Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
The trainers at Muay Thai Lao Kickboxing Academy impart martial arts knowledge from both nations at the academy's Sacramento and Elk Grove locations, where punching bags line concrete walls and wait patiently for flurries delivered by padded fists. A full schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening kickboxing classes welcomes men, women, and children ages six and up. Kick-boxers of all skill levels can participate in muay-thai training to achieve a variety of personal goals, such as shedding weight or walking the path of muay-thai champion.
A certified life coach and fitness trainer, Lorri Ann Code has been in the fitness industry since she was 17. Her female-focused boot camps are effective, intense, and supportive. The program features a personalized exercise program, nutritional counseling, before and after body tracking, and life coaching.
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.
Extreme Fitness Express ushers guests into a sunlit trove of up-to-date gym equipment and private amenities. As feet flash by on treadmills, ellipticals, and cardio cycles, mounted HD televisions beam popular programs and pictures of oncoming trains to promote motivated sprints. A menagerie of free weights fortifies targeted muscles, and TRX suspension lines hoist physiques during resistance training. Personal trainers help bolster clients' workouts with exercises tailored to their endurance, experience, and fitness goals. After running through their workout regimes, patrons can retire to private showers and restrooms or steep their skin in a new hue with onsite tanning services. Ample parking and 24-hour access with a security key ensure that visitors can also practice pull-ups alongside nocturnal pet fruit bats.
The boring conventionalism that plagues traditional gyms does not find a home at Try7Fitness. Instead, a slate of boot-camp workouts that keep clients guessing manage to be both challenging and fun, like playing a sport or tickling the president. In the name of variety and constant fitness progress, boot camps present workouts such as free-weight exercises, calisthenics, ab and core training, jump-rope drills, and speed and strength training.
At the helm of this program is certified personal trainer Karen Johnson. She makes the obliteration of the sibling fitness scourges—boredom and stagnation—her first priority. Karen also partners Try7Fitness with Max Muscle, a local sports nutrition business that offers assessments, nutritional counseling, and supplements.