Health & Fitness

Fiendishly fun workouts on tap around Sacramento

Bee Ranes  of Land Park slides head-first into a mud puddle obstacle during the 2012 Running Dead Zombie Mud Run event at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento.
Bee Ranes of Land Park slides head-first into a mud puddle obstacle during the 2012 Running Dead Zombie Mud Run event at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

Halloween isn’t all fun and games when it comes to health.

The average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. Just because most adults don’t trick-or-treat doesn’t mean they aren’t getting their hands on the sticky stuff – and paying the price in calories.

As townsfolk are battening down the hatches for a night of ghoulish debauchery, you could be doing something a little out of the ordinary to work off those candy calories in advance by bar-crawling in spandex or sweating through a slasher-fest.

Sacramento’s most fiendish fitness types are making a game of the workout with a splattering of healthy haunts. Pump your muscles up for that Incredible Hulk costume, practice escaping the zombie apocalypse, or find something else to your liking on this list of Halloween-themed workouts.

Wicked Workout

Get your adrenaline pumping at Humani Pilates studio, which has concocted a high-intensity body-sculpting routine for the month of October. The class focuses on equipment work with the Pilates Reformer and the Chair, and difficulty is increased with each session. The lighting will be dark, the music will be loud, and the studio will transform into a wickedly eerie locale, according to studio owners.

Classes are held at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays until Halloween, at 2020 I St., Sacramento.

Tricks: This 50-minute class will cost you $23.

Treats: Anyone who takes on the workout is entered in a raffle for a free Humani Pilates membership and other fitness accessories.

Contact: Register online at or call the studio at (916) 905-2787.

5K Zombie Run

If the thought of a half marathon already scared you, be prepared for hair-raising reactions at this muddy, macabre Sacramento tradition, the Capitol Apocalypse 5K Zombie Run. Runners start at Miller Park for a circuit around the Sacramento Marina, hurdling about a dozen grizzly obstacles along the way. On top of that, you’ll be chased by hungry “zombies” who want to steal your lives – a.k.a. the flags around your waist. If you’re not a runner, show up in zombie costume to scare your friends. But be forewarned: The rules specifically prohibit flesh-eating.

Race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, 2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento

Tricks: Runners pay $50 in advance and $60 at the course. Zombies pay $25 in advance and $35 at the course. Zombies can arrive in makeup, or get bloodied professionally for $7-$12. Spectators pay $5.

Treats: Runners and zombies receive a T-shirt, a beer and access to the Apocalypse Party featuring eats from Ink and a beer garden. Spectators also get admission to the party.

Contact: Register online at or at Dragatomi, 2317 J St., Sacramento

Ninja Playground

Release your inner ninja Sunday with the Yoga Seed Collective’s AcroYoga Ninja Playground workshop. The acrobatic yoga practice involves what yogis call “flying,” or doing creative lifts and stands with a partner. Though it might sound wild, the workshop is open to people of all skill levels, and instructors will help you get onto your feet (or hands). There will also be an obstacle course, so wear clothing you can jump around in.

Find the fun at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1400 E St., Suite B, Sacramento.

Tricks: This two-hour workshop costs $20.

Treats: Flexibility, inner strength, Jedi powers

Contact: Information can be found at or (916) 978-1367.

Hot Lava Tag

Jungle gym legend has it that sometimes the floor turns into lava, and anyone who touches it gets incinerated (or at least made “it”). They’re playing by those rules at BodyTribe Fitness’ “Halloween Hot Lava” night, when participants will have to climb all over weights, tires and other obstacles to avoid making contact with the floor. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Lava tag is at 6 p.m. Oct. 25, 1930 T St., Sacramento.

Tricks: This game costs $10.

Treats: It’s a potluck.

Contact: Information can be found at

Night of the Skating Dead

Blood and sweat not your thing? You can spectate the gore at this roller derby face-off between the Sweaty Betties and the Rude Girls, followed by Sierra Region Roller Derby vs. the Folsom Prison Bruisers, presented by the Sac City Rollers. Dressing like a zombie is recommended for this double-header.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Rink, 2900 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento.

Tricks: General admission tickets are $12.

Treats: A beer garden and food from various vendors will be featured.

Contact: Buy tickets at, The Rink, Empire's Comics Vaul, or the Arden, downtown and Sunrise Dimple Records stores.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.