The instructors at Cycling Fusion Marin collaborate with advanced indoor-cycling technology to help students of all skill and fitness levels develop strength, balance, and endurance with a schedule of virtual rides and classes. Founders and experienced cyclists Leslie and Jen guide students through HD courses that simulate the experience of pedaling through Italian country roads or Hawaiian coastlines without traveling or the hassles of battling a territorial kraken. Through a range of classes, including Introduction to Cycling, Heart Zones, and Performance, students learn to operate the bicycle computer and get their hearts pumping.
She’s been an athlete since high school, but it wasn’t until Abbie Feibush moved from New Jersey to San Francisco that she, as she puts it on her web site, got “bitten by the endurance bug.” It was a combination of joining a running club and trying to expend the energy of her young Weimaraner that did it. And after completing her first marathon, Abbie was hooked. She ran another, completed a few triathlons, and then went on to finish seven ironman competitions. All this, while maintaining a full-time job in sales.
In 2011, Abbie left that desk job for good to open her own fitness enterprise, AbFitTraining. As a certified personal trainer, she now leads individuals and small groups through customized programs and boot camp sessions amid the stunning backdrop of local parks. Best yet, the workouts never get old. Abbie’s constantly changing regime of cardio and strength training exercises helps clients of all fitness levels achieve their goals—be it to lose weight, run a marathon, or spin around 100 times without feeling the slightest bit dizzy.
Pilates isn't just a workout?it's a way of life. That's because the fitness regimen helps practitioners in their everyday lives and activities. The muscle-strengthening sessions can boost students' performances in sports, such as running and cycling, and give them stronger cores for better posture and the ability to rip T-shirts by flexing only their abdominal muscles. It also helps practitioners prevent and rehabilitate injuries, something owner and former professional dancer Jeanette Alford knows about personally, as she has used the practice to protect herself. The instructor combines her knowledge of anatomy and experience as a Pilates-practicing dancer to tailor sessions directly to each client's needs, whether they want to rehabilitate from an injury or simply build a stronger, leaner physique.
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.