Inspired by her Bikram yoga practice, Anjanette Bixel-Heller opened MYNULIFSTUDIO in 2014 as a means of seeking a healthier, more natural way of life. Inside the modest space, which features bamboo floors, radiant heat, and views of a verdant courtyard, Anjanette and her staff host various fitness classes to develop guests' mind-body connections. Primary among those are the studio's yoga offerings, which include hot, Vinyasa, and Yin sessions. Other courses focus on TRX suspension training, high-intensity interval training, and Pilates- and barre-inspired workouts. After sessions, pupils can grab one of the studio's nutrient-rich, organic smoothies, which feature dark, leafy greens and whole fruits and vegetables.
During spin classes at Core Total Fitness, clients pedal away on stationary bikes scattered around the 1,200-square-foot studio while watching high-definition projections of forests, rivers, and other scenes of natural beauty. The studio's hybrid-class format sometimes combines multiple forms of exercise, with exercisers switching from TRX suspension training to spinning midway through. Other fitness opportunities include personal training as well as group weightlifting and circuit training.
C.J. Easter understands the value of physical fitness. As a former defensive back who faced some of college football's most fearsome offenses during a four-year stint with the Stanford Cardinal, he could only be as effective as he was lean. With visions of sleek physiques in mind, Easter earned his personal-training certification from the American Council on Exercise, founded Performance Science Training Institute, and set to work devising a fitness system of his own.
The gym's exclusive Metabolic Movement Training (MMT) System is the result of all that hard work. The system is designed to jump-start the metabolism, so it continues working long after the session is complete by helping the body burn fat all day long. After a dynamic warmup to boost flexibility and coordination, trainers lead students through progressive resistance training to strengthen bones and muscles. Next, exciting, short-burst cardio intervals work to condition the heart and lungs and boost endurance, and a final core-training session chisels the midsection. Every exercise includes modifications and progressions to ensure students at every fitness level will glean benefits, and every session ends with a cool-down and stretch to leave bodies feeling better than when they came in.
The institute's team of instructors also augment MMT exercises with counseling on how to make responsible nutritional decisions and set goals that are both challenging and achievable. This all-over approach doesn't simply help people get fitter; it helps them remake their entire lives in a healthier, happier image.
Realizing the challenges of balancing family, career, and health, Brien Shamp decided to help mothers reduce stress and boost self-confidence via exercise. Pulling from his years of industry experience and fitness certifications, Brien spearheaded the boot-camp fitness program that has been lauded on Best of the Bay. He works with trainers at multiple gyms to lead women and other fitness-seekers through creative, constantly varied workouts. In addition to classes, Brien provides his clients with comprehensive nutritional advice while warning them of common diet mistakes, such as eating snacks with too much sugar or the realistic-looking plastic scones in their child's tea set.
Team Taf's head trainer Adam Tafralis designs personal training sessions as well as group classes and elite programs specialized for athletes of all levels. Alexa's Fit Crew sessions pair total body interval training with cardio and strength workouts, and Mike's Noon Bootcamp incinerates calories with a series of fun and intense exercises. In addition, Team Taf hosts youth training classes to instill budding athletes with fitness fundamentals and the ability to fend off junk food-peddling cartoon mascots.
Between partner-based exercises and the inspirational commands of a certified personal trainer, community is a constant motivator during EmpowerFIT’s boot-camp classes. The savvy team of fitness gurus switch up the maneuvers of each daily class to help keep students engaged, and high- and low-impact variations of each move scale to the abilities of each student. The result is a full-body workout that relies on functional movements such as jumping, running, pushing, pulling, and bopping it.