Named one of CityVoter's Top Five Pilates Studios for 2011, Lift Pilates strengthens core muscles and sleekifies physiques with engaging exercise classes. Lift instructors have earned their six-pack stripes through the prestigious Stott Pilates education and certification program, preparing them to cosset precious torsos while promoting the flexibility, impeccable posture, and graceful movement of an enchanted pipe cleaner. Spine and tummy tutelage take place in one-hour group mat classes that aim to tone bodies, improve endurance, and build a barricade of muscles to protect spines from injuries and everyday hexes. Belt-strangled middles enjoy freedom of movement inside the airy, 1,500-square-foot eco-studio, outfitted with a bamboo desk, cork floor, and other sustainable materials incorporated throughout. Check the schedule for class times.
Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness helps people realize the full benefits of dance, including personal enjoyment, fitness, and cultural expression. Fiesta’s team of skilled instructors lead dance classes that draw on a number of different cultures and styles, such as ballet, flamenco, and Bollywood. High-energy fitness classes, meanwhile, include Pilates and Zumba. Because of the breadth of offerings, you can focus on overall health with cardio or strength training, clarify your mind with musical instrument and yoga classes, or cool down with intermediate freeze-tag sessions.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
The staffers at Barefoot Yoga Studio have a few rules that keep their space serene, but one of them is so important, they made it a part of the studio’s name. As far back as yogis have existed, they’ve practiced without shoes, so students respectfully remove theirs and store them in the designated changing area. This small act, along with the rest of the studio’s suggested etiquette, helps create the calming environment practitioners need as they challenge themselves in 90-minute Power Flow and Vinyasa Flow classes. Cell phones are hushed before clients enter the studio, and the doors are locked 15 minutes after the start of each class to prevent latecomers and flash mobs from barging in and ruining students' concentration.
Power Flow classes take place in a room heated to 85 degrees in order to promote detoxification and make muscles more pliable. The series of poses—a mix of Ashtanga, hot-, and power-yoga moves—provides a cardiovascular workout while also building strength, stamina, and flexibility. Alternatively, Vinyasa Flow takes place in a room kept at a normal temperature; students transition through moves with slow, dance-like precision as they sync movement with breath. The staff also teaches a balancing restorative-yoga series, as well as prenatal yoga and yoga for kids.
A mom-and-pop climbing shop serving Davis and Sacremento since 1992, Rocknasium stands as a monument to local owners Mark Leffler and Carter Schmeck's lifelong love of climbing. Inside its spacious confines, the gym houses everything climbers need, with 5,000 square feet of technicolor walls joining stalactites and steep bouldering courses. The gym's experienced staff help guests navigate this vertical playground, helping climbers of all ages and ability levels start coordination- and strength-building jaunts up their scalable walls. The team's encouraging and informative classes clue students in to the secrets of the sport, with emphases on movement, technique, and rope work laying the foundation for a well-rounded skill set. The gym's pro shop stocks mountain-ready equipment for any type of climb, and a small fitness area and yoga room lets guests pair each intense climbing session with equally challenging rounds of weightlifting or yoga.
In addition to welcoming members for open climbing times, the gym also greets guests for everything from birthday parties to a superhero-themed summer camp. The team even takes its show on the road, bringing climbing access to outdoor events via a portable wall.
Following the CrossFit ethos, Rocklin CrossFit designs high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness level, participants may begin the muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with the sonorous bells, dumb, and kettle bars, as well as plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping are also indigenous to workouts.
Foils clash and ring out through Davis Fencing Academy as students practice basic guards and prepare to spar. Sword master Simon Pitfeild walks up and down the line, correcting a grip here or an angle of attack there. His years of fighting at UC Davis, at the French Academy of Arms, and with the City of Davis fencing program are evident as you watch his precise style and the attention to detail he shows as he leads the team of coaches at Davis Fencing Academy.
Classes accommodate students of all skill levels, ranging from Mini Musketeer lessons for 6- to 8-year-olds to advanced training for adults who want to perfect their techniques or work toward competition. Adult and youth beginners’ classes introduce footwork and blade work for the foil, sabre, and épée, with the option of progressing to intermediate and advanced footwork classes. After lessons, students can engage in open sparring to hone their reflexes and practice monogramming everyone’s uniforms with their own initials.