On the wall above the inner entryway at Bikram Yoga Folsom, a hand-painted quote reminds practitioners why they keep coming back: "You're never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again". It's this eternal potential for personal betterment that fuels the studio's superheated classes, which combine Bikram yoga's 26 postures and two breathing exercises into workouts that stretch the mind as well as the body. Seasoned instructors lead each class, using experience gained through their extensive training and own personal journeys to create an atmosphere that's both nurturing and challenging, helping students of all skill levels to learn and thrive. In addition to an expansive practice room that's often awash in ample natural light, their vibrant facility houses spacious locker rooms with private showers, and even a relaxing seating area.
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.
Certified Pilates instructor Donna Fettig has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of the Pilates method. At her sunny, wood-floored studio, she teaches beginners and advanced students alike how to strengthen their cores, gain flexibility, and get long and lean muscles using Pilates reformer machines. Also teaching mat classes and hosting personal-training sessions, Donna helps students understand the essential basic movements of Pilates and improve their health through regular Pilates practice.
A favorite of Sacramento CityVoters, The Studio fosters fitness and makes martial arts masters out of fledgling fighters. Instructors Jack Corrie (seventh degree senior master) and Amitis Pourarian (sixth degree master and former U.S. team member) coordinate and co-operate the body-fortifying center, contributing a combined 50 years of martial arts experience. During 90-minute boot camp classes, students learn to maneuver their metatarsals and middle ears in a menagerie of different workout methods designed to pump hearts and arms. TRX suspension and cardio kickboxing kick off sessions, combusting calories and galvanizing muscle-guns before strength-training exercises get to work defining muscular fibers. The course concludes with yoga, stretching, and sun saluting, designed to cool down broiling calorie-burners.
The instructors at Granite Bay Pilates and Yoga lead students through challenging classes to sculpt muscles with ancient southern Asian poses and time-tested isometric exercises. The certified staff guides individual and small-group workouts, emphasizing form and alignment as they impart the basics of yoga’s gentle movements to build balance and flexibility, and Pilates’s controlled, muscle-isolating exercises to develop core strength. During beginners' Pilates workshops, students bask in personalized instructor attention as they practice mat-based exercises. In addition to melting stress with low-impact movements, students can seek relief for their bodies and minds with functional bodywork, performed by certified massage therapists.
The founder of Barre-Flies, Diane, calls every workout she devises a “recipe”—a fitting name, considering her exercises incorporate raw ingredients from everything from ballet barre work to Pilates and yoga. During one-hour classes, students combine these elements to strengthen their core in different ways, following up each routine with deep stretching to help improve their flexibility before heading back to the sidewalks lined with lucky pennies.