Equipment: LifeFitness treadmills, ellipticals, exercise cycles, and stair climbers
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You can exercise any time using your own security-access key.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Cris Santa Croce and her team of all-female coaches at Kaia Fit Natomas believe that the best personal fitness results are achieved through teamwork. In other words, each athlete needs a network that emotionally supports her and keeps her accountable, whether she's performing a sweat-inducing gym workout or taking an outdoor run on a frosty morning. The coaches live up to this aim by leading a full-body workout designed "for women, by women." Due in part to its team focus and accessibility to all skill levels, the Kaia method has been praised in a number of media outlets, including The Fox 40 Morning Show.
The six-week BRIK boot camp forms the core of Kaia's fitness programs. Three times each year, its leader runs participants through a gauntlet of creative workouts in gymnastics, running, and weight-training, which she compliments with a seasonally focused meal plan. In between these sessions, the Core program combines cross-training workouts with yoga days and Saturday-morning runs in a local park. The I Kan Tri program, on the other hand, takes a more focused approach with triathlon training in which coaches guide their students through a circuit of cycling, swimming, and running, culminating in a sprint or full-length event.
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.
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.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as Best Gym on KCRA-3's 2012 and 2014 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 18 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. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
During her college years, Kristin Walton—like most students—gave into the lure of alcohol and fast food, which led to the dreaded freshman 15...and then some. With her jeans fitting a bit too snuggly, the former competitive synchronized swimmer knew she needed to make a change. She started with yoga a few times a week, but it wasn’t downward dog that sparked her weight-loss—it was a local boot camp. From there, Kristin cleaned up her diet, enhanced her muscle definition, eventually shed 40 pounds, and gained a NASM personal training certification.
Today, she returns the favor by running her own boot camp and personal training facility, where she coaches students of all ages and athletic abilities through circuit-style training that uses body-weight exercises, kettlebells, and TRX training machines. Unlike traditional boot camps, Kristin trades in a hoarse throat and steam-emitting ears for heart-pumping music and constructive motivation; she never lets a student perform a move incorrectly and always helps less experienced exercisers make adjustments. She also doles out one-on-one advice and motivation during personal training sessions and directs clients to a blog full of healthful recipes.