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.
Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
Students should bring: Mat, towel, and water
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Yoga Muse's owner, Rozlyn, has worked out pretty much her whole life. She played organized sports in high school and joined a CrossFit gym in her 30s. But it wasn't until she found yoga that she felt she had truly connected to herself. That's because according to Rozlyn, yoga's main intention is to help people get to know themselves and seek peace in their everyday lives?it just so happens to also have the added benefit of toning muscles and boosting flexibility.
At her studio, Rozlyn's instructors teach classes such as Power Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga, as well as private yoga sessions. She believes these classes motivate members because they're "about becoming strong and comfortable in the body that has been given to you."
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Sotera Willis believes in customized exercise regimens and the invigorating power of the sun. That's why she hosts her personal-training sessions outside, leading her clients through a mix of strength, cardio, and balance exercises that toughen the entire body. Certified in both fitness and nutrition instruction by the ISSA, Sotera tailors her guidance to suit each client's lifestyle goals. Her services go beyond private lessons, as well—she also leads stretching workouts that unwind muscles, teaches group boot-camp classes, and helps people with injuries to enhance the benefits of their physical therapy.
Linda Moeller-Brown found aspects of fitness to pursue throughout her entire professional life. She worked as a personal trainer, managed fitness establishments such as Sparetime, Inc., and defended her ranking in the United States Tennis Association. She brings her lifelong enthusiasm for fitness to her business Competely Fit 4 Life. At 52 years old, she relies primarily on reformer-enhanced Pilates to keep herself and her clients in shape, the low-impact exercise toning cores while keeping the whole regimen low-impact.