At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
Located on the corner of Governor Drive and Regents Road in University City, Chakra Pilates offers its clients the opportunity to strengthen their core in a comfortable and supportive environment. Their professionally trained and certified instructors facilitate classes that are both challenging and enjoyable, and participants are encouraged to grow through the Pilates principles of fitness, with classes ranging from beginner to veteran. The studio space here has a clean and modern finish that comes complete with natural bamboo floors, and provides an intimate setting to learn from instructors one-on-one or in a group setting. A great collection of Pilates equipment rounds out the offerings, and their helpful instructors are attentive to personal goals and abilities. Those who frequent this studio praise its familial atmosphere and the overall results of their techniques.
Be the Change Yoga & Wellness operates under the belief that the health of a community depends on the well-being of each of its members. As such, the yoga studio and wellness center provides individuals with the necessary tools to create positive change, starting within themselves. Yoga classes are open to students of all experience levels, and include a variety of styles, such as revitalizing Vinyasa, gentle beginners classes, and Yin sessions, which focus on deep stretching.
When walking into Glow Yoga & Wellness, the peaceful atmosphere is the first thing you notice. Leafy green plants and flowers blossom from planters, and the sun slants onto the walls, which are inscribed with inspirational quotes. This soothing exercise and wellness center is focused on helping its clients heal and rejuvenate from the inside out, and offers Vinyasa yoga, Zumba, and Pilates, as well as massage, facials, and red light therapy to stimulate collagen production. Within the soothing sanctuary, members gather to take yoga and painting workshops, receive Reikei energy treatments, and support and encourage each other along the journey to wellness.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
When the clock strikes noon, most people start thinking about what’s for lunch. The instructors at Okunami Workplace Yoga, on the other hand, begin leading their students through a warm-up at the noon hour to prep them for an invigorating 50-minute yoga routine. They travel to highly populated office buildings throughout the Sacramento area on weekdays where they motivate businesspeople to launch into a midday workout to break up an otherwise sedentary day at the office. Instructor and owner Valerie Okunami’s passion for yoga shines through each class she leads, as she helps aspiring yogis of all ages and abilities lead more active and healthy lifestyles. In addition to traveling to their preset locations to lead public classes, she and her staff make special trips by request to office sites to lead private group lessons.