At Yoga Fountain, proprietor Renee Sera and a staff of eminently qualified instructors guide students of all ages, body types, and levels of ability through the healing art of yoga. Classes create a supportive atmosphere that's welcoming to newcomers as they master the fundamental flows and postures of level I and II courses or move on to the more intense movements of advanced sessions. With its flexibility and resistance exercises tailored to the needs of each individual, regular yoga practice can boost overall wellness and help build muscle tone and posture before attempts at the world record for walking with a dictionary on your head.
Voted Best Gym in the Bay Area 2011 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, World Gym San Francisco is home to plentiful cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, and chiropractic care facilities. After receiving a towel in the sea foam-green lobby, guests set foot in one of the gym's spacious exercise rooms to stretch on mats while waiting for exercise balls to hatch into personal trainers. Inside cardio rooms equipped with flat screen TVs, guests can catch up on news while their hearts catch up on skipped beats.
Steam rooms and dry saunas relax bodies tuckered from group classes such as boxing, spin, and yoga. A cafe vends fresh smoothies approved by the gym's nutrition programs, and a tanning bed bronzes newly toned physiques.
Nicole Dessoye spent much of her professional career as a dancer, discovering Pilates as a way to help her body recover from injuries and continue working at peak performance. Her studies of the discipline empowered her to take charge of her own well-being. She discovered a sense of personal responsibility about her health, a feeling she realized that many had not yet discovered. She co-founded The Corner Studio to share fitness, motivation, and the inspiration to care for oneself with as many students as possible.
She and her alliance of 10 other instructors teach multiple forms of Pilates, from the classic matwork to advanced exercises that make use of the many machines that Joseph Pilates invented. They improve range of motion and joint health with Gyrotonic classes, an exercise method based on circular, three-dimensional movements. For full-body strength and endurance conditioning, they turn to G.I.T. Fit circuit training, which blends modern implements such as kettlebells and TRX suspension harnesses with more ancient methods, including jump roping and fossil lifting.
The seasoned event coordinators from Dance San Francisco and SalsaCrazy channel their experience into Taste Fridays, a weekly festival that combines bustling gourmet local fare and with infectious Latin rhythms. Each Friday night, guest mixologists or local fare vendors assemble on an outdoor patio to dole out samples of handheld fare, gourmet cocktails, or demonstrations of their craft, and performances of the pancake-flipping scene from Hamlet. While the festival’s vendor list rotates weekly, past guests include Alicia's Tamales, Rocket Fish, and The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. After attendees eat, they filter into inside to the Café Cocomo's dance floor, where instructors lead them through the footwork of salsa and bachata, ensuring feet obey their masters without the need for obedience training. As live music from guest Latin musicians and bands fills the space, guests can mingle and dance until 2 a.m.
Whether you’re an experienced card whale or you only just learned that “poker” has no silent “e” on the end, Adventurous Sports poker nights will provide you with either beginner’s lessons and etiquette or advanced poking strategies through the expert tutelage of poker pros. Everything is provided, from the table to the valueless poker chips you play with. All you’re responsible for is a steel-trap of a mind that can learn when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.
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.