Following the CrossFit ethos, Rocklin CrossFit designs high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness level, participants may begin the muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with the sonorous bells, dumb, and kettle bars, as well as plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping are also indigenous to workouts.
The Kids Program at CrossFit StompinGround is focused on helping children build strength and learn about conditioning, but program instructors Jenn Rich and Kenya Runyan know that when working with kids, you've got to keep it fun. The hour-long sessions keep kids excited by moving briskly through a number of activities, such as gymnastics, jump-roping, running, and body-weight movements. Each program is designed specifically to meet the developmental needs of a different age group.
In V3 CrossFit's 8,000 square foot gym, coaches commit themselves to each student's success. They start off by teaching students the ins and outs of CrossFit, which is a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity. When exercisers get a strong grasp on the workout regimen, instructors tailor sessions to each individual's physical abilities. To keep muscles on their toes, workouts change daily and may include a surprise combination of weightlifting, rowing, and rope-climbing, which all require functional movements.
With guidance from the gym's team, the CrossFit program can help prepare bodies for any kind of physical activity. That includes strenuous labor, high-impact sports, and daily activities, such as pushing around your pet boulder in a baby stroller. V3 CrossFit's commitment to each student doesn't end with the workout, though. The fitness experts also provide nutritional advice as well as encouragement and motivation every step of the way.
When Sandra Augustin started training for her second Tri-Fitness competition, she needed a change of pace. She began working out outdoors, jogging along the beach, lunging through parks, and scaling the flag poles at local elementary schools.
She drew a crowd. Friends and passersby started joining in, inspired by her enthusiasm and charisma, and soon a regular Sunday group formed, dubbing themselves S.A.S.S. (Sandra Augustin's Sacramento Sisters). The unexpected support group transformed her training into a motivating, communal experience that Sandra wanted to extend the community. Thus, her gym was born.
Today, Sandra keeps that same spirit alive in group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. She makes use of body-weight resistance exercises, cycles, and cardio-intensified yoga—a style she designed herself—to help her clients sculpt their bodies and rehabilitate their energy levels. She continues to compete internationally in fitness competitions, and organizes a local Hero Challenge obstacle course, an event that pits civilians against the tests used to train police officers, firefighters, and batmen.
The instructors at Courage Martial Arts and Fitness lead their classes with the goal of making martial arts accessible to everyone. In addition to offering classes for both children and adults, the studio also features classes for families so they can train together.
Good Times CrossFit's certified coaches make tough workouts fun by transforming groups of disparate exercisers into teams that push one another toward fitness goals. Like snowmen's fingerprints, no two workouts are the same, but all share three characteristics: intensity, functionality, and safety. To prevent injuries and promote healthy habits, he coaches emphasize proper technique as they impart power lifts such as squats, cleans, and bench-presses. Calisthenics such as burpees and pushups tone the core while preparing the body for everyday movements such as lifting grocery bags stuffed with watermelons and hurling tubs of ice cream to the moon. To torch calories and foster endurance, the workouts also include cardio challenges such as sprints, rowing drills, and box jumps.
Workouts take place in a garage-style gym filled with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and pull-up bars. In addition to hosting group classes for adults and children, instructors provide nutrition advice and sell Pure Pharma supplements.