Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
San Ramon Valley Fitness hosts a wide variety of sassy classes, so cardio achievers can burn fat and feel sexier through a sassy set of dynamic exercises. Founded by personal trainer and nutritionist Cori Ann Lentz, San Ramon Valley Fitness offers a full schedule of aerobic and body-sculpting exercises that are much more exciting than running on the treadmill or playing hacky sack with a cannonball.
With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 200 hours of training, and 2,500-plus hours of teaching experience under her belt, instructor Umang Goel strives to instill mind-body wellness in her students during classes in a variety of yoga modalities. During classes that can be filled with children and adults alike, Umang emphasizes the connections among the physical, spiritual, and spandex aspects of yoga practice, encouraging students to perform challenging poses as they clear their minds through meditation, which she studies in basic and advanced courses at the Art of Living Foundation. Umang incorporates life-coaching skills into classes such as laughter yoga, helping students of all skill levels reap a host of benefits, including stress reduction, increased body awareness, and sharper vision in the third eye.
Started by Billy Wee—a student of Bikram Choudhury, the original founder of Bikram yoga—Bikram Yoga East Bay is a hot yoga studio dedicated to helping its students discover the healthful benefits of Bikram yoga. In each 90-minute class, students stretch and twist into 26 postures, working every major organ system in the body while sweating in a room specially heated to help release toxins. Classes are intense and challenging, but suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike, and the studio is spacious and mirror-lined. Open 364 days per year, Bikram Yoga East Bay offers complimentary towel service to its members as well as a feeling of community in each class.
The Ultimate Women's Expo offers women a chance to escape from their lives into a world filled with inspiring talks from keynote speakers, complimentary spa treatments, play casino games, educational seminars, and more than 600 shopping pavilions. Visitors can also taste wines and creative cocktails, and take home free giveaways.
In the rejuvenation tea garden, surrounded by waterfalls and trees, massage therapists perform complimentary massages, and at the beauty pavilion, aestheticians dole out beauty advice during complimentary facials and makeovers. The cooking theater shows off chefs dicing and flambeing, eager to prove to their parents once and for all that dropping out of law school wasn't a huge mistake. The InStyle stage celebrates fall fashion with a runway show.
Ilchi Lee, author and organizer, founded Body & Brain on the belief that full-body wellness springs from a healthy, active brain. Human beings, like a mad scientist's power generator, are a combination of mind and energy. Now, his protégé Yelena Krasnov shepherds students toward mental and physical strength at the San Ramon location, which teems with classes, workshops, and instructional DVDs. The studio specializes in Dahn yoga, a blend of poses, breath work, and meditation that’s rooted in Sun Do, an ancient Korean practice that teaches the mind and body to collaborate.