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.
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.
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.
Dr. Angelica Farrell sits at the helm of Salud Chiropractic, an integrative and bilingual clinic that offers preventive and corrective care. The doc treats both children and adults who suffer from lower- or upper-back pain, and begins treatment with a complimentary spinal assessment and consultation. She may then take a few x-rays and prescribe a series of spinal adjustments to not only relieve pain but also correct the underlying problem. As a result, patients leave Salud—which means health in Spanish—feeling more energized than a child who just sipped an espresso through a Twizzler.
Carefully crafted by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., The Links at Bodega Harbor’s 6,290-yard course brings the coastal majesty of Scotland’s famous links to the seaside hills of Northern California. Stunning elevation changes test golfers’ ability to adjust their yardages for up- and down-hill targets, while hillcrests offer picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and dolphins using echolocation to chip in golf balls from tough lies in the ocean. Knee-high native grasses and cavernous pot bunkers threaten to ensnare errant shots, and fast, multi-tiered, bent-grass greens make golfers earn every two-putt. The 461-yard par-four 18th is rated the second-hardest hole on the course, ending the round with a dramatic flourish as golfers must launch their approach shot over a brambly ravine to reach a heavily-bunkered green stationed just steps from the sandy beachfront.
Those looking to enjoy bayside views without having to keep track of autonomous golf balls can retreat to The Bluewater Bistro & Bar. Glasses of Sonoma County wine let guests toast to the career of a sandwedge that decided to retire in the ocean as they lounge on couches next to a stone fireplace. The elegant diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus anchored by fresh fish and locally-sourced ingredients.
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