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.
Voted Best Gym in the Bay Area 2011 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, World Gym San Francisco is home to plentiful cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, and chiropractic care facilities. After receiving a towel in the sea foam-green lobby, guests set foot in one of the gym's spacious exercise rooms to stretch on mats while waiting for exercise balls to hatch into personal trainers. Inside cardio rooms equipped with flat screen TVs, guests can catch up on news while their hearts catch up on skipped beats.
Steam rooms and dry saunas relax bodies tuckered from group classes such as boxing, spin, and yoga. A cafe vends fresh smoothies approved by the gym's nutrition programs, and a tanning bed bronzes newly toned physiques.
Honored with the rank of 6th dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon, the world's official Taekwondo governing body, David Park brings considerable chops to every lesson at his boxing and Taekwondo studio. Monday through Saturday, David leads a full schedule of classes for all age groups and skill levels. Classes are offered ? la carte and in packs of ten, while memberships grant budding bruisers unlimited access to classes as well as the gym's facilities, which features an ample supply of punching bags and a motivational chorus of punches landing on the punching bags.
Since its opening in 1999, Krav Maga San Francisco has invited guests to sweat through workouts that help to build their endurance, muscles, and flexibility, in more than 70 classes held in a 12,000-square-foot, two-story facility. The full-body workout is designed to help students of all ages and fitness capabilities to learn self-defense moves while having fun and building confidence.
Twenty certified and skilled instructors aim to create a non-judgmental atmosphere, geared toward providing support for members in their journey of self-improvement. Instructors are trained in self-defense, conditioning, TRX, yoga, ground fighting, heavy bags, and CrossFit. The gym's specialty, Krav Maga is taught in multiple levels, instructing on self-defense and fighting techniques including stance, punches, headlocks, and how to make your attacker truly believe their shoelace is untied. An impressive schedule of yoga, cross fit, TRX training, and conditioning rounds out the fitness-focused offerings.
The ClubHouse Training Schools help aspiring baseball players reach new athletic peaks under the tuition of seasoned coaches and professional baseball 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.
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.