At Nor Cal Fitness, NASM-certified personal trainer Todd Kosiewicz helps people get in shape by adhering to his academy's Optimum Performance Training model. The model, which preaches circuit training and controlled instability, helps exercisers avoid the types of workout plateaus that almost led to Arnold Schwarzenegger's being cast as the lead actor in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Kosiewicz employs the techniques during group- and personal-training sessions, the latter of which can take place at exercisers' homes.
Anthony Malta and Tyler Wilcox—the co-owners and coaches at CrossFit ASAP—both have CrossFit Level 1 certifications and strength-and-conditioning experience that dates back to high school. At CrossFit ASAP, they use friendly motivation and CrossFit’s dogma of varied, functional fitness to help clients get in shape. Workouts of the Day (WODs) often incorporate exercises such as weightlifting, interval training, body-weight exercises, and less conventional methods such as sled pushing and kettlebell training.
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.
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 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.