Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes, in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, sports classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
At Paramount Tumbling & AcroGymnastics, children bound and tumble across the brightly colored mats, bounce on trampolines, and flip around parallel bars. But kids don't have to be aspiring gold-medal winners to join in on the fun. Here, the coaches focus on helping wee ones to develop motor skills and an appetite for fitness through positive reenforcement, while also teaching them gymnastics techniques. They lead programs for children of all ages, starting with preschoolers, that focus on having fun while learning tumbling skills, bar routines, and acrobatic moves.
In addition to classes, the expansive gym hosts open-gym sessions, which give little ones free reign to caper about all the equipment. They also welcome birthday parties and lead summer camps, which teach children to flip with or without the birthday-cake sugar boost.
Kevin Allen earned his personal training certification in 1989, but he didn’t stop there. Instead, he layered more expertise and experience onto his resume with every passing year, finally founding Namaste Personal Training to share his wealth of fitness knowledge with as many clients as possible. Now the gym has been named Oakland magazine's best gym in the East Bay in 2012 and 2013, a title Allen and his team of four trainers uphold by addressing patrons’ individual fitness goals in one-on-one personal training sessions, or obliterating bucket loads of calories in group fitness classes. They also tailor introductory fitness courses exclusively to beginners, lowering class size, shortening duration, and eliminating exercises that involve flaming jump ropes.
Sweat Republic strives to create a strong community where individuals help motivate one another to meet their respective fitness goals in stimulating group classes. Those classes include unique offerings such as Surfset, during which, participants balance on a six-foot long board suspended over three medicine balls—to mimic balancing on water—for a workout that challenges the entire body. TRX suspension systems are incorporated in some classes, while the aptly-named apocalypse training program combines elements of TRX, plyometrics, parkour, and other disciplines to give students the skills they need to survive a major catastrophy, such as a nation-wide squeeze-cheese shortage. In addition to their classes, Sweat Republic also has aromatherapy available on site and superfood drinks available for purchase.
Flags of the world's countries line the walls of World Class Boxing Gym, across from posters of Manny Pacquiao and other boxing legends. Speed bags dangle from wall mounts and heavy bags suspend from the ceiling, inviting pugilists to step up and prove themselves by massacring the bags with a flurry of jabs or moving them to tears with a sonnet. Though the equipment is professional caliber, you don’t have to be an aspiring pro to train here. The expert trainers and staff specialize in teaching students of every background, from amateur boxers to those who simply want to get in shape.
In this parkour-based studio, improvisation is the name of the game as urban acrobats navigate a changeable maze of barriers, bars, and soft landing pads using practical and functional movements. Directed by a pro team originally based out of Boulder, athletes ages 13 and older scale sheer walls, spin in mid-air, and bounce from vertical surface to vertical surface. Before they attempt open gym sessions, beginners should start on introductory classes, during which they work on strength, agility, the art of falling, and explaining to citizens that they are not real superheroes.