The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 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 16 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 lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
At FitRanX, intimidation simply isn't a factor when it comes to exercise. That's because guests advance through an eight-level system that tailors workouts to each individual's fitness level. Each rank challenges gym-goers with concrete goals—within their ability—to help them ascend to the next level, making for balanced, full-body workouts with clear paths forward.
Led by fitness coordinator Patricia Moore, Performance Physical Therapy offers a full schedule of bootcamps and fitness classes. Body Blast Bootcamp builds strength and increases energy during 30-minute workouts, while Zumba courses burn calories for students of all ages and abilities. In addition to classes designed for the elderly and those with disabilities, Performance Physical Therapy offers nutrition programs and workplace wellness programs.
Curves encourages women to take the reins of their physical health with positive, supportive fitness classes and gym sessions. Pioneering the circuit-training regimen, the gym's trainers crafted a 30-minute workout that accommodates women of all fitness levels with a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. For maximum benefit, workout sessions operate in tandem with the trainers' encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and gravity.
Among Heather Farm Park's rolling hills and expansive grassy terrain, patrons push their bodies through dynamic, one-hour workouts designed to sculpt and strengthen physiques from head to toe. Helping to motivate patrons toward their ideal shapes, East Bay Fitness's owner and head trainer Jena McGuffie boasts certifications in personal training and specialized fitness, along with a degree in alternative medicine. After building a private personal-training business in Florida, Jena swapped coasts to share her passion for health and wellness with Californians of all ages and abilities. Her workouts vary from class to class, incorporating cardiovascular work and strength-training moves such as lifting Webster's Dictionary over and over with just your pinkies.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.