Foothill Fitness owner aims to help clients reach fitness goals in Grass Valley |

Foothill Fitness owner aims to help clients reach fitness goals in Grass Valley

Emily Lavin
Staff Writer

Gym owner Krista Yazzolino prepares for the grand opening of Foothill Fitness in Grass Valley.

Exercise has always been one of Krista Yazzolino's passions. Growing up in Florida, she was a dancer, and ran track and cross-country.

She attended college in Georgia, where she was introduced to CrossFit; while pursuing a degree in exercise science, she became a certified personal trainer and a certified CrossFit coach.

After relocating to California last December with her husband Anthony, a military veteran, Yazzolino envisioned herself opening a fitness studio, but knew it would take time to get settled and make connections within the community.

She began working as a physical therapy aide, but after a few months, a friend called and told her about an opportunity to take over the downtown Grass Valley space that formerly housed Pu'ali Fitness.

Yazzolino renamed the business Foothills Fitness, and recently celebrated the grand opening of the studio, located at 114B East Main St.

"It was really kind of like serendipity," Yazzolino, 26, said of the way the opportunity presented itself.

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Yazzolino said she's been able to retain many of the clients that frequented Pu'ali Fitness, and has added new ones as well.

She offers a variety of different services at the studio, from group fitness boot camps to conditioning around injury or pain.

"My specialty is that I don't specialize," Yazzolino said.

She said she strives to make fitness functional for her clients, with workouts tailored to their individual goals and abilities.

She said she came up with the name of the studio after considering all of the outdoor activities available in the foothills.

Her goal, she said, is to help clients get to a place where they can take advantage of those outdoor opportunities.

Yazzolino currently offers 30-minute private sessions ranging from $35 for a single session to $264 per month for two weekly sessions and $372 per month for three weekly sessions.

Sixty-minute private sessions range from $45 for a single lesson to $344 per month for two weekly sessions and $492 per month for three weekly sessions.

Yazzolino also teaches several sessions of fitness boot camp each week; as a limited time special, she's offering an unlimited number of the camp's 30-minute sessions to clients for $99 per month.

She's offering other limited-time specials as well, including a free one-hour initial consultation and workout and a bridal fitness package.

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Eventually, Yazzolino said, she'd like to see her studio grow into a large fitness facility, one that would house a full gym and would employ additional trainers.

For now, though, she's focused on making Foothills Fitness a part of the Grass Valley community.

She hopes to offer a free class on Saturday mornings, where interested people can come check out the studio, and also said she's open to what she calls a "karma/barter" policy, where she will negotiate membership or sessions in return for goods or services that can benefit the studio or its clients.

She hopes her training style will help take away some of the intimidation that many people feel when they're thinking about joining a fitness class or meeting a personal trainer.

"It's kind of like a safe, comfortable space to come to that's not too hard-core, if you're feeling like you're out of exercising and want to get back into it," Yazzolino said. "It's kind of a good way to ease into exercising and get to your goals without feeling like you have to get in shape before you go to a personal trainer."

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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