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.
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.
At Moore's Chinese Martial Arts, which is one of more than 20 affiliated martial arts schools on the West Coast, the instructors specialize in shou shu, a system of pure self-defense. Literally translating into "beast knowledge," the efficient fight system utilizes the motions of seven different fighting animals. Each animal specializes in a specific type of motion and relies on the laws of physics to generate immense powers channeled in different ways. A demonstrative video showcases the martial as a practical defense technique, which Al Moore Sr. brought to the U.S. from China more than 45 years ago. In some cases, the shou shu practitioners in the video show how the discipline's strikes and takedowns can subdue multiple attackers, which would be needed if you were at a super villain's cloning facility.
Sham Sanghera's team leads students of all levels through intense fitness regimens within his intimate, wood-floored studio. He offers both personal training and boot camps, integrating his extensive fitness education into personalized sessions.
People come to Yoga-hip to get fit in quick, energetic workouts. Its six classes allow students to let loose in a noncompetitive environment while building muscle and burning fat. Yoga sessions balance deep breathing with stretching and meditation, martial-arts-inspired Punching Mama classes rely on swift punches and kicks, and Combat 4 Adults builds on basic fighting techniques with specific self-defense maneuvers.