At The Yoga Fusion, students and teachers grow side by side as they stretch toward the sun and reach into the recesses of their minds. Founders Gloria Persico of Glorious Yoga and Greg Riley of Upward Spiral Yoga strive to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere, welcoming yogis of all levels to connect and thrive, much like the Legos in the world's tallest Lego structure. Most of the instructors bring 10–35 years of experience to the mat, where they impart ancient poses and breathing exercises that build strength, flexibility, and focus while melting pent-up anxiety. Classes range from soothing routines, filled with sitting and supine poses, to advanced hatha sessions, which are built on challenging poses and opportunities to explore yoga's spiritual side. Diablo magazine readers picked The Yoga Fusion as the city's best yoga studio in 2012.
In addition to hosting yoga classes, The Yoga Fusion offers life coaching, Bowen bodywork, and retreats at tranquil sanctuaries such as the Stillheart Institute.
30 Day-Bootcamp enlists an array of dynamic exercises to blast calories, sculpt muscles, and bolster confidence with women’s fitness and self-defense classes. During fitness and weight-loss boot-camp sessions, instructors guide clients through 45-minute circuits that combine light strength training, plyometrics, cardio exercises, Pilates, and intense cheeseburger slandering to build endurance and foster trimmer, healthier bodies. The training center also imparts self-defense strategies, ranging from the exercise-oriented cardio kickboxing to the more in-depth assailant vanquishing taught in krav maga tactical self-defense sessions. Classes are conducted indoors and outdoors across multiple Bay Area locations, and clients can also enlist in personal training sessions for one-on-one instruction.
As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Black and red hues permeate Elite Training Center's sprawling fitness emporium, which is outfitted with heavy bags and a full-size boxing ring that help guests torch calories and quicken jabs. A seasoned slew of instructors and ex-MMA trainers teaches the lethargy-banishing classes, scheduled six days a week. Fitness classes such as Pedal and Pump?a spinning and weightlifting combination?and Zumba?a cardio-heavy dance-fitness workout set to Latin-inspired tunes?sculpt bodies while increasing your endurance. Specialized programs, such as boxing and mixed martial arts, equip adults and kids with the skills necessary to take down opponents. They hone their abilities on rows of heavy bags that dangle from chains and wait for tough-love uppercuts and intermittent tender hugs, swaying silently until their true love's punch sets them free from a wicked boxing promoter's curse.
CrossFit San Ramon fosters a community of like-minded athletes, all of whom advocate for sweating, lifting, and eating right as the road to the health. Engaging in an intense CrossFit program is a victory of mind over matter with its ever-changing Workout of the Day (WOD), and constant upward scalability that helps trainees target all muscle groups through a challenging regimen. Coach Tim Hill draws from his extensive work in gyms and two decades of cross-country ski instruction to build stamina, flexibility, and strength through CrossFit, or push runners to the limit with reduced risk of injury through Pose endurance programs. Its successful CrossFit Kids' programs educates children and teens about functional fitness and inspires them to pursue it.