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.
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.
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.
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.
Ken Sawitzky?s lifelong devotion to golf began in 1958, when he studied under the tutelage of Johnny Goodman, the last amateur to win the U.S. Open. Since then, his golf career has blossomed like a greenside bougainvillea, encompassing 15 years of experience correcting swings, smoothing out putts, and framing interestingly shaped divots. Ken started teaching golf at Lighthouse G.C. in West Sacramento and moved to Wildhorse G.C. in 2003 when Lighthouse was closed. Ken now splits his time conducting golf classes for the Davis Parks and Recreation Department, tirelessly searching for new score-shaving methods to sprinkle upon the unsown swings of his pupils.
Aesthetician Stella Swisher harnesses her individual experiences to pamper clients at Rejuvenations Skin Studio with treatments such as waxing, facial treatments, and permanent makeup. She strives to infuse each of her services with a natural approach, whether she's tinting lashes with Austrian vegetable dye or slathering mugs with antioxidants during anti-aging facials.