Inside Country Wood Fitness, Mike Quinata has created a space for calibrated exercises that help nurse injuries back to health. A student of kinesiology himself, he enlisted the help of bone specialists to create a circuit-training program that promotes rehabilitation and full-body strength. During the hour-long sessions, students engage in a variety of strength-training and aerobic exercises designed to focus on alternating muscle groups. Mike also creates custom training programs for his clients as well as high-intensity boot camps that prepare students to fight sentient treadmills.
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.
Equipment: TRX, Rogue Cage, Kettlebells, Cardio and Weight Machines, Free Weights
Students should bring: Water, towel and good attitude.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Danville Fit is your neighborhood gym. Best personal trainers and friendliest staff in town.
Black and red hues permeate Elite Training Center's sprawling fitness emporium, which is outfitted with heavy bags and a full-size boxing ring that help guests torch calories and quicken jabs. A seasoned slew of instructors and ex-MMA trainers teaches the lethargy-banishing classes, scheduled six days a week. Fitness classes such as Pedal and Pump?a spinning and weightlifting combination?and Zumba?a cardio-heavy dance-fitness workout set to Latin-inspired tunes?sculpt bodies while increasing your endurance. Specialized programs, such as boxing and mixed martial arts, equip adults and kids with the skills necessary to take down opponents. They hone their abilities on rows of heavy bags that dangle from chains and wait for tough-love uppercuts and intermittent tender hugs, swaying silently until their true love's punch sets them free from a wicked boxing promoter's curse.