Founded by master trainer Sergio Silva, Team Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu arms students with the grapples and fitness techniques needed to get in shape or tackle competitors. Adult programs delve into the takedowns and strikes of mixed martial arts, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing, and women's classes range from yoga to fighting-themed fitness. Tykes can begin learning self-defense and discipline with muay thai lessons, gaining the swift, precise movements to fend off playground bullies or rebuff roving packs of feral kindergartners. A safe and encouraging environment, the Alameda studio lines its walls with cushions and trained coaches who oversee classes and open-mat sessions where students practice their martial-arts techniques or pickup lines.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Rise Body Works' staff balance their serious fitness regimens with a laid-back studio setting that resembles a coffee shop. Inside, health and fitness professionals lead sociable group classes that introduce beginning and advanced Pilates techniques, TRX fusion workouts, and boot camps. Personal trainers whip clients into shape during private sessions, and massage therapists relax backs by massaging them, using chiropractic techniques, or by hiring an audiobook narrator to read the newspaper to them.
Body Techniques' more than 20 therapists, trainers, acupuncturists, and aestheticians work together to create a unique facility that's part spa, part fitness studio. They tone bodies with a combination of yoga, Zumba, and boot camps that focus on strength and stretch. They relieve the resulting soreness, along with general tension or chronic pain, with 18 different massage modalities and acupuncture. They round out the selection of services with skin treatments ranging from organic facials and oxygen facelifts to waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair, allowing guests to perfectly emulate their own wax sculpture.
At San Mateo and Alameda beaches, a look over the watery horizon often shows dotted figures atop surfboards taming the wind and waves. Boardsports' team of certified instructors schools these adventurous participants in kiteboarding, windsurfing, and standup paddleboarding during lessons that leave both beginner and intermediate participants ready for relays with dolphins. Its fully stocked retail shop also provides gear, equipment, and rentals of surfboards, wetsuits, and other supplies to make watertop experiences fun, safe, and stylish.
The building that houses Leela Yoga was constructed in 1912 as a train station, but today the studio is home to a different kind of locomotion. Inside you'll find students stretching and sweating in a variety of yoga styles, from hatha align to vinyasa flow to ashtanga. There are even classes targeted at specific groups: seniors, expectant mothers, and plus-size students. Besides these regular classes, the studio also holds workshops on topics such as breathing techniques and meditation.