The exercise buffs at Anywhere Trainers realize that life can be hectic, and usually the first thing to get cut from the schedule is gym time. So they took the gym out of the equation. Their personal trainers meet up with clients on their own turf, whether that be a home or a park.
Voted Best Gym in the Bay Area 2011 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, World Gym San Francisco is home to plentiful cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, and chiropractic care facilities. After receiving a towel in the sea foam-green lobby, guests set foot in one of the gym's spacious exercise rooms to stretch on mats while waiting for exercise balls to hatch into personal trainers. Inside cardio rooms equipped with flat screen TVs, guests can catch up on news while their hearts catch up on skipped beats.
Steam rooms and dry saunas relax bodies tuckered from group classes such as boxing, spin, and yoga. A cafe vends fresh smoothies approved by the gym's nutrition programs, and a tanning bed bronzes newly toned physiques.
Casual fitness enthusiasts and dedicated martial arts practitioners can all find a place at Gym 445. When founding the studio, owners and instructors Kru Edgerton Brown and Bebe Etzler chose to create a setting that catered to beginners as well as advanced students, providing them with a place to hone their self-defense skills and learn the mixed martial arts techniques needed to safely subdue an unarmed mannequin. In addition to Thai kickboxing and conditioning classes, the experienced trainers also help people master jiu jitsu and offer kids' kickboxing classes so the whole family can get a challenging, full-body workout.
On the bottom floor of Civic Center Fitness, exercisers change clothes and shower before heading over to the weight room on the same level. On the second floor, they get their hearts beating on treadmills and cardio equipment. But there's even more cardio equipment on the top floor, along with a group cycling room, an aerobic room, and a stretching area, giving the center a diverse array of workout options. Experienced trainers only add to the offerings, as do convenient closed-captioned TVs.
At CrossFit Cypher, a battalion of certified Level 1 coaches puts its clients through daily workouts designed to breed a high degree of functional fitness. The gym's atmosphere?one of support, encouragement, and a pinch of competitiveness?goads exercisers to push themselves through one more deadlift, make one more trip up the climbing rope, and refuse to turn on the outboard motor on the ERG rowing machine. The result is improved performance across a number of fitness metrics, including endurance, strength, speed, and agility, to say nothing of the transformations in physique and general health.
Founded by competitive bodybuilder Jim Wilson in 1992, Physique Magnifique quickly outgrew its humble beginnings as a personal-training outfit stationed in a one-car garage. The gym’s talented trainers and instructors now spur bodies into action inside a fully equipped 6,000-square-foot space during one-on-one training sessions and group classes. Suited for all ages and ability levels, Physique Magnifique’s classes range from children’s judo to Olympic-style weightlifting coached by Jim Schmitz, thrice the coach for the U.S. Olympic team and one-time personal trainer to the Brawny Man.