Having adapted his training philosophies over the years, Austin Gwaltney quickly realized that there is no substitute for intensity. At Innovative Strength & Conditioning, hard work pays off as exercisers test their limits with a bevy of traditional and innovative routines. Gwaltney’s highly efficient workouts use full-body, multi-muscle movements to simultaneously ramp up the metabolism, burn fat, and build muscle. Gwaltney and his team also work with students who haven’t worked out in weeks, getting them up to speed after a winter spent on the couch or a spring spent in a Fluffernutter cocoon.
Toraino Singleton first discovered personal training in 1995?and he was exhausted after only 15 minutes of exercising. That came as quite the shock, seeing as Mr. Singleton was already a collegiate athlete and well on his way to signing a contract with the NFL. The experience solidified his workout philosophy: there is always room for improvement, and there is no finish line when it comes to fitness.
Today, Mr. Singleton and a team of trainers help others to meet and move beyond their fitness goals at Innovative Strength & Conditioning. Sean Corbilla leads participants in group fitness classes that have a full-body focus, incorporating strength, flexibility and cardiovascular workouts.
The Sacramento Zoo’s ZooMobile brings a menagerie of birds, snakes, and amphibians to schools, along with trained instructors who teach the importance of protecting these animals’ habitats. The live animal visits enhance lessons about animals’ characteristics and adaptation to natural environments, with presentations specifically tailored to each grade level and to meet the California Department of Education's life-sciences standards. With additional funding, the Sacramento Zoo could send the ZooMobile program to Title 1 schools that qualify for the federal-school-lunch program.
In 1942, a group of women decided that it could raise funds to improve the community. The initial projects included war-effort contributions, starting a children’s theater, and the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. As the decades passed, the women expanded their outreach, and today the Junior League of Sacramento welcomes all women aged 21 and older to engage in volunteerism in the community. Among their many outreach efforts, the group assists nonprofits and community programs through charitable work and fundraising to help programs reach those in need.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Every summer, the paths of William Land Park come alive with all things banana for the annual Sacramento Banana Festival. Taking a look at the banana?s influence as a staple food in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, the festival incorporates activities that celebrate those cultures, including jazz and reggae music and international dance performances. One unique draw is the Power Soul Stroll 5K Run/Walk, and food lovers can munch on plantain chips, banana teacakes, or frozen bananas. There are also banana-themed art exhibits and an open-air marketplace, making it easy to find the right banana depiction for your home's kitchen or banana closet. To close out the day, watch kids mug for the audience in the banana pageant or spend some time walking down the banana bread path while tasting recipe samples and raising money for local organizations.