Thanks to Bay Area Ski Bus, getting from point A to point B never felts so good. Its shuttle buses, outfitted with modern conveniences such as video systems, usher passengers to and from local ski resorts, negating their need to worry over travel plans or convince the troll under their bed to return their car keys. Provided meals, snacks, and beverages keep both hunger and thirst at bay, and lift tickets dispensed upon arrival get skiers straight to the slopes. When the faraway ski destinations of Colorado or Val d'Isère entice travelers away from home, Bay Area Ski Bus grows wings to match. Its guides handle every detail of the adventure, from flights and shuttle arrangements to lodging and lift tickets.
For the staff of Peace of Mind & Body, physical health isn’t the result of just eating well, exercising regularly, and finding emotional as well as spiritual balance. Instead, true wellbeing requires a holistic approach that requires individuals to take responsibility for all four of those areas. Personal trainers help by giving visitors the knowledge and the skills that they need to begin living healthier and more balanced lives. Custom-designed diets and workout regimens help bolster physical fitness, but the support that the trainers provide empowers clients and inspires them to find their own path to holistic well-being that addresses those four fundamental pillars of physical and emotional health.
Inside Country Wood Fitness, Mike Quinata has created a space for calibrated exercises that help nurse injuries back to health. A student of kinesiology himself, he enlisted the help of bone specialists to create a circuit-training program that promotes rehabilitation and full-body strength. During the hour-long sessions, students engage in a variety of strength-training and aerobic exercises designed to focus on alternating muscle groups. Mike also creates custom training programs for his clients as well as high-intensity boot camps that prepare students to fight sentient treadmills.
Snap Fitness 24-7, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its state-of-the-art facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal coaches meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists.
Equipment: Kettle bells, dumbbells, TRX
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We will change your life...if you let us.
All Zumba instructors claim to create a party-like atmosphere, but Raquel Call delivers on the promise by taking her routines all the way into the club. During evening classes at Vice Ultra Lounge, the lights dim and the beats resonate as though Raquel and her students are kicking off nights on the town. Special events incorporate themes and costumes, such as retro leggings for an ‘80s bash or sweatpants designed by Betsy Ross for Independence Day. Raquel also pays homage to her Brazilian roots with Carnival celebrations and Brazilian Nights, where she showcases her background in samba while dancing to live South American music.
Amid all the gyrating, it's easy for her pupils to forget that they're burning calories. However, Raquel's testimonials and weight-loss stories speak to the benefits of her classes. Her expertise enables her to host master classes with established guest instructors, and earned her Diablo magazine's Best of the East Bay award for Best Zumba Class in 2012. By helming additional classes in yoga, samba, and Zumba Toning, she helps her guests pursue their fitness goals with a combination of poise and pizzazz.