As Ross Valley CrossFit states on their website, they’re focused on creating a workout that’s “productive, not destructive.” That said, the CrossFit system is intense, and the trainers push their students to the limit during daily workouts populated with a variety of challenging but functional movements and exercises. Through the use of intuitive movements such as pushing, running, and pressing, they prepare class participants for anything the day can throw at them, from hauling groceries to fireman-carrying a large person, running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. They mix up routines each day to keep things interesting; students may perform pushups and deadlifts one session before swinging kettlebells and running sprints the next. Paired with nutritional advice, workouts help those of all ages and fitness levels slim down, enhance agility and flexibility, and build brawn across all muscle groups.
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.
Honored with the rank of 6th dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon, the world's official Taekwondo governing body, David Park brings considerable chops to every lesson at his boxing and Taekwondo studio. Monday through Saturday, David leads a full schedule of classes for all age groups and skill levels. Classes are offered à la carte and in packs of ten, while memberships grant budding bruisers unlimited access to classes as well as the gym's facilities, which features an ample supply of punching bags and a motivational chorus of punches landing on the punching bags.
Since its opening in 1999, Krav Maga San Francisco has invited guests to sweat through workouts that help to build their endurance, muscles, and flexibility, in more than 70 classes held in a 12,000-square-foot, two-story facility. The full-body workout is designed to help students of all ages and fitness capabilities to learn self-defense moves while having fun and building confidence.
Twenty certified and skilled instructors aim to create a non-judgmental atmosphere, geared toward providing support for members in their journey of self-improvement. Instructors are trained in self-defense, conditioning, TRX, yoga, ground fighting, heavy bags, and CrossFit. The gym's specialty, Krav Maga is taught in multiple levels, instructing on self-defense and fighting techniques including stance, punches, headlocks, and how to make your attacker truly believe their shoelace is untied. An impressive schedule of yoga, cross fit, TRX training, and conditioning rounds out the fitness-focused offerings.
At Cole Valley Cardio, you might find yourself learning how to sassily swivel your hips from a woman who studied under Mesmera or a cross-training class headed by a woman who has coached Ironman finishers—but no matter who your instructor is, they're bound to be passionate about the fitness classes they teach. In addition to dance-intensive Zumba classes and cardio-packed 30/30 bootcamps, Cole Valley Cardio offers and array of courses that include Spin, Total Body Workout, and more. The boutique studio aims to provide a neighborhood feel, and boasts a sound system designed to help clients conquer vigorous workouts.
AnthroFit was born out of owner Tristen Davis’s love of anthropology and fitness. Tristen, who holds an MA in anthropology and certifications from CrossFit and the NCEP, designed a program that blends traditional fitness methods such as CrossFit and the paleo lifestyle with her own academic anthropology studies. The result is a fitness regimen that crosses various platforms, including CrossFit exercises, TRX Suspension Training, trail running, and weightlifting. Tristen is living proof of the results, as someone who used to suffer from chronic fatigue and has now completed more than 20 half marathons and three marathons.