A competitive runner and a figure-skating sports enthusiast respectively, Stacey Armijo and Sandra Lemos have always been physically active. However, it wasn?t until they discovered the Dailey Method?s unique blend of Pilates, ballet, and yoga that both realized their fitness regimens weren?t properly balanced. Both athletes went straight to the source?the method?s founder, Jill Dailey?to kick-start their teacher training, knowing even then that they had found their calling.
Following in Jill?s footsteps, Stacey and Sandra help students of all abilities strengthen and stretch their bodies? major muscle groups. Their low-impact classes are designed to build up the core muscles, develop long lean muscle, align the spine, and tone lean limbs, all while challenging the mind, body, and spirit to touch their proverbial toes. The instructors focus on proper posture and alignment throughout each class to stave off injury and improve their charges? ability to walk a tightrope over flames while balancing a stack of books on their heads.
The Dailey Method?s Roseville and Folsom studios are equipped with locker rooms with full showers, and both offer complimentary childcare services. The new location in downtown Sacramento offers weekday power lunch express classes, as well as a full locker room and showers.
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.
Though Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian discovered barre workouts on opposite coasts, a mutual love of fitness and their desire to help others achieve their "best self" brought them together in Las Vegas. They became business partners and founded their first fitness studio, where they strengthened hearts, cores, and limbs with ballet-inspired barre workouts. And that was just the beginning. Since then, Sue and Tawnya have trained new instructors who have gone on to found studios throughout the country, creating a national fitness empire the duo dubbed thebodybar(re).
At each location, upbeat music fuels the signature class, during which students line up at the ballet barre and perform a toning routine. These routines are based on dance-training moves blended with elements of yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic stretching, though no experience in dance is required to succeed. They combine fat-burning bouts of interval training with flexibility-boosting and muscle-toning moves, giving students the lithe, slim limbs of a ballerina or Gumby.
Both mind and body get a workout at Core Balance. All classes are catered to meet the needs of various fitness levels, and incorporate a mind-body connection, particularly in yoga and gentle yoga classes. In barre classes, the instructors blend ballet, Pilates, and yoga movements for a challenging total-body workout that also improves posture and balance. Meanwhile, in Tai-yo-lates, yoga and Pilates movements fuse with tai chi?ideal for students new to yoga?for gentle transitions and a focus on breathing. Because all of Core Balance's classes are kept small, instructors can pay special attention to each student's needs, but private sessions are also available.
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.