Each member of Bridgeway Gym’s diverse team of certified trainers taps into his or her own unique specialty to develop workout plans tailored to clients’ particular needs and goals. Gary's experience with rehab patients, seniors, and gym newbies helps him put his patrons at ease, whereas Mark's focus on varied intervals yields intense TRX routines and strength-training circuits. Alternatively, Jo, with a background in coaching competitive sports, sets his sights on weight loss and endurance building.
The gym's amenities outside of customized personal training include machines from Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Nautilus, as well as a wide array of free weights and cardio gear. During group classes, instructors demonstrate Zumba spins, yoga poses, and the spicy steps of Brazilian dance. Meditative lessons in the form of Qi Gong strengthen mind-body connection, whereas Pilates and body align courses stress the value of healthy posture and balance. After classes, the on-site steam room or sauna takes center stage, allowing clients to unwind or finally nail Richard Nixon impersonations.
She’s been an athlete since high school, but it wasn’t until Abbie Feibush moved from New Jersey to San Francisco that she, as she puts it on her web site, got “bitten by the endurance bug.” It was a combination of joining a running club and trying to expend the energy of her young Weimaraner that did it. And after completing her first marathon, Abbie was hooked. She ran another, completed a few triathlons, and then went on to finish seven ironman competitions. All this, while maintaining a full-time job in sales.
In 2011, Abbie left that desk job for good to open her own fitness enterprise, AbFitTraining. As a certified personal trainer, she now leads individuals and small groups through customized programs and boot camp sessions amid the stunning backdrop of local parks. Best yet, the workouts never get old. Abbie’s constantly changing regime of cardio and strength training exercises helps clients of all fitness levels achieve their goals—be it to lose weight, run a marathon, or spin around 100 times without feeling the slightest bit dizzy.
Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Certified personal trainer Cleveland Hughes Jr. leads up to 30 clients at a time in high-energy workouts on weekday mornings. Every 55-minute workout is different, but classes are composed of aerobics, strength training, kickboxing, gymnastics, and games. Nutritional guidance is also offered.
Grass Fed Girl Personal Training and Nutrition Services' founder and certified personal trainer Caitlin Weeks draws on her experiences with weight loss and nutrition to help clients achieve their personal fitness, health, and lifestyle goals. After struggling with weight, crash diets, and nutrition from an early age, Caitlin took arms against unhealthy habits and ultimately lost more than 80 pounds. After experimenting with several low-calorie, high-protein, and vegetarian diets, Caitlin discovered holistic nutrition, and now offers holistic nutrition coaching, personal training, and boot camps to help her clients take control of their health without ugly threats or blackmail.
At BodyFi, a quality coterie of personal trainers reform corpuses with nutritional analysis, personal training and Pilates courses, as well as group fitness classes, which have garnered praise from Details magazine. Group classes accommodate no more than 12 beginning students or 14 advanced students and include ViPR, HardCORE, TRX, Barre Boot Camp, and kettlebell workouts. Personal training fills 30–60-minute time slots with routines customized for women, men, partners, and man-camel hybrids.