After walking through the studio’s namesake entryway, visitors to Funky Door Yoga Polk Street are greeted by the grunts of Bikram practitioners carried on waves of steamy heat. The stretch dojo's seven-day schedule boasts early-morning, afternoon, and evening classes that take place in a classroom stoked to up to 105 degrees, the perfect temperature for facilitating flexibility or melting a corporate rival's ice statue in effigy. Students run through Bikram Choudhury’s 26 poses that pique muscles, organs, veins, and ligaments while the sweltering heat flushes toxins from the body. After a 90-minute session, students can hop into one of Funky Door Yoga Polk Street's showers, or down a bottle of water or sports drink available for purchase. The studio also stocks rentable mats and towels for greenhorn yogis not quite experienced enough to levitate.
The bright studio helps students fine-tune posework with wall-to-wall mirrors, and the expansive floor space affords enough space to execute even the most complex poses. Two nearby parking lots and metered parking afford convenient parking for car-toting students.
'N Motion Fitness inspires healthy fitness routines under the guidance of a certified personal trainer. Guests can take advantage of small-group fitness classes, one-on-one personal-training sessions, or boot camps specifically designed for women of all fitness levels. Each program blends strength training, cardio, and core conditioning for balanced and challenging full-body workouts.
Consistently considered one of America’s best cycling shops, this Cole Valley/Upper Haight mainstay is perfectly suited for getting a set of wheels tuned up to cruise around Golden Gate Park, which is (thankfully) just downhill. A neighborhood presence since racer Oscar Juner opened it in 1941, American Cyclery stocks the full spectrum of bikes, from Bianchi road racers to fixed-gear street rides, all spiffed up and shiny beneath black-and-white pictures of the founder’s glory days. Unpretentious and ever-helpful, American Cyclery might smell a bit like spent grease but its efforts to install a public parklet out front and a plaza in the vacant lot next door reveal its commitment to a safe, clean city. Complete with lots of bicycles, of course.
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.