Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Helmed by CrossFit trainers Arturo Nicolas Fernandez and Steven Faulk, South Sacramento CrossFit is a fitness community where students and trainers work closely to set and achieve fitness goals. Using the scalable CrossFit system, classes incorporate a wide range of equipment and exercises—from weightlifting to rope climbing—to tailor workouts to the needs and abilities of each student.
Largely self-taught, Shannon Jane Morgan has spent the last 19 years firing up her furnaces and creating delicate, one-of-a-kind works of glass art as the owner and founder of Girl Glass. Her pieces include gracefully curved vases; pigment-dappled paperweights; and whimsical, translucent pumpkins. During classes, Morgan shares her years of carefully cultivated expertise with students, delving into the nuances of molten glass with blowing and shaping tutorials.
An ongoing series of interactive, hands-on cooking classes, The Tipsy Epicureans schools aspiring chefs in such culinary categories as appetizers, desserts, and vegetarian. Chefs with local farms, enabling her and the The Tipsy Epicurean team to build every class around fresh, organically grown ingredients, and they match quality ingredients with a professional cooking space.
Good Times CrossFit's certified coaches make tough workouts fun by transforming groups of disparate exercisers into teams that push one another toward fitness goals. Like snowmen's fingerprints, no two workouts are the same, but all share three characteristics: intensity, functionality, and safety. To prevent injuries and promote healthy habits, he coaches emphasize proper technique as they impart power lifts such as squats, cleans, and bench-presses. Calisthenics such as burpees and pushups tone the core while preparing the body for everyday movements such as lifting grocery bags stuffed with watermelons and hurling tubs of ice cream to the moon. To torch calories and foster endurance, the workouts also include cardio challenges such as sprints, rowing drills, and box jumps.
Workouts take place in a garage-style gym filled with barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and pull-up bars. In addition to hosting group classes for adults and children, instructors provide nutrition advice and sell Pure Pharma supplements.
It’s easy to never think about what chemicals make up your soaps and body lotions, but the staffers at The Soap Salon like to make sure you know what you’re getting into. That’s because they hand-make their signature line of soaps, body oils, and bath salts exclusively with wholesome vegetable oils, herbs, and nut butters. The staff takes the education one step further by inviting customers to learn how to make their own soaps and lotions through a variety of classes. Students always take home finished products, which they can then use to lather up their front lawn.