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Do you call The City of Trees home? True-blue (make that purple) Sacramentans know, there’s more than one reason to live in California’s capital city. Show off your Sactown home-pride and see how many of these ring true for you!

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The farmland surrounding Sacramento county provides a bounty of local produce for California’s capital. An abundance of seasonal summer crops are ready for you to use in Sacramento’s best recipes, where succulent corn, golden summer squash, and fragrant melons get to shine.

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How many mobile apps do you use in a day? Apps can add convenience to your life, connect you with other people, and keep you entertained. It should come as no surprise then that there are plenty of mobile apps designed specifically to help you with your workout at the gym. Here are some fitness apps that you can download to give you workouts, instructions, motivation, and the ability to track your progress at the gym. The best news -- each one is free.

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Reaching your fitness goals requires focus and dedication. Maintaining this dedication can be tough sometimes, but the results are always worth it. Improved fitness, better health, a smaller pair of jeans -  no matter what your fitness goals are, here are five tips to help you stay focused to reach them.

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Nothing says summer quite like the State Fair! Now through July 10th, you can enter to win a Farm to Fork Family Four Pack including: 4 tickets to the State Fair, parking passes, 4 midway passes, a 3 month family membership to California Family Fitness, and a BONUS $150 gift card to one of Sacramento’s best Farm to Fork restaurants, Hock Farm. Don’t miss this awesome prize pack!

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Are you ready to show off your fit physique at a fitness competition? Fitness competition training can help you get into the best shape of your life, and transform your already fit physique into an award worthy frame.

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The average human body is made up of around 75% water and is critical to the functioning of the body's systems. Your muscles and brain are composed of 75% water, bones are 22% and blood is 92% water.  Water is vital to allowing all of our body's systems to function properly. By the time you find yourself feeling thirsty, you are already in a state of dehydration.

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Dede is one of Cal Fit’s superstar Zumba instructors! She gets members movin’ and shakin’ each week with a unique combination of cardio, strength and fun for a calorie-busting workout.

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If you are looking to improve your strength and endurance to achieve the long, lean body you desire, it’s time to put the force of gravity to work for you.

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My son will be three in September, but from the time he was born he has been a natural water baby. He took to the pool immediately with zero fear of the water. He loves to jump in, put his head under the water and “swim” for hours on end. As his parent, I’m equally pleased and terrified just how comfortable he is around the water. I want Benjamin to love swimming, but I also want him to understand the boundaries and safety rules associated with any body of water. As an active family who loves to swim, we decided it was time to enroll him in swim lessons and harness his desire and lack of fear into a skill set.

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Let’s talk clothes...and shoes and sports bras and ear buds. What completes your workout bag? What are the things you can’t live without? Or more importantly, what are the things you get to the gym, realize you forgot, and would be willing to turn around to go get cause you just can’t get a good workout without them. 

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Ready. Set. Play ball! Our favorite Sacramento Baseball team, and Triple A for the San Francisco Giants, is heating up for the 2015 season! To welcome our sluggers back to the field, we’re giving 10 lucky winners a family 4 pack of tickets! Perfect for a family date night this summer. Enter to win now through June 19th and you could be rooting for the home team with your family!

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From now until June 30th, check-in before you check-in!

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I’ve been a Cal-Fit member since 2007. When I first started going to the gym on a regular basis, I was in my early twenties and single without children. Back then I had the luxury of working out in the morning, on a lunch break or after work. I could pick whatever gym location I wanted, and sign up for any class (Pilates or Cardio Kickboxing were my faves!)

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Whether you are training for your next marathon, or just want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Northern California, you are in luck. The best running locations in Sacramento will carry you near lakes, rivers, through shaded woods, and past gorgeous vineyards. Runners from every skill level can choose from an easy 3 mile run, or go all out for 30-plus miles. While you train for your next local race event, lace up and head out to one of Sacramento’s best running trails.

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Have you ever seen a bodybuilder on stage, showing off his hard work and cut muscle definition to the admiring crowd? Or been there after a bikini competitor’s first show to see her beaming with pride at her incredible transformation? If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on an incredible show.

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I’ve worked out on and off my entire life. I’ve taken short breaks for bumps or bruises and long breaks for having children. I’ve gone through the yoyo phase where I gain muscle, lose fat and then get out of my routine only to be disheartened by the idea that I have to start again from the beginning. I thought I’d share few things I’ve taken away from my experiences with regards to consistent gym time:
 
Find a workout buddy. This is crucial and has to be my number one. People are much more likely to self-sacrifice than to sacrifice others that depend on them. Nobody likes to leave a buddy high and dry by not showing up when they committed to being there. So, ask a neighbor, a friend, throw it out on your Facebook, maybe there’s someone else you know that’s needed that little push to get into the gym too.
 
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. I once dated a guy in college who despised the gym. Not for any reason in particular but never the less, I found that I went significantly less often during that dating phase.
 
Eat healthy (relatively speaking). It is very easy to justify grabbing for the bag of potato chips that you wouldn’t have allowed yourself before because “you deserve it.” While I agree, you should be rewarded for putting forth the efforts of a good workout, recognize that if you are loading up on junk food your compensating for all your hard work. Don’t be your own worst enemy here, allow yourself the opportunity to see results because once you do, it will be extremely motivating to progress further. Moderation is the key. Don’t overdo it.
 
Utilize the resources at your gym to ensure you’re getting the most out of your gym experience. Specifically, I’m talking about trying new classes but there’s all kinds of resources that can help motivate you at Cal Fit (ahem personal trainers). I digress. I never realized how hard cycling was. I was really surprised because I could run several miles pretty easy but it’s nice to challenge your body in different ways to get improve yourself and your health and fitness levels. 
 
And lastly, remember that your only competition is yourself.  What are your goals, how can you accomplish them. Don’t worry about what the guy next to you is bench pressing. If your goal is to squat 95% of your bodyweight, or to lose 2 pant sizes, how can you accomplish that? Comparing yourself to others doesn’t accomplish what you set out to achieve, so hone in and enjoy your small victories as you gain speed towards your larger future accomplishments. :)

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California Family Fitness is a proud sponsor of the Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival on June 7th. Grab your sisters, mothers, daughters and girlfriends for this fun run and festival that includes:

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It’s lurking around the corner: summer. You can’t run, and you can’t hide, so the only thing left to do is get busy getting fit.

If you’re like most of us, you woke up one morning a few weeks ago and realized that the turkey from Thanksgiving, and the chocolate bunnies from Easter are still deposited firmly where you don’t want them to be. It’s time for serious action.

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Name and title with CFF:  
Cameron C., Sales Manager
 
Hobbies:
Baseball, golf and football
 
Where would you like to travel, but have never been?
Italy and England
 
Favorite movie:  
Field of Dreams or Bull Durham
 
Favorite food: 
Italian Food

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