Today they’re playfully dubbed “The Boot Camp Guys,” but Jaron Eliopoulos and Jeffrey Sears were merely students of kinesiology when they met in 2005. After bonding over a shared passion for fitness, the two began to move toward their current nickname by leading boot camp on the side of personal-training jobs. But when their camp spread to two cities and more than 100 patrons, the amount it takes to overthrow a tyrannical couch potato, Jaron and Jeff could ignore their calling no more and LiveFit Boot Camp was born.
Accountability is the glue that holds campers together at the sessions, which are held at parks all over the region. Jeff and Jaron dream up a new workout each day and turn it over to trainers who not only encourage the clients that attend, but also check in with no-shows to make sure they’re staying on track. Through combinations of sprinting, suspension training, kettlebell moves, and other exercises, the routines keep muscles guessing and attendees engaged.
Breakaway Bikes' owners and bike enthusiasts, Phil and Christina Fifer, equip cyclists with bicycles, athletic apparel, and gear from quality brands including Marin Bikes, Haro Bikes, and Niner Bikes. To suit the needs of cyclists of varying skill levels and ages, they carry merchandise for adults and children who plan on treading rough terrain, meandering along city streets, or coasting down bowling-alley lanes. In addition to wares, the couple smoothes rides with tune-ups, bike-fitting sessions, and overhauls.
With a population of just a few hundred, Tomales provides small-town charm close to a host of outdoor activities. Dillon Beach's sandy dunes provide a scenic backdrop for clamming digs or quiet strolls past tidal pools. At Point Reyes, about 20 miles south, 33,000 acres of coastal wilderness delight bird watchers, hikers, bikers, and kayakers. A breeding colony of elephant seals decorates pups' nurseries with squid mobiles near Chimney Rock between December and March, and California gray whales have been known to parade past the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula.A long day in the salt air can rouse a serious yen for seafood, and restaurants in the surrounding area oblige hungry visitors with pescatarian delights pulled straight from the bay. Picnickers can fill their baskets at the local general store, deli, or bakery and dine alfresco with a side of ocean vistas or picturesque sunsets. To wash it all down, the renowned varietals of Sonoma await about 45 minutes to the east of Tomales.
Bonsai trees, bamboo gardens, and trickling streams cover the five secluded acres that make up Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, which brings a relaxing piece of Japan to Northern California. But this escape from the modern world doesn't just surround its visitors with nature?it literarily immerses them in it, thanks to the cedar enzyme bath.
Osmosis founder Michael Stusser discovered the treatment in Japan, and he made it his spa's signature service upon opening in 1985. The experience begins in the tea garden, where 25 organic plants lend their benefits to a hot herbal tea. Things then move inside, where guests dip down into wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan?which create a natural warmth through fermentation. The warmth relaxes the entire body, and proponents believe it has numerous health benefits. After they're warmed through and pleasantly dozy, guests can explore the plants and water features out in the meditation garden, or stay inside for different spa treatments, from facials to massages.
Mighty redwoods tower over the Inn at Occidental, where a European-style courtyard opens out onto gardens and, in the two blocks surrounding them, the adorable town of Occidental. Folk art covers the walls inside, where guests cozy up near the fireplace and gather in the living room each evening to sample wine and cheese. And that's just the beginning of the potential activities. The Inn sits within reach of tastings at more than 100 Sonoma wineries. Fortunately, the staff are all seasoned pros when it comes to navigating the countryside, and they can map out a tasting itinerary for virtually any palate.
Copa Vida Med Spa helps to revamp figures with minimally invasive and noninvasive cosmetic treatments vetted for their efficacy and scientific soundness. Board-certified maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Tony Chu chairs the facility with expertise in facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, which he developed through stints as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Texas and through training with Mayo Clinic's former chairman of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Chu's seasoned staff of aestheticians, surgical nurses, and surgical assistants lends a helping hand during the med spa's various treatments, which include everything from Botox and liposuction to facials and event makeup for weddings or visits to the DMV. With an emphasis on the individual, Copa Vida Med Spa tailors custom skincare regimens to each client using professional products from Colorescience, SkinCeuticals, and Jan Marini.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.