterior.
Refrigerator coils should be cleaned at least twice a year. Households with pets should clean their refrigerator coils more frequently.
To reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends homeowners set their refrigerators at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and their freezers at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
In terms of operations and upkeep, gas dryers are less expensive than electric. The actual savings depends on the cost of gas vs. electricity in the area. Still, gas dryers heat up faster than electric ones do, making them slightly more energy efficient. However, gas dryers are priced higher than electric ones, so homeowners should prepare to pay more at the outset.
Proper maintenance helps most home appliances last longer. Homeowner's should check their user's manuals for insight on how often to inspect, clean or upgrade their appliances.

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