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.
The Studio fosters fitness and makes martial-arts masters out of fledgling fighters. Instructors Jack Corrie (a seventh-degree senior master) and Amitis Pourarian (a 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 a wide variety of classes, students learn to maneuver their metatarsals and middle ears in a menagerie of different workout methods designed to pump hearts and arms.
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.
The 17-strong staff at Sattva Yoga, Pilates & Ayurveda brings an abundance of experience and certifications to each class, whether yoga, Pilates, or Barre. KCRA awarded the wellness emporium the title of Best Pilates Studio in 2010 and nominated it as a finalist for Best Yoga Studio in 2011. The team gears its yoga classes toward helping participants achieve tranquility, while directing their Pilates focus toward strengthening core muscles both in clients and in apples. They also teach two variations of Booty Barre, one meant to augment a Pilates regimen with its cardio component, and one that builds on both yoga and Pilates with long, fluid dance movements.
At East Wind Yoga, instructors have options for every skill level. Basic classes ease newcomers and returning students into the body mechanics of yoga. Flow classes improve their breathing and cardiovascular endurance, and yin classes combine postures from hatha yoga with deep stretches to address any joint compression and misalignment. Held in a room heated at 105-110 degrees, hot yoga classes help purge toxins after a long day of sleep-testing sarcophagi. Intense Yosu yoga targets balance through the use of soft and rubbery BOSU balls.
Each of the studio's two locations offers a welcoming interior of paper lanterns, exposed brick, and stacks of colorful yoga mats for rental.
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.