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.
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.
Body Mechanix’s talented personal trainers, including a nationally ranked strongman and a Harvard grad, didn’t get buff all by their lonesome. Believing that encouragement and camaraderie make as much difference as weight and reps, they cook up ever-changing routines through collaboration with their fellow fitness gurus, a practice that allows them to share ideas and show off their ability to bench-press other bodybuilders. Individual lessons send clients sprinting across indoor stretches of turf or hiking heart rates with cardio and weight machines, whereas group classes help them sweat off inches with fast-paced boot-camp exercises or teach them how to jab out aggression with circuit boxing.
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.
Certified trainer Travis Sleighter lifts iron kettlebells high into the air and brings them crushing down on his students’ calorie surpluses during high-intensity workouts that can be scaled to match any fitness level. The principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies, military units, and lion-fighting social clubs, CrossFit amalgamates a multitude of exercise techniques into daily changing workouts that work in synergy to build functional strength and keep students of all mindsets fully engaged. Travis blasts away the mechanical thickets of stationary workout machines in favor of an open gym, with free-weight exercises that tone various muscle groups at once and inspire students to bulldoze self-perceived fitness blockades.
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.