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.
Xodus Fitness's trainers work hard to "move people," according to the fitness studio's mantra, but not just in the physical sense. They want to lift exercisers from the pits of ill health they've dug for themselves on every plane: mind, body, and spirit. This means not only getting fit, but also reshaping habits and behaviors into ones that will foster a healthy lifestyle. The first step will probably be Urban Body Transformation, an outdoor boot camp with fresh workouts every time, or small-group training, or perhaps it will be personal training, which gives exercisers some extra attention and guidance.
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.
Alexandra Mogannam has a passion for physical activity that she has nourished since an early age. As an adult, she received a personal-trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. So when she decided to turn her passion into a career by founding Dynamo Fitness, it was no surprise that she carried that enthusiasm with them. Alexandra stages outdoor boot camps at Villa Merced Park as well as personal-training sessions at a choice of setting, including exercisers’ homes. The full-body workouts are designed to boost strength, endurance, flexibility, and whatever mix of qualities humans need to open pickle jars.
Certified personal trainer and former firefighter Lynnette Yasukawa believes fitness has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about helping her clients get into shape, lose weight, and rehabilitate themselves after injuries, feeling that everyone should have access to fitness education. She offers in-home and in-studio personal training, as well as intense outdoor boot-camp sessions where her clients can train in a challenging team atmosphere while enjoying San Francisco’s great weather.