There are no mirrors inside the Bodytribe Fitness gym. When explaining this to reporters from Sacramento News & Review, founder Jeff Conrad explained, "I don’t care about what people look like when they come to my gym. And I want them to not care either, at least for that hour." A freethinker, musician, and fitness aficionado, Jeff challenges current fitness trends and their emphasis on aesthetic appearance inside his unique gym, where he requests that clients silence any cellphones or Theremins they may have on them. Amidst the kettlebells, free weights, and pull-up bars, Jeff and his trainers guide students of all fitness levels through functional workouts that focus on building strong and fit athletes rather than what he calls "pretty little flesh packets".
The seasoned and dedicated trainer is also an avid writer—you can find his fitness philosophy and workout advice in magazines, newspapers, and in his book, Lift With Your Head.
The word asha translates to "alive and well"—a phrase that fits Asha Yoga's mission to provide the community with a place to cultivate a healthy, well-rounded yoga practice. Founder Cori Martinez expounds on this vision in a virtual orientation, explaining that although the studio does not promulgate a particular style of yoga, it does adhere to basic yogic principles: the integration of breath and movement, the practice of meditation, and the balance of effort and ease. The studio incorporates these facets into classes for students of all ability levels. "We know that each person has different needs and we support that," Martinez explains. Seven days a week, a dozen teachers, including Martinez, guide students through poses that lengthen and strengthen muscles. They also offer a teacher-training program for aspiring instructors or students who want to deepen their practice.
Beyond classroom hours, a handful of teachers maintain blogs that break down common myths about yoga. One recent entry shed light on the misconception that yoga is for flexible people, while another busted the myth that yoga is a dairy product made of fermented milk.
Though their individual specialties differ, Fourth Power Fitness?s staff members?a certified personal trainer, a CrossFit coach, and a former competitive boxer?compile a gym system whose goals are universal. Instructors prioritize exercises that are relevant to the body's real-life movements into a regimen that can be tackled by guests of all ages and abilities. Members can conduct solo workouts during open-gym hours or attend a variety of classes. First Fit, for example, caters to beginners with its cardio- and strength-themed circuits that are meant to tone muscles, promote weight loss, and ensure every pickle jar in each student?s home can be opened. Alternatively, Sports Performance Training strives to boost athletes' speed and power on the field. The routines in these programs abide by the four qualities?or "powers"?referenced in the gym's name: ground-based, complex, explosive, and functional.
Students also participate in calisthenics and machine-based workouts, taking advantage of the facility?s amenities, which range from racks of medicine balls to the indoor track. In addition to classes, trainer Kenneth Hall also offers nutritional guidance in the form of custom meal plans.
A few years ago, Matt Weaver came down with a serious case of Type-2 diabetes. He needed to get into shape. After much searching, Matt realized that no gym in the area could help him with the kind of intense, focused regimen he needed. He started putting together his own fitness curriculum, wrangling his health into a manageable headlock. With that sorted, Matt set out on a mission to open a facility like the one he'd searched so hard for but was unable to find.
That's where Results the 24 Hour Gym comes in. There, Matt and his business partner have avoided common industry pitfalls, such as throwing clients at a gauntlet of workout equipment, or hiring toned mannequins to lead fitness classes. Instead, they've assembled a team of trainers to spearhead various high-energy group-training programs. Boot camps, for instance, are packed with motivation and little dose of the competitive spirit to help exercisers squeeze the most out of every minute. Meanwhile, the R.I.P.P.E.D. program combines resistance, interval, and plyometric training techniques, all of which exercisers perform to the motivating beat of up-tempo tunes.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
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.