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.
Voted Best Gym in the Bay Area 2011 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, World Gym San Francisco is home to plentiful cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, and chiropractic care facilities. After receiving a towel in the sea foam-green lobby, guests set foot in one of the gym's spacious exercise rooms to stretch on mats while waiting for exercise balls to hatch into personal trainers. Inside cardio rooms equipped with flat screen TVs, guests can catch up on news while their hearts catch up on skipped beats.
Steam rooms and dry saunas relax bodies tuckered from group classes such as boxing, spin, and yoga. A cafe vends fresh smoothies approved by the gym's nutrition programs, and a tanning bed bronzes newly toned physiques.
Casual fitness enthusiasts and dedicated martial arts practitioners can all find a place at Gym 445. When founding the studio, owners and instructors Kru Edgerton Brown and Bebe Etzler chose to create a setting that catered to beginners as well as advanced students, providing them with a place to hone their self-defense skills and learn the mixed martial arts techniques needed to safely subdue an unarmed mannequin. In addition to Thai kickboxing and conditioning classes, the experienced trainers also help people master jiu jitsu and offer kids' kickboxing classes so the whole family can get a challenging, full-body workout.
On the bottom floor of Civic Center Fitness, exercisers change clothes and shower before heading over to the weight room on the same level. On the second floor, they get their hearts beating on treadmills and cardio equipment. But there's even more cardio equipment on the top floor, along with a group cycling room, an aerobic room, and a stretching area, giving the center a diverse array of workout options. Experienced trainers only add to the offerings, as do convenient closed-captioned TVs.
At CrossFit Cypher, a battalion of certified Level 1 coaches puts its clients through daily workouts designed to breed a high degree of functional fitness. The gym's atmosphere?one of support, encouragement, and a pinch of competitiveness?goads exercisers to push themselves through one more deadlift, make one more trip up the climbing rope, and refuse to turn on the outboard motor on the ERG rowing machine. The result is improved performance across a number of fitness metrics, including endurance, strength, speed, and agility, to say nothing of the transformations in physique and general health.
"At Body By X, members learn to become comfortable with the uncomfortable, a key to achieving fitness goals." That just one part of the Body By X mission: to get exercisers past their fitness hurdles so the gym becomes a place associated with success and development. Inside the welcoming facility, trainers help clients develop their bodies in pursuit of just about any fitness goal, including losing weight, gaining weight, improving bone density, or boosting confidence. Among the many offerings, the space houses free weights, cardio machines, and a basketball court as well as a fly gym, where instructors lead students through exercises that combine yoga and Pilates fundamentals with a suspension-cable system. Trainers also lead cycling, rowing, stretch and TRX classes, as well as sport-specific training for athletes and personal training for individuals.