Sea Otter Swim Lessons employs a team of first-aid- and CPR-certified instructors who welcome everyone into the water to learn how to swim. People cruise up and over the learning curve inside a 92-degree natural salt-chlorine pool, fully enclosed to allow lessons during the colder months and to keep rain from getting swimmers wet. Class sizes are kept small to allow for focused attention and individual improvement?private sessions are one-on-one, semiprivate sessions are one instructor with two students, and parent/tot classes are one instructor with up to six parents and children. Outside of the water, parents can watch their youngsters from a large observation area and tuckered-out swimmers can make use of the two shower areas and several changing rooms.
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.
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.
Compared with other areas around California?or the world, for that matter?gravity doesn't seem to have quite the same pull on the students at Free Flow Academy. Inside the training facility, you might see youngsters leaping from wall to wall or teenagers twirling gracefully through the air. Before you lodge a formal complaint with NASA, know that Free Flow is home to an array of hardcore exercises such as parkour, aerial silks, and mixed martial arts. For those looking to burn calories in a more traditional way, the instructors also lead kettlebell and strength-training classes. Its 20-deep team of instructors even teaches more grounded activities such as acting and music, uniting myriad art forms.
Bright flashing lights swirl in the new air-conditioned, low-lit studio as Latin-inspired music moves hips through high-energy dance moves. The Klubhouse 2's popular West Sacramento Zumba classes lead exercisers from all walks of life through easy-to-follow, calorie-torching moves demonstrated by energetic instructors 19 times a week. The fitness studio offers bountiful group fitness classes to help guests slim profiles and bolster muscles during R.I.P.P.E.D. classes. The driving force behind these sessions is an aversion to plateaus that other, less-inventive and less-varied workout regimens can engender.
For more than 50 years, EYEcenter Optometric has been helping people see with everything from glasses from brands such as Fendi and Coach to laser eye surgery. Its optometrists determine prescriptions, diagnose eye diseases, help clients manage eye allergies, and perform LASIK and lens-implant surgeries.?EYEcenter Optometric also has a vision-therapy department that has been treating vision-related learning disorders for 35 years, including therapies that can enhance reading comprehension.