Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves?so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.
National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer Anna Dornier founded Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp after a frustrating period of weight-loss guesswork, during which she relinquished fruitless gym visits for a variable, 45-minute class structure. Anna's triumph over her own unwanted pounds inspired her to help others, and she now holds indoor boot-camp sessions for clients of all fitness levels. Though each class challenges participants to stretch their physical limits, everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace through an invigorating medley of strength and cardio exercises. Regular measurements calculate body-fat percentage and the number of kettlebells you can fit in your mouth to showcase individual progress. A members-only online community also doles out community support, nutrition resources, and tools for tracking your health headway.
Certified personal trainers Anna Gunn and Jennie Votel channel their professional experience into shepherding women of all fitness levels toward healthier lifestyles and higher confidence levels during intense and varied boot-camp classes. Keeping their outdoor sessions fun and diverse, the passionate duo may have students scale public stairs as part of an obstacle course, practice yoga alongside a serene pond, perform pushups against a park bench, or take an early-morning jog through tree-shrouded paths.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.
Equipment: Kettle bells, dumbbells, TRX
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We will change your life...if you let us.
Absolute Center's smorgasbord of fitness classes spans fields from Pilates to TRX and yoga, with all instructors bolstering their teacher certification with ongoing in-house training. The expansive studio is flush with the equipment necessary to help students accomplish physical and mental fitness, with CoreAlign posture-improving equipment sidekicked by Pilates reformers and roaming herds of yoga mats. In addition to a thorough screening to capture educational experience and personality, each Absolute Center trainer graduates from custom-tailored lessons on practical exercise, human anatomy, and cursive writing.