Health & Fitness in Oakland

$20 for $150 Toward a Complete Pair of Eyeglasses with a Free Second Pair at Site for Sore Eyes

Site for Sore Eyes

Multiple Locations

$150 $20

Opticians fit customers with frames from top designers in thousands of different styles and provide them with a second pair for free.

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$25 for 10 Classes at Bikram Yoga College of India (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga College of India

Grand Lake

$100 $25

Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

One, Two, or Three 60-Minute Reiki Sessions at Moonlit Soul Energy Therapy (Up to 62% Off)

Moonlit Soul Energy Therapy

Oakland

$60 $29

Reiki is one of several holistic techniques that energy healer Tamara uses to jump-start the body's natural healing process.

One Month of SemiPrivate Training Sessions with One, Two or Three Visits a Week at Jamz Trainings (Up to 84% Off)

Jamz Trainings

Jack London Square

$300 $55

Certified trainer James Robinson uses positive reinforcement to motivate clients through fun, challenging workouts

10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

$220 $29

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Luke Training Conditioning (Up to 60% Off)

Luke Training Conditioning

Oakland

$120 $49

Intense boot-camp classes keep exercisers engaged by mixing it up with team games and a sense of humor

Chiropractic Package with Exam, Consultation & One or Two Adjustments from Laurie Wonnell, D.C. (Up to 69% Off)

Laurie Wonnell, D.C.

Piedmont Avenue

$125 $39

Consultation and exam identify troublesome spots while adjustments aim to realign vertebrae and alleviate pressure

$59 for a One-Month Gym Membership and Two Personal-Training Sessions at Body Mechanix ($340 Value)

Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

$340 $59

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Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

$15 for One-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes at Curves ($153 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $15

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Curves workouts from Jillian Michaels are designed for women of all ages and help kick start weight loss in 30 minutes a day

Group Training Classes with Option of Private Training at The Perfect Sidekick (Up to 74% Off)

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

$149 $39

Small groups of eight to ten people build muscle and burn off fat in a safe space

$26 for $50 Worth of Snowsports — Destination 1440

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

$50 $26

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at YogaLove Oakland (Up to 88% Off)

YogaLove Oakland

South Kennedy Tract

$140 $20

Gain flexibility and greater strength in these small group yoga classes in West Oakland

Three Acupuncture Treatments with an Initial Exam from Weaving Harmony Chinese Medicine (76% Off)

Weaving Harmony Chinese Medicine

Multiple Locations

$200 $48

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$49 for a One-Month Gym Membership and One Personal-Training Session at Fitness SF ($219 Value)

Fitness SF

Multiple Locations

$219 $49

Modern exercise equipment, pool, spa, cardio machines, and group classes help gym members get fit at five Bay-area locations

One Private Tennis Lesson, or One or Three Group Tennis Lessons (All Levels) from Denton Desquitado (Up to 57% Off)

D2 Tennis

Mills College

$70 $35

USPTA-certified instructor and former D1 college player teaches tennis fundamentals during lessons at Mills College

One or Two In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatments with Touch-Up Kit at Laurel Smile Dentistry (Up to 63% Off)

Laurel Smile Dentistry

Redwood Heights

$350 $139

Dentist breaks down dark stains and discoloration using a system that leaves tooth enamel in tact

$55 for $100 Groupon — Awareness Through Movement Oakland

Awareness Through Movement Oakland

Oakland

$100 $55

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$54 for $120 Groupon — Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

$120 $54

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One or Three 60-Minute Acupuncture Treatments with Herbal Consultations at Left Coast Acupuncture (Up to 78% Off)

Left Coast Acupuncture

Fairview Park

$75 $19

Acupuncture treatments help ease mental stress and physical pain by stimulating pressure points and realigning energy flows

Three Fitness Classes from Personal Training & Coaching with Spencer (74% Off)

Personal Training & Coaching With Spencer

Oakland

$450 $117

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10 or 20 Boxing Fitness Classes at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

Boxing for Health

Oakland

$125 $29

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Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

5 or 10 Turbo Boxing Classes at Emi TKB (Up to 54% Off)

Emi TKB

Laurel

$60 $29

Learn non-combative kickboxing techniques from seasoned instructors while growing stronger and more flexible

6 or 12 Boot-Camp Classes at 30 Day-Bootcamp (Up to 87% Off)

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$130 $19

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Instructors lead women-only and coed boot camps focused on fitness and self-defense

Zoom! Teeth-Whitening Treatment or Years' Worth of Take-Home Whitening at Lake Merritt Dental (Up to 79% Off)

Lake Merritt Dental

Downtown

$600 $129

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Get a Zoom! treatment, which brightens teeth up to eight shades, or a year's worth of whitening supplies

$15 for $30 Worth of Aerobics — U-Jam Fitness

U-jam Fitness

Fruitvale Station

$30 $15

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$6 for $12 Worth of Cheerleading — Pyramid Allstarz Cheer Class

Pyramid Allstarz Cheer Class

Rockridge

$12 $6

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10 or 20 Cardio Hip Hop, Bodywerk Dance Fitness, or Zumba Classes at In the Groove Studios (Up to 66% Off)

In the Groove Studios

Downtown

$100 $45

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One-hour dance classes teach students the moves of hip-hop, popping, and Zumba

$49 for Chiropractic Consultation and One-Hour Massage at Oakbay Chiropractic ($200 Value)

Oakbay Chiropractic

Pill Hill

$200 $49

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Chiropractor susses out causes for pain, and then eases tension and aches during a one-hour massage

One or Two Months of Unlimited Lessons at U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (Up to 73% Off)

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

$100 $30

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

$26 for 10 Drop-In Classes at Monkey Yoga Shala ($150 Value)

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

Chiropractic Treatment or Treatment with Additional Adjustment at Acorn Wellness Center ($180 Value)

Acorn Wellness Center

Pill Hill

$180 $29

Chiropractor helps patients overcome acute or chronic pain and stiffness with an exam, stretching, mini massage, and spinal adjustments

Four or Eight Barrelates™, Xbarre, or Torch Classes at PHYSIQA (Up to 56% Off)

PHYSIQA

Piedmont Avenue

$88 $39

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Barrelates™ sessions blend cardio, barre, and Pilates; Torch burns calories with interval training; and Xbarre is a combination of both

$1,999 for Dental-Implant Package with X-rays, Abutment, and Crown at Rotunda Dental ($5,025 Value)

Rotunda Dental

Oakland

$5,025 $1,999

The dentist replaces a missing tooth with a titanium implant and natural-looking crown

$60 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Focused Fitness Solutions

Focused Fitness Solutions

Oakland

$120 $60

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10 Personal-Training Sessions from PLAY Fitness (50% Off)

Play Fitness

Oakland

$750 $375

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$99 for 1 Month of Unlimited Small Group Training at Next Level Personal Fitness Systems ($299 Value)

Next Level Personal Fitness Systems

Grand Lake

$299 $99

KeepFitTogether doesn't exceed 5 exercisers, so each gets attention while honing speed, strength, & other aspects of fitness

One or Three Acupuncture Sessions & Herbal Consultations at Lake Merritt Community Acupuncture (Up to 78% Off)

Lake Merritt Community Acupuncture

Downtown

$88 $25

Licensed acupuncturist aims to expel bodily aches and pain with acupuncture and ancient Chinese herbal remedies

One or Two Months of Saturday Boxing Boot Camp Classes at Phight Club (Up to 56% Off)

Phight Club

Oakland

$40 $19

Get in shape while learning how to box under expert coaches at gym renowned for producing professional fighters

10 or 15 Yoga, Dance, or Strength Classes at Flying Yoga (Up to 76% Off)

Flying Yoga

Multiple Locations

$130 $35

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Instructors at this award-winning studio lead dynamic classes with supportive modifications to accommodate students of all levels

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Jameson Cassidy Personal Training (65% Off)

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

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Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from famous physique (65% Off)

Famous Physique

Emeryville

$300 $105

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Exam, X-rays, & Cleaning With Teeth Whitening or Invisalign Credit at Randhawa Dental Corporation (Up to 87% Off)

Randhawa Dental Corporation

Multiple Locations

$410 $55

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Dental team examines teeth for health and cleans built-up plaque and tartar; option for take-home whitening kit or Invisalign credit

Six Training Sessions from Akoteu Fitness (45% Off)

Akoteu Fitness

Emeryville

$600 $330

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10, 20, or 30 Yoga and Fitness Classes at Body Techniques (Up to 82% Off)

Body Techniques

Alameda

$120 $39

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Certified and experienced teachers lead boot-camp, Zumba, yoga, and reiki/meditation classes

4 Children's 30-Minute Swim Lesson with 1 Drop-In Family Swim Pass or 1-Month Family Swim Pass (Up to 53% Off)

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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Group children's lessons teach stroke techniques and water safety in a self-paced instruction

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

10 or 15 Yoga-Pilates Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga

South Berkeley

$130 $35

Pilates mat classes are offered for students of all levels, along with Forrest, Stellarflow Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga

Three-Hour Weight-Loss-Hypnosis Class for Two or Four at Living Lite Hypnosis Centers (Up to 92% Off)

Living Lite Hypnosis

Multiple Locations

$290 $29

During a three-hour class, clients are hypnotized four times in sessions that help create healthier eating and exercise habits

Weight-Loss-Hypnosis Package with 3-Hour Class and CD for Two or Four at Living Lite Weight Loss (Up to 92% Off)

Living Lite Weight Loss

Multiple Locations

$290 $29

Weight-loss classes strive to induce lasting habits for healthier eating and exercise by using relaxing hypnotherapy techniques

$45 for Three Pilates Classes at YogaKula ($90 Value)

YogaKula

North Berkeley

$90 $45

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Studio that incorporates a spa offers Pilates Reformer classes with poses for beginners and those in need of a challenge

One-Month Gym Membership with Optional Three Personal-Training Sessions at Anytime Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

$64 $25

Get in shape at the 24/7 gym, with a trio of optional personal training sessions to help clients safely jumpstart fitness routines

$39 for Nutrition Response Testing at IHS Functional Medicine Center ($200 Value)

IHS Functional Medicine Center

Multiple Locations

$200 $39

NRT is a noninvasive way of analyzing the body in order to locate underlying causes of disease, and find ways to obtain more optimum health

$35 for $200 Toward Prescription Eyeglasses with Designer Frames at For Eyes Optical

For Eyes Optical

Multiple Locations

$200 $35

Designer frames from Burberry, Prada, and Ray-Ban contain light, resilient Toughlites lenses with a 30-day comfort zone guarantee

Health Consultation with 8 or 16 Oxygen Therapy Sessions at Breathe Health Center and Services (Up to 76% Off)

Breathe Health Center and Services

Berkeley

$415 $105

Regular sessions of oxygen therapy infuse bodies with this vital element, helping to sustain life and heal

$140 for $280 Groupon — Breathezone Oxygen Access & Lounge

Breathezone Oxygen Access And Lounge

Southwest Berkeley

$280 $140

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$19 for 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Groove Yoga ($150 Value)

Groove Yoga

Berkeley

$150 $19

Instructors lead over 40 heated and non-heated yoga classes each week, open to all experience and ability levels

Three Acupuncture Treatments with an Initial Exam from LeBlanc Acupuncture (50% Off)

Turning Point Acupuncture And Feldenkrais

Northwest Berkeley

$210 $105

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$79 for 10 Pole-Dancing and Aerial-Fitness Classes at Phoenix Aerial Art and Pole (a $200 Value)

Phoenix Aerial Art and Pole

Downtown

$200 $79

Talented instructors teach students of all ability levels strengthening vertical tricks on the pole and the art of aerial contortion

Chiropractic Exam and Adjustment with Massage or Acupuncture at Source For Wellness Health Center (79% Off)

Source For Wellness Health Center

Albany

$235 $49

The specialists at this whole-body healing center help get to the root of pain and discomfort with detailed exams and treatment plans

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Vara Healing Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Vara Healing Arts

Albany

$105 $39.50

Eight different yoga classes focus on calming the mind and strengthening the body through various styles of movement

10 or 20 Cycle or Pilates Mat Classes at Star Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Star Pilates

Moraga

$162.50 $59

Get fit in Pilates classes that teach mat techniques or cycling sessions infused with group motivation

One or Two European Body Wraps at Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Shape Shifters Pilates and Health Studio

Moraga

$180 $79

Slim down for bikini season with European body wrap sessions that may help shed 6 inches or more

Single-Day or Full-Season Family Pool Passes to El Cerrito Swim Center (Up to 51% Off)

El Cerrito Swim Center

El Cerrito

$20 $10

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Single-day or summer pass to heated, outdoor pools with lap lanes, play areas, and a water slide; grounds offer picnic tables and bbq area

10 or 20 90-Minute Hot Yoga Classes at El Cerrito Yoga (Up to 85% Off)

El Cerrito Yoga

El Cerrito

$120 $24

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Studio features new floor system with recycled cork underlay and waterproof, slip-resistant, antimicrobial covering

$2,999 for LASIK Eye Surgery at Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center ($2,301 Value)

Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center

Multiple Locations

$5,300 $2,999

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Dr. William Ellis and his staff consult with patients before performing corrective LASIK surgery and monitoring the results for 3 months

One or Three Massages with Chiropractic Exam at Smith Chiropractic (Up to 93% Off)

Smith Chiropractic

El Cerrito

$410 $29

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Chiropractor evaluates spinal health with x-rays and a thermal scan before promoting relaxation and proper alignment with massage

Three or Five Indoor Rock-Climbing and Fitness Visits at Bridges Rock Gym (Up to 74% Off)

Bridges Rock Gym

El Cerrito

$93 $26

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Scale rocks, kickbox, or flex muscles during yoga classes at this comprehensive climbing gym

$20 for $200 Towards a Complete Pair of Glasses, Plus Complimentary Replacement Lenses, at Veo Optics

Veo

Multiple Locations

$200 $20

Showrooms feature styles by Marc Jacobs and Prada as well as polarized and transition lenses

$39 for Five Body-Sculpting Classes at Pop Physique (Up to 59% Off)

Pop Physique

Mission

$95 $39

Students sweat to indie and hip-hop tunes during high-intensity strength and flexibility workouts designed around ballet-barre exercises

$99 for One Month of Unlimited Club and Class Membership at STUDIOMIX ($240 Value)

STUDIOMIX

Nob Hill

$240 $99

Clients enjoy access to gym equipment and fitness classes such as power yoga, cardio boot camp, pro box and rock climbing

One or Two Entries to San Francisco LUV RUN on Saturday, September 20 (Up to 52% Off)

LUV RUN San Francisco

Crissy Field

$55 $27

5K course that starts in Crissy Field and encourages mingling between runners who wear bibs denoting their romantic availability

$95 for Entry to Men's Health Urbanathlon 11-Mile Obstacle Race ($125 Value)

Publicis Hawkeye (Urbanathlon)

AT&T Park, Lot A

$125 $95

Competitors tackle 11-mile run and course with 14 obstacles including monkey bars, tires, barricades, marine hurdles, walls, and stairs

$13 for Registration for One for the San Francisco Turkey Trot ($24 Value)

San Francisco Turkey Trot

Mission Bay

$24 $13

Registration for one for a Thanksgiving Day 5K fun run benefitting local food banks

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $25 Off Pain Free Running Workshop at Running Flows

Running Flows

Presidio

$25 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $25 off pain free running workshop

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your First Week Of JDLT2Go Workout and Lunch at JDLT Personal Fitness

JDLT Personal Fitness

San Francisco

$0 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your first week of JDLT2Go workout and lunch

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off A Package Of 5 Pilates Reformer Group Classes at Body Chemistry Studio

Body Chemistry Studio

Mission Dolores

$51 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off a package of 5 pilates reformer group classes

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $15 Off 90 Minute Private Yoga Instruction at Britt Fohrman: Yoga, Doula Services

Britt Fohrman: Yoga, Doula Services

Bernal Heights

$15 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $15 off 90 minute private yoga instruction

One- or Two-Hour Practice Session for Up to Four People at Eagle Club Indoor Golf (Up to 40% Off)

Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Downtown

$20 $13

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Each hitting bay has a GC2 Smart Camera launch monitor, which provides statistical feedback to help goflers make corrective adjustments

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The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

520 20th Street
Oakland,
California
US

21 years ago, Ellie Herman worked as a professional dancer and choreographer, running her own company in San Francisco. She loved her work, but she had bills to pay. So, naturally, she took on a side job; she became the professional wrestler known as "Ruth Less." As soon as she began tossing fellow wrestlers around, she incurred a serious knee injury that threatened to end both of her careers. Luckily for her, the nearby St. Francis Hospital of Dance Medicine offered surgery-free rehabilitation through Pilates. Ellie did the workouts for months, and returned to her company an even better dancer than she'd been before her injuries. Later, as a masters student at NYU, Pilates once again helped her recover from hip pain. She discovered an ability to innovate within the bounds of Pilates, and resolved to become a teacher.

She opened the aptly named Ellie Herman Studio, where she continues to teach today. True to her inspiration, she uses Pilates as a basis on which to innovate better forms of corrective movement. So far, she's written nine books on the subject. She invented her own piece of equipment, the Pilates Springboard, which compresses the size and cost of the more traditional Pilates wall unit. She also developed a blend of Pilates and gait training, to help people stave of injury by becoming conscious of the way they move their legs in every day life, which helps to prevent things such as rolling ankles or randomly kicking strangers.

3931 Grand Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.

This final hole caps a breathtaking four-hole finishing sequence that rides the high ground, offering gorgeous vistas without sacrificing course play. At 259 yards, the 15th hole dazzles with tee-box views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge, but its greatest gift to golfers is a high-risk chance to drive the green (pro tip: keep your driver in the bag; there's less room than you think).

Alongside the championship course, Lake Chabot unfurls a 9-hole, par-3 layout for golfers seeking a shorter round. Shaded by towering trees, the course arcs over the same elevation changes that shape its 18-hole counterpart. Before rounds at either layout, it's not a bad idea to warm up at the driving range and putting green. The Spanish-style clubhouse is also home to the Chabot Cafe, where guests can replenish and enjoy sandwiches artfully skewered with golf tees.

Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,006 yards from the tips * Course rating of 69.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 124 from the tips * Three tee options available

11400 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland,
CA
US

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.

4409 Piedmont Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

Tony Carr was something of a renaissance man, simultaneously holding degrees from UCLA and UC Irvine, working on a vaccine for Alzheimer's, and preparing for a sailboat race to Hawaii. His regatta ambitions, however, were unjustly cut short by a debilitating lower-spine injury. Despite this twist of fate, Tony persisted, and took up Bikram yoga at the Bikram Yoga College of India as just the latest endeavor of a man with diverse ambitions. Within one month, his symptoms had been alleviated, and within four months they had almost vanished completely.

Tony had found his new passion, and he immersed himself in it with enough enthusiasm to lose 30 pounds—the average British child's entire net worth—and transform his body in the process. He traveled to India and studied personally with Bikram Choudhury, the father of Bikram yoga. Tony became certified to teach in 1998. Now he leads classes at Bikram Yoga College of India, where he guides students through the 26 postures in the hopes that they, too, can transform their lives.

478 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland,
CA
US

Monkey Yoga Shala's attentive instructors help students hone energy, balance, and strength with individualized instruction in a variety of specialized yoga classes. The studio's signature Isometric Monkey yoga melds aspects of dance, martial arts, and Ashtanga yoga to create an exhilarating low-impact workout. Additionally, resistance stretches lengthen limbs as instructors personally assist students in finding their most comfortable pose. In Vinyasa classes, aspiring yogis harness deliberate breathing to flow through asanas and backbends with the grace of a swan performing downward-facing dog. New mothers gather for 90-minute Mom & Baby sessions, toting tots through a series of mind-body exercises designed to increase energy and facilitate more focused baby-bottle juggling. Monkey Yoga's flexible roster of early-morning and late-night classes beckons participants to the spacious studio, which glows with natural light and hardwood floors polished well enough to reflect the radiance emanating from students? auras.

3215 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

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