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Each member of Bridgeway Gym’s diverse team of certified trainers taps into his or her own unique specialty to develop workout plans tailored to clients’ particular needs and goals. Gary's experience with rehab patients, seniors, and gym newbies helps him put his patrons at ease, whereas Mark's focus on varied intervals yields intense TRX routines and strength-training circuits. Alternatively, Jo, with a background in coaching competitive sports, sets his sights on weight loss and endurance building.
The gym's amenities outside of customized personal training include machines from Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Nautilus, as well as a wide array of free weights and cardio gear. During group classes, instructors demonstrate Zumba spins, yoga poses, and the spicy steps of Brazilian dance. Meditative lessons in the form of Qi Gong strengthen mind-body connection, whereas Pilates and body align courses stress the value of healthy posture and balance. After classes, the on-site steam room or sauna takes center stage, allowing clients to unwind or finally nail Richard Nixon impersonations.
At In The Kitchen (ITK) Culinary, down-to-earth restaurant chefs introduce cooks of all ages and skill levels to new techniques and cuisine. They offer a wide variety of classes, teaching everything from gourmet sauce making to cupcake decorating to knife skills. Chef Scott Davis, whom youngsters affectionately call The Culinary Dude, has degrees in both culinary arts and early-childhood education, and he created the kids' cooking program for Whole Foods. He teaches kids aged 4–14 how to follow recipes, safely cut and peel vegetables, or roll and bake patty-cakes.
Students learn how to create meals in an elegant kitchen with a flat-panel TV with surround sound, a subzero fridge and freezer, two six-burner Wolf cooktops, and two Wolf double ovens. Clients can rent out this space for private parties or private cooking classes.
The key to success for Zaaz Studios is vibration. The studios line their walls with Zaaz machines, on which guests stand, squat, and stretch as vibrations traverse their bodies. The oscillation stimulates muscles, which contract rapidly, causing muscle growth and fat expulsion. In addition to the vibration machines, Zaaz Studios also offers infrared saunas, light therapy, and microcurrent facials.
Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber, a husband-and-wife duo, team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.