During her college years, Kristin Walton—like most students—gave into the lure of alcohol and fast food, which led to the dreaded freshman 15...and then some. With her jeans fitting a bit too snuggly, the former competitive synchronized swimmer knew she needed to make a change. She started with yoga a few times a week, but it wasn’t downward dog that sparked her weight-loss—it was a local boot camp. From there, Kristin cleaned up her diet, enhanced her muscle definition, eventually shed 40 pounds, and gained a NASM personal training certification.
Today, she returns the favor by running her own boot camp and personal training facility, where she coaches students of all ages and athletic abilities through circuit-style training that uses body-weight exercises, kettlebells, and TRX training machines. Unlike traditional boot camps, Kristin trades in a hoarse throat and steam-emitting ears for heart-pumping music and constructive motivation; she never lets a student perform a move incorrectly and always helps less experienced exercisers make adjustments. She also doles out one-on-one advice and motivation during personal training sessions and directs clients to a blog full of healthful recipes.
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.
Walking into the weight room at The Capital Athletic Club, visitors may think they’ve stepped into a European cathedral. Vaulted wood ceilings soar above resistance machines and free weights, immersing exercisers in a light, airy atmosphere and allowing trainers to participate in the annual Bring Your Giraffe to Work day. Dozens of classes cater to group fitness in four wood-floored studios and a heated, outdoor pool ensures comfortable laps regardless of outside temperature. Enthusiastic, highly qualified personal trainers collaborate with members, helping craft new programs for beginners or enlivening veterans' tired routines.
The club's amenities mirror its luxurious appointments, with each full member receiving a permanent locker for stashing clothes and parking meters you tore out of the ground with your bare hands. The staff launders workout clothes overnight, freeing up members’ time for relaxing in the expansive saunas and steam rooms. WiFi facilitates impromptu business meetings and spa services offer relaxing treatments.
When sharing his fitness expertise with Village Life, Anthony Adedipe lauded the effects of exercise, maintaining that physical activity "releases endorphins" and "keeps you energized." The certified trainer is distinctively knowledgeable on matters of fitness and health due to his lifetime of athletic experience, his years playing college football, and a decade working in the fitness industry. Anthony brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to his branch of the nationally accredited Adventure Boot Camp, where he and his staff of certified trainers lead women through imaginative, high-intensity workouts. The coaches conduct classes outdoors at Washington Park and occasionally take class field trips to special locations, mixing things up by jogging through a forest or confusing security guards by crab walking through the airport. In addition to fitness instruction, trainers provide members with nutritional advice and pre- and post-measurements.
Ever since he was a kid, JC Charles has been bursting with boundless energy. Throughout high school and college, he spent all of his free time playing on football and basketball teams. As an adult, this abundance of energy would eventually land him a career in the fitness industry, fueling him through years of personal training and fitness management in gyms throughout California.
Today, JC continues to pull from his mighty athletic spirit at his own fitness studio—Elite Fitness and Performance. Amidst the studio's exercise machines, mats, and free weights, JC and his team of certified trainers lead personal-training sessions, boot camps, and sports-conditioning classes throughout the week. Through their creative and challenging classes, the instructors aim to improve students' level of fitness and overall wellbeing, as well as help them achieve goals such as losing weight, toning muscles, and scaling Mount Everest in a single back flip.
Like any good personal trainer, Get Fit Sacramento's staffers relentlessly pursue their clients’ fitness goals, but they don’t limit themselves to one-on-one sessions to do it. Instead, they supplement individual training with group fitness classes, Zumba, and R.I.P.P.E.D. workshops, all held within their fully equipped facility. They toss in even more benefits for members that work outside the gym, such as supplying an e-cookbook full of healthy recipes or teaching pet dogs to say “Feel the burn!” Inside the facility, students whip around jump ropes, use BOSU balls to deepen pushups, and grunt in time with the clangs of weight-training machines. Slate gray equipment punctuates the expanses of teal blue walls along with motivational posters picturing sweating, smiling exercisers being chased by a sleuth of bears.