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.
A few years ago, Matt Weaver came down with a serious case of Type-2 diabetes. He needed to get into shape. After much searching, Matt realized that no gym in the area could help him with the kind of intense, focused regimen he needed. He started putting together his own fitness curriculum, wrangling his health into a manageable headlock. With that sorted, Matt set out on a mission to open a facility like the one he'd searched so hard for but was unable to find.
That's where Results the 24 Hour Gym comes in. There, Matt and his business partner have avoided common industry pitfalls, such as throwing clients at a gauntlet of workout equipment, or hiring toned mannequins to lead fitness classes. Instead, they've assembled a team of trainers to spearhead various high-energy group-training programs. Boot camps, for instance, are packed with motivation and little dose of the competitive spirit to help exercisers squeeze the most out of every minute. Meanwhile, the R.I.P.P.E.D. program combines resistance, interval, and plyometric training techniques, all of which exercisers perform to the motivating beat of up-tempo tunes.
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.
First-time visitors to Spotlight Dance & Fitness’s 7,200-square-foot studio might notice that their feet feel lighter before the lesson even starts. This sensation of walking on clouds is no trick of the mind—the studio’s floating, cushioned beech floors were imported from Denmark to give dancers a little more spring in their step. Though impressive, there’s more to the studio than its physical enhancements, which also include wall-length mirrors and a trio of smooth white columns that dancers often reference while attempting to maintain straight posture.
The beating heart of Spotlight Dance & Fitness lies in its energetic instructors, who teach a variety of dance styles practiced in nightclubs and ballrooms around the world. Partners twirl across the hardwood in tango lessons and feet shimmy across the floor in salsa and bachata classes of all levels, but the studio’s specialty is its ballroom series for beginners. Throughout the course of this series, instructors develop fancy footwork and reinforce proper dance-floor etiquette, such as never slouching or dipping your partner in the punch bowl.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
Walking into the weight room at The Capital Athletic Club, visitors may think they’ve stepped into a European cathedral. Vaulted wood ceilings soar above resistance machines and free weights, immersing exercisers in a light, airy atmosphere and allowing trainers to participate in the annual Bring Your Giraffe to Work day. Dozens of classes cater to group fitness in four wood-floored studios and a heated, outdoor pool ensures comfortable laps regardless of outside temperature. Enthusiastic, highly qualified personal trainers collaborate with members, helping craft new programs for beginners or enlivening veterans' tired routines.
The club's amenities mirror its luxurious appointments, with each full member receiving a permanent locker for stashing clothes and parking meters you tore out of the ground with your bare hands. The staff launders workout clothes overnight, freeing up members’ time for relaxing in the expansive saunas and steam rooms. WiFi facilitates impromptu business meetings and spa services offer relaxing treatments.