Motors zip around the All American Speedway, reaching speeds of up to 90 mile per hour and jockeying for first place in a display that emulates a professional car race. But behind the wheel of each real racecar is a beginner who’s picked up his or her skills from one of Spectator Racing’s experienced instructors, many of whom are former racing champions. Decked out in a fire suit and helmet, drivers execute turns during practice laps, qualifying races, and in the main event—a Saturday-night showdown that concludes with a trophy presentation and motor-oil sundaes for top finishers. Spectator Racing’s driving experiences are designed for visitors with little to no racing experience, and its instructors take the time to go over small details about performance after they watch their pupils practice.
Stadium lights reflect off of the pavement. Engines roar as cars whip around curves and weave in and out, jockeying for pole position just as they cross the finish line. This racing scene is a familiar one at All American Speedway, which has witnessed many of the stock-car world's best drivers take to its paved stage. Their yearly schedule stretches from March until October as spectators young and old watch street-stock cars, modifieds, late models, vintage cars, and even vintage penny farthings circle the high-banked oval track.
At East Wind Yoga, instructors have options for every skill level. Basic classes ease newcomers and returning students into the body mechanics of yoga. Flow classes improve their breathing and cardiovascular endurance, and yin classes combine postures from hatha yoga with deep stretches to address any joint compression and misalignment. Held in a room heated at 105-110 degrees, hot yoga classes help purge toxins after a long day of sleep-testing sarcophagi. Intense Yosu yoga targets balance through the use of soft and rubbery BOSU balls.
Each of the studio's two locations offers a welcoming interior of paper lanterns, exposed brick, and stacks of colorful yoga mats for rental.
Each Byers Gym location offers a multitude of flexibility-forming and confidence-building weekly gymnastics classes for children of all ages. Parent Participation classes, running 50 minutes, introduce baby-aged youngsters to the wonderful world of coordination, motor skills, and sweet tunes ($63 a month), as grown-ups follow their precocious progeny through age-appropriate exercises and musical activities. Teach your tykes some independence with a 50-minute Tots class for ages three and up ($65 a month), or opt for the one-hour Kindergym classes for ages four and five ($65 a month) that introduce simple tumbling exercises and basic drills for bars, beam, vault, and non-rocket-powered trampoline. More advanced classes ($65 a month) are available for kids, age six and older, looking to hone their talents and foster a lifelong love of leotards. The dedicated instructors at Byers Gymnastics feel that small classes are essential for learning, and although Parent Participation classes can have as many as 15 youngsters, most other classes are capped at eight students––or approximately one pint-sized KC and the Sunshine Band tribute act. To find a class, check out the schedules at Elk Grove, Roseville, or Citrus Heights.
The family-run Kast Performing Arts studio offers a packed schedule of various dance styles appropriate for ages 3 to adult. A wide array of classes, including hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and the robot are available for all levels of experience. Kast’s expert instructors have decades of experience and impressive professional dance credits beneath their collective dance sash, including film and television appearances, dance-company performances nationwide, and the ability to spontaneously re-enact the final scene from any musical.
Career Beauty Academy helps future stylists, makeup artists, and aestheticians hone the skills needed to make it in the world of beauty. With a 100% state-board exam-passing rate for its students, the licensed beauty academy provides technical and practical courses and hands-on learning by allowing students to perform services on the public. Licensed professionals supervise each treatment. Services include haircuts, deep conditioning, and color services; facials and microdermabrasion; and nails, makeup, and waxing.
Athletes can work out face-to-face with their choice of news anchors, reality stars, or Bart Simpson at the award-winning Roseville Health and Wellness Center. A bulwark of TVs hangs in front of their treadmills, guarding visitors against boredom or fatigue during independent workouts. Alternatively, patrons can join an eclectic array of group classes, which run the gamut from spinning sessions to posture-enhancing Pilates and Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves. For a more joint-friendly workout, the full-size heated pool hosts aquatic classes that allow arthritis-sufferers a more rigorous workout that gets hearts pumping faster than a shark armed with a defibrillator. Patrons can toss add-ons into their exercises with an array of health services, such as physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and nutritional guidance.