Under the guidance of an experienced team of yoga instructors, students of all abilities come to Arden Hot Yoga's expansive practice space seven days a week to increase their flexibility, strengthen their muscles, and reduce stress. Classes available include Bikram yoga, power Vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and Barre Fit, a fusion of yoga and Pilates techniques that helps build core strength using a ballet barre. Arden is now located in a larger facility, housing two studios and offering free childcare for specific classes.
Though their individual specialties differ, Fourth Power Fitness?s staff members?a certified personal trainer, a CrossFit coach, and a former competitive boxer?compile a gym system whose goals are universal. Instructors prioritize exercises that are relevant to the body's real-life movements into a regimen that can be tackled by guests of all ages and abilities. Members can conduct solo workouts during open-gym hours or attend a variety of classes. First Fit, for example, caters to beginners with its cardio- and strength-themed circuits that are meant to tone muscles, promote weight loss, and ensure every pickle jar in each student?s home can be opened. Alternatively, Sports Performance Training strives to boost athletes' speed and power on the field. The routines in these programs abide by the four qualities?or "powers"?referenced in the gym's name: ground-based, complex, explosive, and functional.
Students also participate in calisthenics and machine-based workouts, taking advantage of the facility?s amenities, which range from racks of medicine balls to the indoor track. In addition to classes, trainer Kenneth Hall also offers nutritional guidance in the form of custom meal plans.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Del Norte Aquatics, three heated pools are located both indoors and outdoors, facilitating year-round practice and lessons. Using curriculum developed by the USA Olympic swimming team, the center's coaches teach swimmers of all ages and ability levels everything from flotation skills to basic, intermediate, and advanced strokes, transitioning through the caterpillar squirm and chrysalis float before learning the butterfly. Aside from instruction, Del Norte offers 20 aqua-fitness classes per week, which leverage water’s natural resistance to tone muscles during low-impact, challenging workouts.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
CrossFit studios pulse with high-intensity workout routines. As students undergo varied exercises from the scheduled Workout of the Day, a shoal of coaches circumnavigates the floor, guiding movements, ensuring safety, and stopping any public displays of affection between star-crossed kettlebells. Combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques, CrossFit aims to build the kind of resilience, strength, and versatility that lends itself to every athletic endeavor, equipping students with the stamina to conquer any challenge they might face. Instructors scale each workout up or down to accommodate individual levels of fitness or exercisers recovering from restrictive injuries.