Having struggled with weight problems when she was younger, Healthy Habits Studio owner Rose Zahnn knows the importance of exercise and eating right firsthand. She opened the studio almost 20 years ago, and in that time has seen it grow to hosting more than 25 fitness classes each week.
Fit Body Boot Camp classes each feature a different, unique workout that helps tone and strengthen muscles, burn fat, and boost metabolisms to burn more calories for hours after the workout, not just during it. In addition to group classes, the staff is available for one-on-one sessions that can focus on weight training, Pilates, and yoga. Rose also offers a weight-loss program in which she emails clients once a day with nutrition and exercise suggestions for 10 days, or the time it takes a team of NASA scientists to reengineer your body into its healthiest, most aerodynamic version.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates' benefits to others, which she does from more than 20 clean and sunny Club Pilates?studio locations.?
A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
?Your Journey Begins Here? is painted above the wall-length mirror in Studio 25?s gym. It exemplifies just how the facility?s trainers feel about health and fitness: it?s a journey that begins anew each day. They act as guides along that journey as they direct clients in using the studio?s weight training and cardio equipment. Group classes such as yoga, hula-hoop dance, and Zumba make working out upbeat and social, and seductive dance and pole work classes add on to the gym?s myriad fitness options. Meanwhile, Kubotan self-defense training fosters muscle conditioning and teaches how to fend off both potential assailants and petition-pushers with their menacing pens and pads of paper. Upping the intensity ante, trainers also lead outdoor bootcamps at McKinley Park. An array of nutritional products and supplements sold onsite helps complete each client?s daily journey by further nurturing general health.
There are no mirrors inside the Bodytribe Fitness gym. When explaining this to reporters from Sacramento News & Review, founder Jeff Conrad explained, "I don’t care about what people look like when they come to my gym. And I want them to not care either, at least for that hour." A freethinker, musician, and fitness aficionado, Jeff challenges current fitness trends and their emphasis on aesthetic appearance inside his unique gym, where he requests that clients silence any cellphones or Theremins they may have on them. Amidst the kettlebells, free weights, and pull-up bars, Jeff and his trainers guide students of all fitness levels through functional workouts that focus on building strong and fit athletes rather than what he calls "pretty little flesh packets".
The seasoned and dedicated trainer is also an avid writer—you can find his fitness philosophy and workout advice in magazines, newspapers, and in his book, Lift With Your Head.
When it comes to beauty, Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa covers all of its bases with an expert for almost every aspect of the body?s appearance. The salon?s stylists, for example, revitalize scalps with precision haircuts and treatments that add volume and texture to wilting strands. Not to be outdone, the spa?s aestheticians smooth away wrinkles with beauty injections and oversee a tanning bed that imbues skin with shades of bronze. There?s a reason all of these services exist under one roof. Luxe?s one-stop beauty emporium saves clients time that would otherwise be spent running from salon to massage studio or tediously melting a wax candle over all of their hairy body parts.
The word asha translates to "alive and well"—a phrase that fits Asha Yoga's mission to provide the community with a place to cultivate a healthy, well-rounded yoga practice. Founder Cori Martinez expounds on this vision in a virtual orientation, explaining that although the studio does not promulgate a particular style of yoga, it does adhere to basic yogic principles: the integration of breath and movement, the practice of meditation, and the balance of effort and ease. The studio incorporates these facets into classes for students of all ability levels. "We know that each person has different needs and we support that," Martinez explains. Seven days a week, a dozen teachers, including Martinez, guide students through poses that lengthen and strengthen muscles. They also offer a teacher-training program for aspiring instructors or students who want to deepen their practice.
Beyond classroom hours, a handful of teachers maintain blogs that break down common myths about yoga. One recent entry shed light on the misconception that yoga is for flexible people, while another busted the myth that yoga is a dairy product made of fermented milk.