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Though Core Studio's workouts blend elements of Pilates, resistance-training, and strength-training, the company's entire program has three core methods: SPX fitness, Core Barre, and RealRyder indoor cycling. Each of the studio's instructors are masters of both. The Core SPX workout has a specific science designed to work muscles toward their limits and the heart toward victory. Armed with this knowledge, the instructors motivate clients to sweat through flexibility and core-strength-enhancing workouts in four classes: Core SPX, Core Barre, Core Cycle, and Core 30/30, a blend of SPX and Cycle. SPX workouts use the Megaformer, a state-of-the-art Pilates reformer that relies on spring resistance, whereas Cycle classes use the RealRyder indoor cycle—a stationary bike that isn't actually stationary. As it turns and tilts with riders, mimicking the motions of a real bike ride, the machine encourages functional movements, such as pedaling faster to escape a pack of invisible wolves.

2695 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto,
CA
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

600 Alma St
Menlo Park,
CA
US

The certified trainers at Fitness Incorporated have one goal: empowering their patrons to lead fitter and healthier lives. They lead group fitness classes, including CrossFit, boxing, and Brazilian jiujitsu along with one-on-one personal-training sessions to help guests meet their wellness goals. To supplement the fitness component, Fitness Incorporated also offers nutrition and weight-loss programs to help patrons slim down without relying on risky fad diets.

1050 Independence Avenue
Mountain View,
CA
US

Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.

She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.

515 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City,
CA
US

During spin classes at Core Total Fitness, clients pedal away on stationary bikes scattered around the 1,200-square-foot studio while watching high-definition projections of forests, rivers, and other scenes of natural beauty. The studio's hybrid-class format sometimes combines multiple forms of exercise, with exercisers switching from TRX suspension training to spinning midway through. Other fitness opportunities include personal training as well as group weightlifting and circuit training.

1007 Washington Street
San Carlos,
CA
US

Malina Fitness combines the amenities of a large gym with the accessibility and welcoming vibe of a neighborhood fitness studio. Both beginning exercisers and seasoned athletes can feel at home here, and all guests can seek help from the studio's trained staff. From cardio and weight-training equipment to personal training, there are plenty of options to meet fitness goals. The studio also includes spacious rooms for yoga, Pilates, and other group fitness classes.

1485 El Camino Real, #102
Belmont,
CA
US