Pilates equipment ranges from basic fitness mats to more complex apparatuses, such as Reformers, Cadillacs, and Oldsmobiles. At Centered Body Pilates, Oona Nelson and her staff make use of all this gear during their one-on-one sessions and group classes. They even take their mats on the road for onsite sessions at clients' homes. Regardless of where the workouts take place, they can be tailored for an array of fitness needs, including sports training and prenatal exercise.
For more than seven years, performer LauraLynn Featherpistol tried every dance and dancelike performance technique she could get her hands on?from kung fu to ballet, lyra aerial performance, and trapeze. Those influences are apparent in her pole-dance work today, in which she incorporates aerial movement and dance into each of her alluring, acrobatic routines. She's used her portable pole to perform at festivals, theatrical showcases, and in venues ranging from museum galleries to high-tech stages. But her creative drive also compels her to do more than just perform: at Featherpistol Fitness, she passes on her knowledge of fluid, expressive movement to her students in pole fitness, aerial dance classes, and in the way she reads the newspaper.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Whether it's circuit body-weight training, weight lifting, high-intensity interval training, or TRX, clients are advised to "Shut up and WerkOut!," the motto at WerkOut! Here, dedicated trainers lead personal-training and boot-camp sessions. The latter take place at local parks and vary based on the trainer and Saturn's position relative to Virgo.
At BodyFi, a quality coterie of personal trainers reform bodies with nutritional analysis, personal training and Pilates courses, as well as group fitness classes, which have garnered praise from Details magazine. Group classes accommodate no more than 12 beginning students or 14 advanced students and include ViPR, HardCORE, TRX, Barre Boot Camp, and kettlebell workouts. Personal training fills 30?60-minute time slots with routines customized for women, men, partners, and man-camel hybrids.
With five locations throughout the Bay Area, including three in San Francisco, Fitness SF caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts and casual exercisers from Marin to Oakland. Each center brims with muscle-toning and pulse-raising equipment, allowing visitors a wide choice of activities, from pumping free weights to using ellipticals equipped with personal viewing screens.
Although personal trainers are on hand to help refine technique and design individualized exercise regimens, the gyms' classes encourage guests to work out in a more communal setting. Yoga and Zumba appear on every class schedule, but instructors at each location incorporate their own additional sessions, such as cardio kickboxing, Bollywood dance, and Pilates mat.
Many of the locations stay open until as late as midnight on select weekdays, which leaves plenty of time for a post-workout cooldown in the locker rooms.