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.
Since 1981, the family-owned-and-operated Davis Athletic Club has served as a multipurpose fitness stop for visitors of all ages. Its gym equipment inhabits specialized facilities for strength training, cardio workouts, and martial arts drills, and the indoor soccer field and basketball court accommodate both casual and competitive players. With two heated pools—one for laps and one for functional exercise—members can practice aqua aerobics or earn a master’s degree in floating from swim school. Nearly every room of the 24,000-square-foot space also hosts group classes, channeling the power of camaraderie to transform physiques through Zumba, yoga and Les Mills’s BodyPump routines.
The staff, from certified personal trainers to childcare supervisors, all devote individualized attention to each guest. With amenities including a CrossFit gym and hair salon, the club unites its members under a roof that covers countless approaches to health.
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.
Workouts at Davis Swim and Fitness aren't limited to one genre or even one terrain, which enables guests of all levels feel comfortable and challenged. An outdoor training arena and 25-meter, temperature-controlled lap pool tempt athletes outside. Indoor group workouts include Pilates, spin, Zumba, Ripped, and yoga, although members are welcome to work up a sweat on the outdoor basketball court. Staffers at Davis help customers adjust movements during any exercise, including functional training and gymnastic movement. Onsite childcare gives parents the freedom to pursue personal-training sessions or massage therapy.
"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It?s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel?heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel?teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.