Nelson Recinos wasn’t born a martial-arts master. In fact, his first experience with fighting was surviving on the streets of a war-plagued El Salvador. Once he escaped his situation, Recinos honed his skills with a six-year tenure in Thailand, where he learned muay thai from local masters. Eventually he came to the states to compete as a professional prizefighter, winning 129 bouts and losing only 1.
Now he brings his lifetime of expertise to students at Recinos Muay Thai Bootcamp—an 8,000-square-foot facility. Recinos teaches muay thai and boxing, both of which he’s competed in. Sean Tribble, a purple belt in Brazilian jujitsu, assists by teaching his grappling art. Personal trainer Amanda Staudinger rounds out clients' training regimens with a cardio and conditioning class designed to get participants in fighting shape, with strong limbs, a powerful core, and hands replaced with bricks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kovar's Satori Academy is Sacramento's leading group of martial arts schools. We have been voted Sacramento's top martial arts school four years in a row by the readers of Sacramento magazine and viewers of KCRA. We have classes for people of all ages and all classes are taught by friendly certified instructors.