You. Only better.

Move. In many ways. There isn’t a single worthwhile reason to not embrace strength.

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Bodytribe is Northern California’s hub for modern physical culture, where intensity, camaraderie and compassion create the ideal philosophy for the best relationship you can have with your body. ¬†Our ongoing mission: to increase comprehension of the role of strength and well being in self actualization and our relationship to the community. That’s our idea of health… a holistic understanding of intensity and movement, combined with embodiment and nutrition. Physically, it’s as simple as The Big 3: Train hard, eat well, rest hard. Metaphysically, it is so much more.

It’s playtime. Hard, intense, empowering, life changing playtime! Although based in Sacramento (members of the Sports and Fitness Co-op at 1924 T Street), our network spreads across the country, with workshops and clinics from coast to coast, and our new online show Strength Rituals.

deadlift odessa alejandro 5bwLet’s start with the quick list…


Now let’s go into detail…

We’re one of the very few places in Northern California that exists as a sanctuary for a philosophy. Not just a training hall for like-minded folks, but a dojo based on personal and tribal empowerment through movement. But this stuff is for anyone. Competitive athlete? We’ll make you better, in fact we’ll put our years of experience against anyone in Northern California. But if you’re new to movement and physical challenge, we welcome you to an exciting new journey. Many of our tribe have only recently embraced a passion for action in their muscles and minds as well. Somewhere in between? Prepare to increase your abilities and your awareness of who you are.

If getting outside isn’t your goal of training inside, then why bother?

So we welcome everyone, but our unique program design requires that everyone get to know us and our concept before getting started. Technique and movement understanding are first priority for us, so let us introduce you to what we do.

snatch allyson bottom 1bwCrossfits come to us to learn. MMA fighters come to us for conditioning. Powerlifters and Weightlifters come to us to master technique. We’ve been teaching kettlebells since before there were any certificatiosn for them. Mobility? We created the Brutal Recess concept of movement and flow to create longevity and injury prevention as direct aspects of our program design. We are the modern Physical Culture.



The first gym in Sacramento to…



… feature kettlebells* (and tires, sandbags, leverage clubs, rings, Olympic lifting platforms, etc., etc.). BodyTribe was Sacramento’s first true physical culture gym,utilizing techniques and tools that are just now starting to register on the common fitness radar. Before Crossfit, before the MMA explosion, we were practicing a brand of strength and conditioning that TO THIS DAY is unrivaled in Sacramento. Our passion is beyond the What and How of strength, but most importantly, the Why!



Kettlebell Curious? We were the first to use them and we continue to be the number one source of kettlebell information and instruction in Sacramento. We’ll show you KB techniques that are unique to our Tribe, but we also ask that everyone question their the current KB dogma

… bring out the athlete* in ANYONE. Ya can’t really believe that the treadmills, machines and limited weight training opportunities at commercial gyms are actually FUN, can ya (and what have they truly done for you?)? People who seek ability, transcendence and empowerment train differently, but these techniques are not reserved for some secret society of athletes. Try something different and learn about yourself in the process.




… build a powerlifting team, weightlifting team and strongman/woman team. Our fitness concepts involve embracing real strength and real ability, and therefore our clients and members are introduced to the world of strength athletics. To inspire them even further, we offer the opportunity to compete in powerlifting* (raw), weightlifting, strongman, mas wrestling, highland games, adventure runs, etc. and our teams consist equally of women and men from all backgrounds and ability levels. Competition to us means personal empowerment through organized challenge*, not ego driven conquest. We’re called the Bodytribe Misfits and Masters Strength Team, and anyone is welcome to explore with us.



Life is suffering. Overcoming is Living. Finding it Fun is truly being Alive!

… have regular workshops. What other gym in the area holds weekly workshops, or twice-annual strength camps*, that bring people hungry for the most exciting information on strength and ability from all over the country? None. BodyTribe has an international reputation as a fitness education center, and provides continuing opportunities for learning and cultural development.



… host award winning art shows (as well as music, spoken word and dance events). We’ve been a staple of the Second Saturday Art Walk for 10 years now, and have also been a stop for touring bands and shows.




“Mind and body should be viewed as two halves of a perfect whole.” – Julia Thomas, 1892


… build a community of movement and support.From charity events to movie nights to animal adoptions, BodyTribe is far more than just a gym, and has been for many years.

* = link to blog post on subject


Who we are

The body is a tool for greater purpose, not just the end result of your training. Therefore, training is the means to an increase in the quality of life through movement. The Physical SubCulture is the modern organized effort to incorporate centuries of physical rituals and beliefs in exercise and movement into an integral part of all aspects of culture. Whether through lifting heavy objects of all shapes and sizes or finding new ways to move the body by itself, the Physical SubCulture movement is about strengthening the spirit through pushing the limits of the body.



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4 Responses to You. Only better.

  1. I just wanted to say congrats for the awesome way you guys train. I have been trying to develop my own program like this for a while. Optimal functional capacity! Is there any way that I can plug in to your workouts from South Carolina. I would love to learn and grow along side such workout enthusiasts as yourselves.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Jared Anderson

    • Hi Jared. You should either come visit for one of our strength camps (or, heck, just come visit as many folks do from around the country), or you can help us organize a workshop out that way. We’re working on a North Carolina workshop now and we have one on the books in Alabama in July. I’ll post the details soon. Oh, and we’ve got some DVDs that might be interesting.

  2. KaSandra Kopytko


    I stumbled on you while watching some Olympic weightlifting history videos on youtube. I love this sport more than words can say, and from all the way up here in Saskatchewan, thanks for the videos and for sharing your training philosophy.

    Keep Calm and Lift on!


  3. Andrew Juntunen

    Hi Bodytribe,

    So psyched to have found you guys. I’m a native of the Sac area, I just recently changed my undergraduate focus from pre-physical therapy to strength and conditioning and I’m eager to learn all I can about the field. Look forward to meeting you all in person!

    – Andrew Juntunen

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