There is strength in numbers at Bikram Yoga Fremont—flexibility, too. The studio’s staff of 10 certified Bikram yoga instructors schedules more than 30 classes per week–some in the morning, some in the afternoon, and others at night. Each class takes place in a 105-degree studio and teaches students the breathing exercises and 26 postures of Bikram yoga’s creator Bikram Choudhuy. The staff’s handle on Choudhuy’s techniques, paired with their enthusiasm for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, was recognized in 2009 when readers of the Freemont Bulletin voted the studio Best Yoga Studio.
Though Core Studio's workouts blend elements of Pilates, resistance-training, and strength-training, the company's entire program has two core methods: SPX fitness and RealRyder indoor cycling. Each of the studio's instructors are masters of both. The SPX workout has a specific science designed to work muscles toward their limits and the heart toward victory. Armed with this knowledge, the instructors motivate clients to sweat through flexibility and core-strength-enhancing workouts in three classes: Core SPX, Core Cycle, and Core 30/30, a blend of SPX and Cycle. SPX workouts use the Megaformer, a state-of-the-art Pilates reformer that relies on spring resistance, whereas Cycle classes use the RealRyder indoor cycle—a stationary bike that isn't actually stationary. As it turns and tilts with riders, mimicking the motions of a real bike ride, the machine encourages functional movements, such as pedaling faster to escape a pack of invisible wolves.
Noxcuses Fitness's fleet of upbeat trainers motivates students in dynamic Pilates and yoga sessions. The studio packs an accommodating schedule with intensive classes that pupils can drop into six days a week. Natural light glimmers on rich hardwood floors in the spacious movement room as fledgling yogis synchronize exhilarating breath and limbering stretches in Intro to Yoga lessons. Delving deeper into yogic technique, Yoga Practice spices up calming asanas with intense Pilates exercises and bench presses with weights shaped like the Om symbol. Similarly, Pilates mat classes work to sculpt cores and align spines, and Pilates Equipment sessions allow students to tone torsos and harness the resistance of Reformers, Wunda Chairs, and toddlers who have just learned the word “no.”
Smiling terra-cotta statues, forever posing, and potted orchids caught in a heliotropic stretch mirror the stillness and intensity inherent in Yoga at Cindy's challenging sessions. Skilled yogis guide groups of fewer than 30 students through hot-yoga classes, sweating out toxins and loose change caught in pores in the 98-degree rooms. Practitioners of all skill levels bend their way through a variety of poses in the 60- and 90-minute sessions as the heat helps to keep muscles malleable, improve blood flow, and promote detoxification. Classes include heated Vinyasa-flow that focuses on the synchronization of breath and movement, more vigorous power-flow courses that tone muscles, and specially designed classes for recent mothers and mothers-to-be. In between classes, the studio is cleaned daily, and deep cleaned every other week to avoid the notoriously judgmental eye of the full and half moons.
According to the trainers at 3Fit, fitness is a way of life. And that way of life encompasses not only a healthy routine and satisfying workouts, but a mind-body-spirit path to a healthier and happier body. Part of that approach often includes personal training, where trainers design a totally customized experience and workouts that specifically shed fat and evict calories that have long overstayed their welcome. 3Fit also offers boot camp, an intense lifting program done in a group setting.
Vivre accommodates each guest's exercise preferences and cardio curiosities with a range of fitness classes and high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. Membership benefits give runners, Pilates buffs, and karate children full access to the gym’s class schedule of quadriceps-building kickboxing classes, aorta-pumping spin classes, and chi-harnessing yoga classes. Patrons looking to fly solo can commit flagrant arson on innocent fat cells with treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines—many of which are equipped with personal TV screens. Vivre’s intimate studio spaces make it easy for sweat donors to chat and socialize with one another, and its certified fitness trainers are more than happy to explain the difference between a dumbbell and a Liberty Bell to bewildered eighteenth-century time-warp victims. Chill out after a hard day’s muscle blasting with complimentary coffee and water before wicking off with a provided towel in Vivre’s clean and fully equipped locker room. Childcare services are also available to members for $7 per hour.