Sea Otter Swim Lessons employs a team of first-aid- and CPR-certified instructors who welcome everyone into the water to learn how to swim. People cruise up and over the learning curve inside a 92-degree natural salt-chlorine pool, fully enclosed to allow lessons during the colder months and to keep rain from getting swimmers wet. Class sizes are kept small to allow for focused attention and individual improvement—private sessions are one-on-one, semiprivate sessions are one instructor with two students, and parent/tot classes are one instructor with up to six parents and children. Outside of the water, parents can watch their youngsters from a large observation area and tuckered-out swimmers can make use of the two shower areas and several changing rooms.
Folsom Bike’s experienced bicycle technicians rehabilitate cycles and pair horseless riders with trusty two-wheeled rentals. During basic tune-ups, pedal physicians pamper asphalt steeds from headset to hub, remedying aches from popping wheelies with derailleur, brake, and bottom-bracket adjustments and ensuring optimal tire pressure and bolt safety. Creaky cables relax under soothing lubes, and newly trued wheels make for rides smoother than a piggyback from a manta ray. During performance tune-ups, gear gurus raise the velocipedal ante with fresh cables, housings, and frame polish before resurfacing brake pads, overhauling brackets, and weaving handlebar streamers into aerodynamic cornrows. Both basic and performance tune-ups are typically complete within 24 hours.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Extreme Gymnastics & Cheer's colorful 17,000 square-foot facility is stocked so full of foam pits, climbing nets, trampolines, and gymnastics equipment that children can freely and safely bounce off the walls. With the help of attentive instructors, they’re also learning coordination and agility skills while they’re at it.
In that well-monitored space, classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, and acrobatic parkour also take place for children of all ages. Birthday parties and hall monitor retirements at Extreme also see staff members providing set-up, entertainment, and party coordination so parents can join in on the fun too.
At Folsom MMA, students train like professionals regardless of whether they hope to step inside the competition octagon or just build a better body. During lessons, students grapple, jostle, and roll over 2,000 square feet of Dollamur wrestling mats, with octagon-style fencing around the sides to simulate real MMA conditions. Instructors educate in all the popular fighting arts, including muay thai, jujitsu, and no-gi submission grappling, and help participants build mental toughness and burn calories. In the past, the gym has even hosted heralded fight star Chuck Liddell, who stopped by to greet the community and share tips, such as what color toenail polish opponents find most intimidating.
Elliott Genovia fell in love with salsa dancing 12 years ago when he took his first salsa class. He soon became a member of Sacramento's salsa performance team and trained with respected dancers including Salomon Rivera and Ricardo Tellez. Through his education, he developed a cordial, supportive demeanor that helped him to offer dance lessons to aspiring dancers and clumsy police officers to get out of speeding tickets. Elliott opened his own studio, Dancing With Elliott, which eventually emerged from its cocoon to become Genovia Dance in 2010 after he married his dancing partner, Cara, who also teaches at the studio. The two teach both private lessons and group classes to students of all ability levels in the dance styles of salsa, merengue, cha-cha, hustle, and bachata.
Bicycle Plus’s staff, a group of avid cyclists, brings an acute awareness to bike sales and tune-ups, garnering the store a series of awards for excellent bicycle retailing. Veteran mechanics work their magic on ailing frames throughout basic tune-ups and complete overhauls in the service department while finding time to teach curious DIYers how to fix a flat tire with peanut butter during free weekly bike-maintenance classes. The sales team pairs up shoppers with glossy rides from Trek, Specialized, and Colnago using the doctor-devised Body Geometry bike-fitting system to ensure maximum riding comfort.