Led by pole fitness competition judge and extensively accredited instructor Valerie Rush, Vertical Fitness Studio helps students build core muscles and self-confidence with acrobatic routines. Each trainer draws from a wealth of certifications and experiences, like Valerie, the owner, who is one of the only nationally certified pole-fitness instructors in the greater Sacramento area. Outstretched hands trace spiraling swirls around aerial hoops, and athletic displays of leg and core strength around poles make participants feel both sexy and healthy. In front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the trainers tailor lessons by bestowing as much one-on-one instruction as possible and as few nicknames based on unfortunate middle-school haircuts as possible.
Alan “AJ” Vidlund might have had some hint of what he wanted to do with his life when he was playing baseball as a five year old. He grew up in an athletic family and went on to earn a college degree in fitness, and he's now the owner of LiveFit Boot Camp Greater Sacramento. He's also a certified trainer, and he'll jump in to lead boot camps there as well.
These camps keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged with combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises. Trainers will also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track, including LiveFit's founders Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears. Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but they were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs.
Koko FitClub Smartraining system, which debuted in Entrepreneur magazine's 33rd annual Franchise 500 rankings, gives patrons personalized control over their own fitness with 30-minute custom workouts at automated stations. Each person's tailored regimen begins with a body-composition test, which helps trainers to build a program based on weight loss, toning, or whale-wrestling goals. Staff members then load workout plans onto the client's Koko key, which plugs into Smartraining machines. The workout equipment greets guests by name and instructions steer limbs through a medley of strength and cardio maneuvers, all of which take place at a single station. Because the system stores each visitor's progress, workouts adapt daily to keep muscle groups from starting a fight club out of boredom. A personal website tracks fitness data for at-home viewing.
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.
Kaia FIT, which was designed by women for women, uses functional fitness training to give clients back the flexibility and strength they had when they were younger. The program relies on daily changing exercises that utilize the athlete's own body weight, restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
Programs range in intensity and length, 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.
According to Aerie Yoga's feature in the Roseville Press Tribune, instructor Kendra wanted a "more playful and fun" approach to yoga and fitness. After some careful thought and planning, she decided to outfit a studio with hammock-like apparatuses, which she now uses to help trainees master all manner of poses and inversions. The apparatuses—which can turn physiques fully upside-down—allow students to stretch deeply, and also offer support to those who can't perform yoga due to ailments such as arthritis.
Aerie Yoga welcomes students of all ages and experience levels to test-drive this unconventional approach to fitness. And in that spirit, they aim to create a laidback atmosphere where light chatting and falconry calls are just as welcomed as silent meditation.