Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 18: Introduction to the Capital Athletic Club (CAC)

When we first moved to Sacto, Mr. E did some research on options for a health club for us to join, as we had both enjoyed full-service facilities back in Madison.  The main criteria were for the facility to be close to home (an apartment at 19th & H was our first domicile here) and to have a pool.  That pretty much limited our options to the 24-Hour Fitness on 7th & K or the Capital Athletic Club (CAC) on 8th & O.

Mr. E checked out both facilities initially, and then it was my turn.  My first exposure was to the CAC, and I think that spoiled me for anything else!  The CAC is in a building that has had multiple previous uses, including as a funeral home (!) and a restaurant, so it's structured in a way to have separate areas for separate activities, e.g. Studio 1 for group fitness classes and some cardio machines; Studio 2 for cycle classes (also Pilates when we first joined); Studio 3 for yoga, karate, and weekend child care; a dedicated cardio room; a dedicated weight room; several handball courts; a hair salon; a small cafe, eating area, and TV gathering area downstairs behind the reception desk and lobby; a small TV gathering area upstairs; and a heated all-season, 4-lane, 25-yard outdoor pool.

I was very impressed with the CAC, both the structure and the friendliness of the staff, and the contrast when touring the 24-Hour Fitness couldn't have been more stark.  The staff there really focused on the "sell," and the architecture of the building was mostly one huge room with lots of different machines and functions plus a small 25-yard indoor pool.

The decision to choose the CAC wasn't terribly difficult, despite the higher price point, and we have been so pleased with our membership benefits and interactions with the staff and other members during the past 10 years.  When we moved from midtown to downtown Sac, our choice became even more convenient, as we now live only 2.5 blocks from the Club.  Between the two of us, I'd say we have utilized the Club on a daily basis for a variety of activities over the years: swimming laps, water aerobics during the warmer months, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, step, boot camp, weight training, volleyball, Power Pump, hip hop, HIIT, TRX, elliptical, treadmill, rowing machine, etc.

Let's consider this just an introduction to the CAC for the moment, as there are many other aspects of our experiences at and connections to the Club that will merit future blog posts.


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