Writers’ picks: Sports & Recreation

SN&R’s writers share their favorite places to get fit, get entertained and get lost

Smile while you’re getting milked for your energy at Sacramento Eco Fitness

Smile while you’re getting milked for your energy at Sacramento Eco Fitness

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Eco Fitness

Best gym that farms human energy

Sacramento Eco Fitness

Soylent Green is people, and so is Sacramento Eco Fitness's power supply. The gym, which opened last December, bills itself as the first “human powered fitness facility” in California. What does that even mean? Each time a gym rat pedals on its stationary cycles, the facility stores those watts to power its electricity. In addition to those bikes, you'll also find boxing and prowler sled training, Olympic and powerlifting weights. Classes include CrossFit, Spin and, for maximum calorie burning, Get Fit Bootcamp. For now, the most basic membership only costs $35 a month, a rate you can lock down and keep, even as Eco Fitness plans on expanding to a larger space in Midtown, according to co-founder Jose Avina. To cheer you on as you lift, there's a doe-eyed chihuahua by the name of Cocoa. 1914 1/2 L Street, (916) 329-8651, www.sacramentoecofitness.com. R.H.

Best cultural misappropriation

Johnny Cash Trail

Johnny Cash spent, what, a day here recording his 1968 live album At Folsom Prison? And yeah, his “Folsom Prison Blues” is an undisputed classic. But the degree to which the city of Folsom has bandwagoned its identity to the Tennessee-born country-music legend is inversely proportional to the amount of time that Cash actually spent here. Exhibit A: the Johnny Cash Trail, a $3.2 million project begun in 2014 with federal grants and local transportation funding. The city is celebrating the completion of the 2.5-mile trail—a concrete ribbon that takes the scenic route near prison grounds—on October 14, but isn’t done with its J.C. boosterism. The city is also hocking limited edition Johnny Cash cycling kits (little known fact: Cash was all about his Colnago Arabesque) and inmate-stamped vanity plates as it raises funds for a 3-acre “Legacy Park,” public art installations and a 40-foot sculpture of the Man in Black, who, ahem, did not live here. (Having said that, the interactive bike trail does sound cool.) 50 Natoma Street in Folsom, (916) 355-7304, http://folsomcasharttrail.com. RFH

Best sighting of drunken fauna

Sloppy Moose Running Club

While the moose is native to lands far away and shies from human contact, the Sloppy Moose is local to Sacramento and can often be seen running in large, stumbling packs to and from the New Helvetia Brewery. The brew-motivated Sloppy Moose Running Club meets every Thursday year-round at the brewery for a 3-mile “social run” followed by beer (or kombucha on tap) back at the starting point. Attracting runners, drinkers and healthy hopefuls of all shapes, sizes and race times, the Sloppy run makes for an accessible and relatively guilt-free way to drink a beer and consequently get some exercise. www.facebook.com/SloppyMooseRunningClub. J.B.