AnthroFit was born out of owner Tristen Davis’s love of anthropology and fitness. Tristen, who holds an MA in anthropology and certifications from CrossFit and the NCEP, designed a program that blends traditional fitness methods such as CrossFit and the paleo lifestyle with her own academic anthropology studies. The result is a fitness regimen that crosses various platforms, including CrossFit exercises, TRX Suspension Training, trail running, and weightlifting. Tristen is living proof of the results, as someone who used to suffer from chronic fatigue and has now completed more than 20 half marathons and three marathons.
Rise Chiropractic & Fitness's 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.
Max Fitness CrossFit sprawls over 4,000 square feet, plenty of space for the patrons who flock to the gym for its Workout of the Day. As the term implies, these workouts change daily—but they always incorporate the functional strength and conditioning moves around which CrossFit is centered: pull-ups, shoulder presses, squats, dead-lifts, handstands, and push-ups. Though the workout can be adjusted to suit any fitness level, instructors are also ready to help anyone who feels sore afterward with yoga classes designed to restore one's range of motion.
The certified CrossFit trainers at Lamorinda CrossFit want their clients to be in the best shape of their lives. Whether their goal is weight loss, building strength, or becoming more athletic and agile in general, the center has everything members need to become stronger, faster, and leaner. Using everyday, functional movements, such as squats, lifts, and pulling, in conjunction with weights and gymnastics, CrossFit works all the major muscle groups for a full-body workout. Clients begin by taking four Basics classes, after which they move onto the Workout of the Day, which can be customized for each individual’s fitness level. Members can choose to work out alone or in one of Lamorinda CrossFit’s classes, which offer the motivational boost of group energy.
As Ross Valley CrossFit states on their website, they’re focused on creating a workout that’s “productive, not destructive.” That said, the CrossFit system is intense, and the trainers push their students to the limit during daily workouts populated with a variety of challenging but functional movements and exercises. Through the use of intuitive movements such as pushing, running, and texting, they prepare class participants for anything the day can throw at them, from hauling groceries to fireman-carrying a large person, running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. They mix up routines each day to keep things interesting; students may perform pushups and deadlifts one session before swinging kettlebells and running sprints the next. Paired with nutritional advice, workouts help those of all ages and fitness levels slim down, enhance agility and flexibility, and build brawn across all muscle groups.
The ClubHouse Training Schools help aspiring baseball players reach new athletic peaks under the tuition of seasoned coaches and MLB scouts. Well versed in the arts of hitting, pitching, and yelling for bags of peanuts, the instructors hone players' skills in a 17,000-square-foot training facility, which facilitates year-round practice with indoor batting cages and a full on-site gym with free weights and stationary bikes. A regimen of fitness and performance training helps athletes stay in shape on and off the field—sure to be an asset during the ClubHouse's fall high-school baseball league, when students put their skills to the test by pitching crumpled math homework.
The founders of Your Body Works chose the gym's location in Solano County after reading a startling statistic: in 2009, this county had California's highest percentage of residents with diabetes. So Your Body Works is outfitted with everything that locals need to get in shape: ellipticals, cross-trainers, treadmills, free weights, and strength-training machines. They also lead group fitness classes with focuses such as spin and body sculpting; the schedule also includes CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional cross-training workout program for exercisers of all experience levels.