Flying Yoga owner Laura Camp draws on her experience with contemporary dance, circus aerials, and various yoga modalities to create her studio’s curriculum, incorporating elements from a number of strength disciplines to ease students into a new practice or push seasoned exercisers to the next level. Laura cultivates a noncompetitive, judgment-free atmosphere where guests can feel comfortable trying their hands, arms, and legs at Ashtanga- and Vinyasa-style yoga poses, engaging Zumba dance steps, and muscle-sculpting body-weight exercises while hanging safely from a TRX suspension system.
Throughout each class, instructors encourage pupils to modify techniques or utilize the center's posture-aiding blocks and straps to accommodate physical limitations or injury. Inside the recently renovated and expanded studio, instructors keep students engaged in workout sessions by playing music during class or ratcheting the temperature up to 90 degrees, which helps to purge bodies of toxin-laden perspiration and parasitic ice sculptures.
Kamiyo Dojo's instructors focus on traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts, with classes that cover an array of stylized fighting moves. Students learn submission techniques, grappling skills, and assorted strikes—all while improving their flexibility and reaction times.
Though Jennifer Lynch spent much of her life at the gym, her career in the hospitality industry brought her good health to a halt. She acquired some bad habits that caused her to gain weight. So, when she discovered a marathon training program, she decided to sign up. This fostered a desire to help others, and eventually led her to earn multiple personal trainer certifications and fall in love with adventure racing and triathlons. Today, she's the owner of Game Changer Fitness, where she and her instructors lead classes that include Bootcamp, Body Sculpt, HIIT, and Warrior.
Gym Class Fitness founder and personal trainer Jessica Gereau shares the life skills and slimming techniques learned during her own inspiring weight-loss journey, which left her 60 pounds lighter. During personal-training sessions, instructors focus on accountability—they'll call if students skip class—to cut coach potatoes into shapely french fries. The gym's wall-to-wall mirrors reflect images of treadmills, free weights, and aerobic equipment that facilitate group exercise classes and save students the hassle of hauling in their own Stairmasters. The establishment also hosts run meetups every weekend, where joggers follow a certified coach to explore the East Bay landscape while tracking mileage, oxygen consumption, and times to improve performance.
Over the course of 30 or 45 minutes, exercisers at BayFit Boot Camp might swing weighted bags, grip kettlebells, leap over jump ropes, or sweat over a push-up board. Trainees might even defy gravity by running on the walls. To ensure a full-body sculpting, boot-camp sessions at BayFit follow a certain structure, but they're always varied to keep workouts fresh.
A student of Brazilian jujitsu since 1998, Stephan Goyne took just 12 years to earn a black belt in the combat-oriented martial-arts style, winning six gold medals in various tournaments along the way. Today, he and Bay Jiu-Jitsu’s three other instructors share their skills with students of all ages and fitness levels. Each class begins with a workout that strengthens the body for jujitsu through wrestling-specific movements. Stephan then guides students through new moves before letting them spar against an opponent in a test of strategy similar to full-contact chess.