Though their individual specialties differ, Fourth Power Fitness’s staff members—a certified personal trainer, a CrossFit coach, and a former competitive boxer—compile a gym system whose goals are universal. Instructors prioritize exercises that are relevant to the body's real-life movements into a regimen that can be tackled by guests of all ages and abilities. Members can conduct solo workouts during open-gym hours or attend a variety of classes. First Fit, for example, caters to beginners with its cardio- and strength-themed circuits that are meant to tone muscles, promote weight loss, and ensure every pickle jar in each student’s home can be opened. Alternatively, Sports Performance Training strives to boost athletes' speed and power on the field. The routines in these programs abide by the four qualities—or "powers"—referenced in the gym's name: ground-based, complex, explosive, and functional.
Students also participate in calisthenics and machine-based workouts, taking advantage of the facility’s amenities, which range from racks of medicine balls to the indoor track. In addition to classes, trainer Kenneth Hall also offers nutritional guidance in the form of custom meal plans.
Equipment: Barbells, kettlebells, dumbells, pull-up bars, gymnastics rings, and Prowler sleds
Students should bring: A bottle of water, towel, and workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Trevor, Trainer/Co-Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We design a fitness program that is challenging and fun. Exercising in a group atmosphere develops fun friendly competitions.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
At our gym, we realize that everyone comes from a different athletic background. We try to encourage members to try as hard as they can, but to keep proper form and technique. We can take pride that our current members are awesome; they help motivate others and foster support during a difficult conditioning session.
Has your business won any awards?
We were voted in the top 50 gyms in Sacramento by KCRA Channel 3 A-List after being open for just six months .
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a hybrid gym, focusing on Olympic lifting and general strength and conditioning.
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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Fitness Inside & Out is not a conventional diet and exercise program.
Instead, it brings body & mind together.
You'll learn how to get in touch with your body wisdom and actually enjoy exercise.
You'll get in shape easily and naturally.
This is permanent change and freedom - balance for life!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Fitness Inside & Out makes exercise fun so you get engaged in the process.
It becomes something you enjoy and want to keep doing. You also learn tools that help you cope with stress and other emotions that have caused you to overeat. As a result, your body and all parts of your life get in shape!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After 8 years of practicing intuitive energy medicine and life coaching, I recognized that physical fitness is essential for transformation. It's important to honor both the body and the inner being.
When we do, we become fit both inside and out.
What do you love most about your job?
Watching people transform physically, mentally, and accomplish their goals.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves—so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.