As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Owners Patrick Mullen and Linnea Wong opened Design with Fire in 2008 to ignite a fiery passion for glass art throughout the community. Mullen, Wong, and their staff of torch-wielding artists call upon their extensive backgrounds in glass manipulation to equip students with the glass-blowing, glass-fusing, and lampworking skills needed to complete an array of projects. During hands-on classes, students learn how to create their own magnum opuses in the form of colorful beads, shimmering jewelry, unique wall hangings, and light-catching vases that empower plants to grow into Cabbage Patch Kids.
Before Results the Training Gym was opened, co-founder Matt Weaver was 120 pounds heavier than he is today. Overweight and diagnosed with diabetes, Matt decided to make a change. However, when he started looking for ways to get healthy, his search came up short and so he decided to figure it out on his own.
Weaver took the time to study all about nutrition, fitness, and weight loss, synthesizing this knowledge into a training program for himself. Once he started seeing results in his own body, Weaver decided to share his findings with others, and thus Results was born. The gym focuses on creating a fitness family, thanks to a team of dedicated trainers who take each guest's health as seriously as they do. Exercise programs include a variety of fitness styles, including boot camp, an intense interval training class, and Zumba.
Many of the customers who fill International Gymnastics Centre with flips and handsprings are little, but the center itself is enormous. Its 15,000 square feet contains state-of-the-art equipment including spring floors, a 40-foot track trampoline, and an in-ground training pit filled with more than 6,800 foam cubes. The youngest students have their own area equipped with mini trampolines, a child-size trapeze, and a rock-climbing wall for graduates of the pebble-climbing wall. Led by a coaching staff of world champions and a former Olympian, young athletes who make it onto International Gymnastics Centre's Junior Olympic team get to compete nationally.
Bright flashing lights swirl in the new air-conditioned, low-lit studio as Latin-inspired music moves hips through high-energy dance moves. The Klubhouse 2's popular West Sacramento Zumba classes lead exercisers from all walks of life through easy-to-follow, calorie-torching moves demonstrated by energetic instructors 19 times a week. The fitness studio offers bountiful group fitness classes to help guests slim profiles and bolster muscles during R.I.P.P.E.D. classes. The driving force behind these sessions is an aversion to plateaus that other, less-inventive and less-varied workout regimens can engender.