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Reopening Plans!

Hi Everyone, 

We hope you have had the opportunity to participate in some of the group workouts that our amazing instructors have been putting on Facebook live for you. As many of you know, multiple other fitness clubs and studios have already reopened here in Redding. This has led to an influx of questions from many of you as to when Sun Oaks will be reopening it’s doors. We would like to officially announce that we will be reopening with extensive Covid-19 precautions on Monday, June 1st. Below are all of the precautionary changes we are making to encourage healthy exercise while we manage the Covid-19 pandemic:

Precautionary Changes Due to Covid-19

  • We will be adjusting our hours to give our enhanced custodial crew more time with the club empty to clean and sanitize the equipment and facility. We will also be remaining closed on Sundays to allow for a full facility deep clean. Here are the facilities hours until further notice: 

Sunday: Closed
Monday -Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • We will be doing temperature checks at the front entrance to ensure that anyone who has a fever will not be using the facility.
  • We will no longer be holding onto keys at the front desk to avoid cross contamination. 
  • We will be requiring admin and customer support staff to wear masks whenever they are unable to adequately social distance with members or other employees.
  • We have also updated the layout of the cardio room, removed unnecessary items and equipment.  This will ensure adequate social distancing and help make cleaning easier.
  • Group Fitness classes will not be held in person immediately upon opening.  We will be phasing in person classes over the next few weeks with registration required for each class.  This will allow us to keep class sizes small and allow for social distancing. Click here to learn more about Group Fitness and to see the temporary schedule.
  • Group Fitness classes will continue to be broadcast on Facebook Live.
  • The childcare won’t be reopening immediately, with plans to phase it in with in person Group Fitness classes. 
  • We are adding extra hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipe stations.  Those stations will be clearly marked with signs.
  • We will be closing all water fountains that aren’t meant to fill water bottles. 
  • The pools will be opening with the club, but we will be requiring reservations for lanes to encourage social distancing.  

Beer Garden – Wowza!

This is the perfect beer for someone who is worried about undoing the killer cardio workout they just had, but aren’t willing to sacrifice flavor! With only 100 calories and 4g of carbs this beer has less impact on your waistline than a Bud Light, but tastes like a rest day in the spa. According to Deschutes themselves, the Simcoe, Citra, and Cashmere hops bring out the orange and passionfruit flavors, while the Callista hops add tones of blackberry. 

What people are saying: 

“I like it. It’s not too strong, and I definitely taste the orange in it. I could drink this anytime!” 

“Has nice citrus flavor in the front, with a crisp malt backbone. The carbonation seems a little higher as well for a very bright mouthfeel. Definitely “crushable” as Descutes likes to say themselves.” 

Current Lineup

On Tap

Underground Mtn Brown by Founders

Tangerine Tornado by Heretic

Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada

Mighty Dry Cider Golden State

Longboard Lager by Kona

Wowza! by Deschutes

Citra Slam IPA by Revision

Coming soon: Mind Haze IPA by Firestone Walker

To Keto or not to Keto

It’s that time of the year.  Time to make a fresh push towards losing the Holiday weight, or simply a great time without distractions to focus on reaching a goal.

As you have no doubt been paying attention, a common phrase in the weight loss industry is “KETO”.  Keto, short for ketogenic diet, is a high fat – low carb diet, designed to put your body in a state of ketosis.

What exactly is ketosis?   

Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when the body begins to burn fat for energy, because it does not have enough carbohydrates to burn. During this process, the liver produces chemicals called ketones which the body will utilize in place of glucose.

Is the ketogenic diet effective? 

Without getting lost in the details, the science says that there is a net loss in calories when fat is converted to ketones.  In other words, stored body fat will be burned more quickly in a state of ketosis.

But does it actually work?  

The evidence does show that there is a statistical difference in the rate of weight loss between the ketogenic diet and other diets.

Why wouldn’t everybody do it?

First, the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet may have more to do with the fact that people experience a mild loss of appetite while in ketosis.  There are a number of possible reasons for this, including, a down regulation of metabolism by the body, the satiating qualities of fat, or simply that eating avocados and eggs can induce palate boredom or malaise.  

Second, the speed of weight-loss experienced while in ketosis is matched only by the speed of weight-gain after returning to a normal diet. 

Third, if there are any functional issues in the kidneys or liver, then ketosis could represent a potential burden for the body.  Also, special attention must be given to the intake of sufficient micronutrients if the diet continues for a long period of time.

Final thoughts.

The ketogenic diet is a proven dietary method for losing large amounts of weight, and for losing it rapidly; however, the diet must be viewed from the perspective of the end goal.  If the aim is to lose weight for a specific event without regard for putting the weight back on, then it can be effective. If you are looking to make permanent lifestyle changes and obtain a new standard of body mass, then a nutrition plan that effectively fits your life may be a better option. In either case, being well informed is always the best option.