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.
Students should bring: Water, towel, jump rope, and a yoga mat if you have one, or use ours
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Kaia FIT Rohnert Park is for women of all ages and all fitness levels.
At Sonoma County Martial Arts Center's 6,000-square-foot facility, Master Herb Cody and his staff train aspirant martial artists in the ways of discipline, strength, and self-defense. While in China, Cody became a world-champion professional fighter at the age of 17 and was named a master in kenpo. Cody is also ranked as one of the top escrima instructors in the world and has trained world-class athletes in addition to the clients at his center.
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.