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.
Candles flicker and a fireplace roars near the entrance to Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga, signaling that balmy temperatures warm the classrooms within. The thermostat reaches at least 95 degrees during the studio’s classes, which include flowing yoga routines that strengthen the entire body and Pilates mat workouts whose isometric exercises sculpt the limbs and core. In addition to promoting relaxation, the heat makes muscles more pliable, which helps bodies to explore their full range of motion as they stretch and balance. Pores sweat throughout the workout, removing bodily toxins and waste products such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide. To keep the space smelling as fresh as a mentholated dunk tank, staffers sanitize the eco-friendly floors between each session. After class, students can unwind in showers stocked with complimentary towels, peruse a boutique filled with clothing, lotions, and yoga mats, or sniff each of the studio’s flower arrangements.
Though co-owner Adam Downing may be able to deadlift 450 pounds and squat 325, his strength is of little use if he can’t pick up his daughter and carry her to bed. He understands strength has practical application, which is why he and co-owner Mark Dingman teach functional fitness for the real world at CrossFit Echelon. Instructors teach students to master the mechanics of each movement before adding speed and intensity, and they adhere to a passionate creed of personal responsibility, consistent effort, and limitless potential. Adam and Mark pride themselves on keeping a clean, well-organized space that accommodates the training needs of first-timers as well as serious athletes. Along with traditional barbells and kettlebells, workouts integrate heavy rope, strongman stones, and giant truck tires pilfered from mutant Micro Machines.
Inside each Sky Zone location, a wall-to-wall half-pipe made entirely of trampolines gives children and adults a venue where they can interact to their heart's content. The vast, taut, springy flooring doesn't end at the walls, but instead the trampolines continue upward to form angles perfect for crawling up, springing off, or sliding down. Visitors can meander along the bounceable terrain in the open trampoline arena, throw themselves into giant foam zones, or sharpen their competitive edges in trampoline-assisted sports such as dodgeball. SkyRobics classes merge gravity-defying fun with fitness during instructor-led workouts that include calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics to help guests shed calories without hurting their joints or taking a wrong turn on a treadmill.
Rocklin CrossFit studios pulse with high-intensity workout routines. As students undergo varied exercises from the scheduled Workout of the Day, a shoal of coaches circumnavigates the floor, guiding movements, ensuring safety, and stopping any public displays of affection between star-crossed kettlebells. Combining weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques, Rocklin CrossFit aims to build the kind of resilience, strength, and versatility that lends itself to every athletic endeavor, equipping students with the stamina to conquer any challenge they might face. Instructors scale each workout up or down to accommodate individual levels of fitness or exercisers recovering from restrictive injuries.
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.