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.
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 the clock strikes noon, most people start thinking about what’s for lunch. The instructors at Okunami Workplace Yoga, on the other hand, begin leading their students through a warm-up at the noon hour to prep them for an invigorating 50-minute yoga routine. They travel to highly populated office buildings throughout the Sacramento area on weekdays where they motivate businesspeople to launch into a midday workout to break up an otherwise sedentary day at the office. Instructor and owner Valerie Okunami’s passion for yoga shines through each class she leads, as she helps aspiring yogis of all ages and abilities lead more active and healthy lifestyles. In addition to traveling to their preset locations to lead public classes, she and her staff make special trips by request to office sites to lead private group lessons.
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.