Every month, the staff at Body Kinetics selects a member to honor. They summarize this member's workout program and results on a Member of the Month announcement, which describes the challenges that he or she has faced and includes notes from trainers. It also serves as a recurring reminder of the gyms' communal, encouraging approach to wellness.
This supportive vibe permeates all aspects of both Body Kinetics' clubs, from the dance-fueled Booty Beat routines in Novato to the outdoor cycling sessions at Mill Valley. In addition to yoga, Pilates, and body-sculpting fitness classes, each gym also hosts small-group and private training workouts. They complement their strength and cardio regimens with other wellness services, such as massage and nutrition consultations.
A lot of the action at Mill Valley Aquatics and Fitness Center takes place in the pool. In the aquatic oasis, whose roof can be retracted so swimmers can enjoy clear summer days, adults swim laps or soak in a hot tub while youngsters take swim lessons, zip down the water slide, or learn how to play water polo. Elsewhere, the aquatics and fitness center features a fitness floor full of essential cardio and strength-training equipment. Personal trainers set clients on the proper path toward fitness, and group classes include yoga, Pilates, spin, and water exercise and therapy. (A childcare room is available if you want to exercise alone.) For events that don't require a lot of athleticism?unless your 80-year-old grandfather does a vigorous waltz?the center offers a sunny and airy banquet hall for craft fairs, ballroom dancing, weddings, and community events
Prior to opening her personal fitness studio, Sara Ellis was a World Cup-class mountain-bike racer competing for the award-winning Volvo-Cannondale team. As her racing days were coming to a close, she began coaching others on biking techniques, strength training, and physical conditioning—and fell in love. Personal training quickly became her new passion, whether she was working with elite athletes or individuals inspired to improve their health.
Ultimate Fitness specializes in slow-motion strength training and other customized training programs. In keeping with her background, Sara also leads terrain-based indoor spinning classes that test participants' limits, whether in the area of exertion or in the number of towels they have to use in a session.
Equipment: Stability and Bosu balls, weights, calf stretcher, foam roller, etc.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Outdoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
The instructors at Cycling Fusion Marin collaborate with advanced indoor-cycling technology to help students of all skill and fitness levels develop strength, balance, and endurance with a schedule of virtual rides and classes. Founders and experienced cyclists Leslie and Jen guide students through HD courses that simulate the experience of pedaling through Italian country roads or Hawaiian coastlines without traveling or the hassles of battling a territorial kraken. Through a range of classes, including Introduction to Cycling, Heart Zones, and Performance, students learn to operate the bicycle computer and get their hearts pumping.
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.