Laura Cotler and her staff at Lift Pilates specialize in the Stott method, a contemporary take on Pilates that helps improve exercisers' athletic performance and spinal curvature. Students can learn the peculiarities of the method?for example, the Stott method doesn't always stress keeping your back flat?during Reformer and Mat classes that can accommodate individuals and small groups alike. To complement the exercises, Cotler and company also schedule full-body workouts such as Yoga Sculpt and Barre Sculpt. Thanks to the staff's expertise, the selection of classes, and the studio's equipment, Lift was voted Best Pilates Studio in 2012 by KCRA 3's A-List.
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.
Behind a rough-hewn wooden fa?ade, walls embellished with wheels and cycles surround Apex Cycles & Services' solo employee, Aaron Curtin. While stocking the store with quality bikes and parts from brands such as Kona, Continental, and De Rosa, Aaron builds an excellent rapport with customers by executing thorough cycle services for almost all makes and models. Bike treatments range from basic tune-ups to comprehensive overhauls that include the installation of fresh parts and a deep cleansing. Aaron also constructs bikes from custom components and works with clients to accommodate all budgets by utilizing prviously used parts and allowing patrons to whittle down debts by volunteering at the shop. Aaron can pick up and drop off two-wheelers himself or welcome them into his store with more delight than a BMX rider moving to a neighborhood filled with drained pools.
Trainers Lisa and Jennifer undergo continuing education to keep up with workout trends and pull from a backlog of fitness knowledge to helm Fit House. The gym's class offerings include power Vinyasa yoga, a style of the meditative sport that coalesces flowing poses and deep, rhythmic breathing performed in a studio warmed to 87 degrees. As stretchers follow the stream of stances, bodies bolster strength, boost endurance and flexibility, and chase away tension pent up during attempts to explain trespassing statutes to Goldilocks. Each session on the studio's six-day-a-week schedule requires students to don nonconstricting clothing and provide their own yoga mats and towels.
Goalgetters' seasoned, kid-minded coaches lead tots 3–9 in age-specific clinics, introducing them to the worldwide phenomenon of soccer and instilling life lessons such as sharing, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Classes, comprising 8–12 students, allow younger groups to get a feel for the most basic of skills and older pupils to run, kick, and electric boogaloo to the more advanced stylings of European and Brazilian small-sided soccer. In addition to imparting the fundamental concepts, the coaches ensure pint-size Beckhams receive a high percentage of contact with the polygonal orb as they buzz about the 3,200-square-foot indoor facility that offers protection from ball-snatching pterodactyls.
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.