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.
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.
Nestled in among the hills and trees of Fair Oaks, Rollingwood Racquet Club presents families with an opportunity to get involved and get in shape. A mini getaway, close to home, the facility boasts a lineup of year-round fitness activities, including group classes such as Pilates, Zumba, and spin. Its outdoor tennis courts are surrounded by scenic canyon vistas, and its indoor pool is heated for swimming during winter months or when a simmering pot of goulash just won't do. To further bring the community together in the name of health, Rollingwood also hosts monthly luncheons at local restaurants for members to connect and chat.
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.
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.
Seven days a week, students flock to the balmy studio to sweat out toxins and build strong, lean muscles in Hot Yoga At Sunrise's all-levels yoga classes. Each of the studio's passionate instructors specializes in specific yoga modalities, including the athletic Vinyasa flow, strengthening Core Power yoga, restorative Yin yoga—which emphasizes stillness and healing—and Bikram-inspired classes performed in sweat-inducing 105-degree heat to melt any snowmen trying to pass as humans. This hot-yoga style originally inspired owners Bobby and Robin Carpenter to open their studio in 2005, after they noticed that Bobby's running vastly improved with dedicated practice. Now, the two share their passion for the workout with others and practice it daily in their 60- to 90-minute sweat sessions.
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.