Fans of Mario Kart know Rainbow Road as a glow-in-the-dark racecourse in outer space. So do fans of ABC's The Bachelor, only theirs is located on earth and strewn with more celebrities than turtle shells. To them, it's the series of inflatable arches that flashed hypnotically around Juan Pablo and Kat as they hurtled through the Electric Run. Seth Rogen, Carmen Electra, and a pink-wigged Vanessa Hudgens have also been spotted among the global event's hordes of runners and walkers.
Rainbow Road is just one of many "lands" that make up Electric Run's luminescent 5K. Any given Electric Run course contains five to seven of these brightly lit zones, each decorated according to its theme with neon trees, hanging umbrellas, phosphorescent cacti, and cascading fountains. Each land also matches the surroundings with its own soundtrack: upbeat and energizing for the wilder areas, calming and melodic for the surreal ones. Once the sun sets, participants travel through them all at their preferred pace. Everyone arrives at the same final destination, however?a DJ-propelled afterparty that keeps the night illuminated until the thunderous ka-chunk of the sun's timecard.
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.
Inside the studio of The Yoga Solution, certified yoga instructors strive to build a sense of community. They provide support to students of all experience levels and focus on proper alignment in poses. During classes, students use blocks, bolsters, and special ropes affixed to the walls to help stretch the body and form correct poses. In addition to regular classes, the staff teaches a therapeutic class that helps guests suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and panic attacks.
Equipment: Barbells, kettlebells, dumbells, pull-up bars, gymnastics rings, and Prowler sleds
Students should bring: A bottle of water, towel, and workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We design a fitness program that is challenging and fun. Exercising in a group atmosphere develops fun friendly competitions.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
At our gym, we realize that everyone comes from a different athletic background. We try to encourage members to try as hard as they can, but to keep proper form and technique. We can take pride that our current members are awesome; they help motivate others and foster support during a difficult conditioning session.
Has your business won any awards?
We were voted in the top 50 gyms in Sacramento by KCRA Channel 3 A-List after being open for just six months .
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a hybrid gym, focusing on Olympic lifting and general strength and conditioning.
Whether just having fun or training competitively, little ones are sure to learn a lot at TumbleBuddies gymnastics classes. Classes for kids age 8 weeks to 8 years encourage them to be independent while they learn balance and flexibility. TumbleBuddies also offers Zumba, tap and ballet, and art classes, ensuring kids are well-rounded in their extracurriculars.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 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 18 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. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.