Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.
Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.
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.
Given that roughly two-thirds of the planet's surface is covered with water, Jeff and Kristy Pearson firmly believe that knowing how to swim is a necessary life skill. The Pearsons and their staff of handpicked instructors impart this essential talent in lessons for students of all ages, from adults to children as young as six months. Although Marlin Swim School can help attendees develop the form and technique, but still not the gills, that they need to compete on a team, its main emphasis is on teaching people how to safely stay afloat and swim with fundamental stroke mechanics. Regular practice is the best way to become comfortable with swimming, so the school hosts year-round lessons in its indoor pool, which remains heated to a comfortable 89 degrees regardless of the season.
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.
Art teacher Kimberly Godinho sees her studio as a haven for students who might be otherwise afraid of exploring their artistic sides. Her background includes earning her bachelor degree in fine arts, and her current work as a professional artist underscores her expertise. Heartened by friends and wine, visitors of all experience levels follow Kimberly’s instructions to brush up the chosen project, which may include wine glass tableaus, pastoral landscapes, and the inky insides of a camera’s lens cap. All materials are included with each class, including canvas, paints, and smocks.
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.