Though co-owner Adam Downing may be able to deadlift 450 pounds and squat 325, his strength is of little use if he can?t pick up his daughter and carry her to bed. He understands strength has practical application, which is why he and co-owner Mark Dingman teach functional fitness for the real world at CrossFit Echelon. Instructors teach students to master the mechanics of each movement before adding speed and intensity, and they adhere to a passionate creed of personal responsibility, consistent effort, and limitless potential. Adam and Mark pride themselves on keeping a clean, well-organized space that accommodates the training needs of first-timers as well as serious athletes. Along with traditional barbells and kettlebells, workouts integrate heavy rope, strongman stones, and giant truck tires pilfered from mutant Micro Machines.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 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 18 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. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
A certified life coach and fitness trainer, Lorri Ann Code has been in the fitness industry since she was 17. Her female-focused boot camps are effective, intense, and supportive. The program features a personalized exercise program, nutritional counseling, before and after body tracking, and life coaching.
At Gut Check Fitness Sacramento, each ever-changing workout leads participants into the great outdoors, where they discover the true meaning of ?gut check,? a military term used to denote a test of courage, character, or physical resemblance to Santa Claus. With the help of several talented trainers, the Sac-Town location's owner Ryan propels athletes through a gauntlet of fitness drills that torches dozens of calories and fortifies muscles throughout the body. Though many of the maneuvers involve dumbbells, the classes? main piece of equipment is the earth, which provides hills for climbing, gravity for resistance, and solid ground for sprints and bodyweight exercises. In addition to basking in the trainers? shouts of encouragement, the group cheers one another toward each milestone, fostering friendships while creating an ongoing incentive to achieve.
Joe Decker, the founder of Gut Check Fitness, isn?t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet?s buffest human, at least according to Guinness World Records. He earned the title of World?s Fittest Man in 2000 after mastering a 24-hour challenge comprising a 100-mile bike ride, a 10-mile run, 1,100 pushups, and other exhausting feats. Today, his boot-camp program, Gut Check Fitness, helps exercisers tackle goals that are just as lofty with outdoor workouts that have won top honors from CityVoter.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia FIT founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia FIT sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade. In a welcoming environment, the expert coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy and confidence, and vanquish fat. They root the sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness.
Programs range in intensity and length for exercisers of all ages, fitness levels, and goals, from six-week BRIK boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. CORE Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between BRIK camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. The various regimens invite women to join a community where they dedicate themselves to maintaining their health and fitness.
David Skultety knows firsthand the day-to-day benefits of having all-around fitness—he's a firefighter. While the average person typically isn't faced with the possibility of carrying people out of burning buildings, Skultety knows there are countless other benefits to overall fitness, such as prepping for athletic competition, rehabilitating injuries, preventing injuries, and more. He and partner Amy Ball-Skultety, both certified trainers, combine their more than 25 years of fitness experience to imbue clients with strength and energy they can use in the real world, such as when you must lift a car that has parked in your favorite parking spot.
To achieve this goal, David and Amy integrate cardio and strength training into their boot camps, group classes, and personal training sessions. They combine conventional routines—such as treadmill sessions—with cross-fit elements, such as flipping tires and floor workouts. The goal is to gradually beef up each person's raw physical power.