High-school wrestler Derek DiManno stopped pinning his opponents in college when he decided to focus on his studies instead. After achieving a master?s degree, Derek stepped back into the ring?this time learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Studying under a world champion, Derek himself picked up a slew of championship awards, and earned a black belt in the sport. He opened his own martial-arts school to bestow others with the knowledge and skills of self-defense techniques. His classes for kids teach basic moves with the aim of boosting students? self-discipline, sportsmanship, and social skills. Adult classes challenge students of all fitness abilities, and special law-enforcement classes teach police how to take down criminals without the use of a weapon.
Surfing indoors typically requires an open-face waterbed and a high-powered hair dryer, but not at Surf Xtreme. The recreation center?s automated surf simulator, the FlowRider, creates the illusion of surfing with shallow, fast-moving water, which flows at speeds of up to 30 mph. Constructed of a trampoline-like material, the floor cushions falls as effectively as the marshmallow floors of Candy Land?s retirement homes, and CPR-certified attendants ensure surfers cruise safely through the ride?s heated waters.
For a break from aquatic shenanigans, guests can bound about the 2,400-square-foot trampoline area that flanks the simulator. Kids and adults can cavort with unrestrained glee, ricocheting off the walls bordered by protective padding. Alternatively, youngsters can take to the paintball field, whose customizable bunkers can be configured for games of Capture the Flag or Last Man Standing.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, ?awards don't greet you at the door.? Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 18 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
With more than a dozen adrenaline-pumping activities available at discounts of at least 50 percent, the Adventures Pass gives its holders the opportunity to eschew the couch and experience the adventures their local merchants have to offer. With a single pass, customers can get deals on everything from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to wakeboarding and paragliding, all at companies located within driving or skydiving distance.
At Premier Fitness, personal trainers and exercise gurus help clients build muscle, burn fat, and bump up stamina with a wealth of private lessons, boot camps, classes, and high-tech equipment. Members work out at any time of day or night with 24/7 access to the gym, while trainers and fellow members push each other past fitness goals with friendly, positive motivation. You can fuse fun and fitness with an extensive schedule of group classes such as Hot Hula, which isolates glutes, abs, and arms with Polynesian dance styles, or TRX, which builds balance and core stability through suspension, like tightrope walking or learning to levitate.
Laguna's Awesome Party Palace immerses kids into a world more vibrant than their imaginations. Here, five colorful, themed bounce houses host sessions of sock-clad cavorting. Beloved cartoon characters, including Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and Tweety, decorate the inflatable houses, alongside a bouncy slide and a train. A selection of family-friendly arcade games fosters bouts of friendly competition throughout the playroom, which is also home to a variety of toys.
During private parties, parents can kick back and leave the planning to the staff, as invitations, snacks, and setup and cleanup are just a few of the perks included in Laguna's party packages.