Physician and medical director Abishai Tichaona Rumano, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of medical-based beautification treatments, helms a team of physician's assistants and nurses with the help of clinical director Elham Zarnegar, who has nearly 10 years of experience in medical cosmetic injectables. This squadron of registered professionals wields lasers and neuromodulators such as Botox to battle bodily imperfections, including wrinkles, acne, unwanted hairs, and varicose veins in the shape of Howard Taft.
There's something different about the Pilates classes at IM=X Pilates Studio. If you waltz into a class mid-session, you might see people stretching on Pilates reformers, but you may also find others jumping on and off boxes, pumping pedals on stationary bikes, or using resistance rings. That's because owner Steve Smith recognized the importance of cross-training while prepping for triathlons and decided to combine Pilates with cardio and resistance training. This leads to greater functional strength, flexibility, and injury prevention.
Smith and his team of certified instructors lead a series of more than 15 Pilates cross-training classes by employing the reformer apparatus and circuit-training techniques. Specialized classes even suit specific athletic needs, such as the IM=X golf and tennis classes. Classes are 30 to 75 minutes each and can focus expressly on abs, full-body toning, or improving back strength to eliminate chronic back pain and overly clingy rucksacks. To keep classes accessible and effective, instructors scale them to individual fitness levels and offer beginner through advanced sessions.
All Zumba instructors claim to create a party-like atmosphere, but Raquel Call delivers on the promise by taking her routines all the way into the club. During evening classes at Vice Ultra Lounge, the lights dim and the beats resonate as though Raquel and her students are kicking off nights on the town. Special events incorporate themes and costumes, such as retro leggings for an ‘80s bash or sweatpants designed by Betsy Ross for Independence Day. Raquel also pays homage to her Brazilian roots with Carnival celebrations and Brazilian Nights, where she showcases her background in samba while dancing to live South American music.
Amid all the gyrating, it's easy for her pupils to forget that they're burning calories. However, Raquel's testimonials and weight-loss stories speak to the benefits of her classes. Her expertise enables her to host master classes with established guest instructors, and earned her Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay award for Best Zumba Class in 2012. By helming additional classes in yoga, samba, and Zumba Toning, she helps her guests pursue their fitness goals with a combination of poise and pizzazz.
The Studio's high-end workout facility espouses active lifestyles with a 2400-square-foot fitness center and a schedule of group classes staged inside five exercise-specific studio rooms. Endowed with 7 or 14 day passes, guests can hone ghost-story plot lines near the lounge area's fireplace or incinerate calories with the fitness center's free weights or medley of strength and cardio equipment—including a smith machine, circuit line, ellipticals, and treadmills. One-hour cycling classes churn heart rates with a fleet of stationary bikes equipped with CycleOps PowerTap technology, which monitors progress by tracking the force behind each pedal. Yoga instructors demonstrate poses inside a studio with wooden floors and an arched window that mimics the arch of spines and dutifully impressed eyebrows as students tackle a variety of yoga styles, such as gentle, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, or Yin.
San Ramon Valley Fitness hosts a wide variety of sassy classes, so cardio achievers can burn fat and feel sexier through a sassy set of dynamic exercises. Founded by personal trainer and nutritionist Cori Ann Lentz, San Ramon Valley Fitness offers a full schedule of aerobic and body-sculpting exercises that are much more exciting than running on the treadmill or playing hacky sack with a cannonball.