Bella Yogini’s certified yoga instructor, Danae Robinett, shepherds students toward their mental and physical wellness goals during group yoga classes and one-on-one sessions. Robinett calls on seven years of teaching experience to mentor yogis of all experience levels, including beginners and moms-to-be. Like coffee, group classes sort students by experience level—gentle, moderate, and vigorous—helping students awaken brains and bodies at the right paces. Filled with lengthy poses and hands-on alignment adjustments, yoga sessions strengthen muscles and center the mind inside a calming holistic community center. Instead of linking poses with sticky strands of duct tape, Vinyasa routines weave them together with deep, relaxing breaths. Robinett travels to clients’ homes, offices, and hovercrafts for private sessions, which brim with personalized instruction and tips on practicing yoga amid the distractions of everyday life.
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.
Le Juin Day Spa & Clinic, appropriately named for the month that epitomizes summer, keeps skin radiant and clients as relaxed as if they had just spent a sunny day on the beach. Facials nourish skin and help roll back the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, to reveal youthful glows that would make even the Gerber Baby jealous. Salt scrubs and mud wraps similarly rejuvenate skin beneath the neck, and waxing gets rid of unwanted hair, wherever it dwells. Massage therapists sap away stresses with the gentle kneading of hot-stone and aromatherapy massages, leaving guests refreshed as they head back into the world.
After an eye injury took boxing and martial-arts champion Eddie Croft out of the ring, he set himself a new goal: becoming the first person to train a boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts champion. Having already trained a world kickboxing champion and five San Francisco Golden Gloves winners, he is well on his way.
Croft plies his trade at B Street Boxing, where his team of instructors teaches professionals and amateurs the arts of boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and tae kwon do. In the red, white, and blue ring of B Street Boxing’s gym, students jab and spar, practice their skills on punching bags, or check their form in a mirrored wall. Conditioning and boot-camp sessions also keep students from all backgrounds fit while imparting dedication, discipline, and the desire to wear boxing gloves even in the shower.
Resort Fitness eliminates the superficial atmosphere of a giant fitness club by limiting membership, keeping instructors and students on a first-name basis. College-educated, nationally certified trainers lead class sizes of 24 people in a studio with limited mirrors and warm lighting, creating a relaxed environment for working out. Inside the brick-walled, fully ADA-compliant fitness area, a state-of-the-art, 30-foot TRX training rack, resistance bands, kettlebells, and rows of dumbbells replace heavy weight machines to help patrons burn off calories. Resort Fitness focuses on high-intensity interval training that challenges and targets the whole body to achieve faster results.
Junior Gym's instructors believe that physical activity and self-confidence go hand in hand. That's why they keep all of their gymnastics, tumbling, and fitness programs noncompetitive. Kids aged 6 months to 7 years old can step through the entrance's blue archways and into the 4,600-square-foot fitness facility, where, under the tutelage of seasoned instructors, they might learn to walk a balance beam or partake in social-development activities replete with music, movement, and parachute games. These activities unfold amid a maze of mats, bars, and obstacles, which the instructors rearrange weekly to confuse any infants plotting a mutiny.
As an alternative to regular fitness classes, Junior Gym's instructors also host camps and the Terrific Tots program. During these loosely structured sessions, CPR- and first-aid-certified teachers tell stories, help kids make arts and crafts, and serve healthy snacks.
Aaron Parnell believes that good posture is much more than a matter of sitting up straight. The published author and sought-after speaker has appeared on radio and television programs to discuss his signature treatment—Reposturing Dynamics—which he uses to address conditions that range from arthritis pain to excess abdominal weight. Parnell developed the stretching-, breathing-, and massage-based technique after interviewing some 300 Olympic athletes at the 1984 Olympics about their physical, mental, and emotional keys to success. He has been performing the intense "massage workouts" for more than 25 years, and he has created books and videos to help clients continue the restorative process at home. His Reposturing Yoga DVD, for example, combines traditional Hatha yoga with cutting-edge advancements in sports performance and kinesiology.
Parnell also founded the Vitality Sciences Institute, where he trains and certifies other practitioners as part of a state-registered program. The classes teach participants to combat signs of aging with facial reposturing or improve their posture during workouts by installing a steel rod in their shirt.