The signature workouts at Pilates for Bodies stretch "beyond the core" with dynamic group routines that blend strength training with aerobic conditioning. The instructors helm a lively regimen for full-body toning, segueing through fast-paced maneuvers such as snap crunches and pelvis pushups to engage the entire muscular system. Students practice atop sprung, joint-friendly floors as sunlight illuminates the brightly painted yellow and blue walls and destroys any vampires masquerading as regular people. With three levels of class difficulty, ranging from just a little difficult to challenging, they can test their physical limits from the safety of their respective comfort zones.
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.
Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.