Known as the Forest Pool when it opened in 1927, Montclair Swim Club is a private, family-friendly establishment dedicated to cooling off members in style. Hillsides blooming with trees border three heated pools, including a workout pool, a recreation pool, and a baby pool. Sprawling decks allow members to sunbathe or shout butterfly-stroke tips to toddlers. Inside, a fitness center stocked with cardio machines and strength-training equipment offers sweeping views of the scenic property.
30 Day-Bootcamp enlists an array of dynamic exercises to blast calories, sculpt muscles, and bolster confidence with women’s fitness and self-defense classes. During fitness and weight-loss boot-camp sessions, instructors guide clients through 45-minute circuits that combine light strength training, plyometrics, cardio exercises, Pilates, and intense cheeseburger slandering to build endurance and foster trimmer, healthier bodies. The training center also imparts self-defense strategies, ranging from the exercise-oriented cardio kickboxing to the more in-depth assailant vanquishing taught in krav maga tactical self-defense sessions. Classes are conducted indoors and outdoors across multiple Bay Area locations, and clients can also enlist in personal training sessions for one-on-one instruction.
Signature Service: Adult self-defense and fitness
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Century
Pro Tip: Make sure it has been at least one hour since your last meal before coming to class.
Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha has instructed students in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense training with elements of dance, since coming to the United States from Brazil in 1984. Leading a group of committed and experienced instructors, Marcelo has designed a curriculum that accommodates children and adults, beginning kickers and advanced capoeiristas. The acrobatic art gives each student room to explore his or her own physical vocabulary, encouraging harmony among body, soul, mind, and prosthetic shark fin. By incorporating Portuguese terms and Brazilian instruments during class, the academy's instructors carry on capoeira’s rich tradition, even as they bring in new techniques and innovations.
In the current landscape of big-box stores and chain restaurants, many fear the dissolution of the small business. The worry is understandable, as many of these local ventures are what give cities, towns, and neighborhoods their distinctive flavor. It doesn't help that, on average, only 13% of the money spent at corporately-owned emporiums actually finds its way back to the community. This means that 87% of the dollars spent find themselves in a faraway bank account with nothing but a distant memory of the newborn pennies they left behind at home. When people give local shops and restaurants their business, however, an average of 45% of their money goes toward keeping the area and its unique culture thriving.
Fueled by this understanding, the folks at Localize It! helm The Alameda Summer Stroll, an evening of neighborhood appreciation, art, and live music. During certain days throughout the season, participants meander along several streets of the bay-adjacent burg to peruse the goods from local operations and sample locally crafted food, beer, and wine. They can even participate in a wine tasting and food pairings, as well as take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, such as Pasta Pelican, Calafia Taqueria, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Along the way, neighborhood crawlers can stop to take in the musical strains of Jim Parodi and Friends or admire masterpieces by local Alameda and Oakland artists.