Equipment: Punching bags, speed bags, boxing ring, cardio equipment, free weights
Students should bring: Towel; boxing gear provided subject to availability for new members
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We welcome all fitness levels; great for first-timers up to the experienced kickboxer
At FitRanX, intimidation simply isn't a factor when it comes to exercise. That's because guests advance through an eight-level system that tailors workouts to each individual's fitness level. Each rank challenges gym-goers with concrete goals—within their ability—to help them ascend to the next level, making for balanced, full-body workouts with clear paths forward.
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.
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.
At Practice Yoga, a nimble-limbed team of instructors marries ancient and modern techniques while emphasizing meditative focus and body awareness. During Hatha and Ashtanga classes, they dole out personal corrections and encourage students to break through their own perceived physical barriers, which is a much more realistic goal than breaking through someone else's very real shark-guarded barriers. To boost the flexibility and strength of more advanced and adventurous yogis, they turn to a precisely engineered, customizable yoga wall, which boasts numerous suspension straps and latches designed to help students ease back pain, carve out stronger cores, and bolster flexibility as they perform headstands and curl their way through crunches.
Hardwood floors, exposed brick, lofted ceilings, and paneled windows make Yoga Shala's practice room feel like a hip art gallery. Within this space, instructors help students sculpt stronger, more flexible bodies. Though the instructors welcome students of all experience and fitness levels to every class, they help students reach specific goals and shelves by teaching three yoga styles. Vinyasa classes, with their continuous series of flowing postures, provide a powerful and strengthening practice. Proceeding at a comparatively slower pace, Yin yoga focuses on stretching the body's connective tissues. Kundalini classes emphasize an equal balance of breathing, movement, meditation, and chanting.