A competitive runner and a figure-skating sports enthusiast respectively, Stacey Armijo and Sandra Lemos have always been physically active. However, it wasn?t until they discovered the Dailey Method?s unique blend of Pilates, ballet, and yoga that both realized their fitness regimens weren?t properly balanced. Both athletes went straight to the source?the method?s founder, Jill Dailey?to kick-start their teacher training, knowing even then that they had found their calling.
Following in Jill?s footsteps, Stacey and Sandra help students of all abilities strengthen and stretch their bodies? major muscle groups. Their low-impact classes are designed to build up the core muscles, develop long lean muscle, align the spine, and tone lean limbs, all while challenging the mind, body, and spirit to touch their proverbial toes. The instructors focus on proper posture and alignment throughout each class to stave off injury and improve their charges? ability to walk a tightrope over flames while balancing a stack of books on their heads.
The Dailey Method?s Roseville and Folsom studios are equipped with locker rooms with full showers, and both offer complimentary childcare services. The new location in downtown Sacramento offers weekday power lunch express classes, as well as a full locker room and showers.
The fun-loving team members at Flip 2 It Sports Center?whose collective credentials include a degree in child development, coaching experience in competitive cheer and gymnastics, and CPR and first-aid training?strive to cement physical activity as a part of kids' daily lives. They have made it their mission to provide a safe, welcoming place where kids can learn important life skills. Instructors lead fitness-oriented classes ranging from parkour-like urban gymnastics and floor-exercise-focused tumbling sessions to jazz and hip-hop dance. The facility's excellence in teaching made it a finalist in CityVoter's Best Cheer and Gymnastics category in 2011.
The center organizes activities such as field trips and parents' nights out. They also host special events including summer camps and princess-in-training days that feature a tea party, makeover, and guide to selecting moat-worthy goldfish.
As soon as kids can walk, they can tumble. Sometimes those tumbles aren't that graceful. That's where the gymnastics teachers at Byers Gymnastics come in. The learning center starts working with kids as young as twelve months, teaching them safety awareness through basic jumping, rolling, and bouncing. As they grow, they can learn basic hand-eye coordination and play in mock Olympic events including basic gymnastics and competitive napping.
Kids six through teen develop gymnastics skills on the vault, balance been, and parallel bars. Throughout the gym, bodies cartwheel, flip, and spring off trampolines, somersaulting in the air and coming back down for graceful landings. For more focused instruction in handsprings and flipping, kids can enroll in the tumbling and tramp class, which progresses through floor and tumble track events at a quicker pace.
Power duo Angelo Nunez and Cary Williams-Nunez opened their first Prime Time Boxing Club location in 1998, determined to spread their love of fitness and boxing to one small group at a time. Today, their boxing fitness empire extends to three gyms that been spotlighted by such reputable publications as the New York Times, Men's Fitness, and Shape. Angelo, Cary, and a team of encouraging trainers lead 45-minute fitness classes that build boxing skills from the ground up and increase stamina through an intense combination of basic jabs, bobbing and weaving, and sashays that best show off Americana shorts. The boxing aficionados train students aged 13 and older, with younger classes focusing on overall cardio and playing nice with pendulous speed bags.
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.
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 to 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.