As a gymnastics coach, Kaia FIT founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia FIT sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade. In a welcoming environment, the expert coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy and confidence, and vanquish fat. They root the sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness.
Programs range in intensity and length for exercisers of all ages, fitness levels, and goals, from six-week BRIK boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. CORE Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between BRIK camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. The various regimens invite women to join a community where they dedicate themselves to maintaining their health and fitness.
Kaia Fit's foundational workouts—cleverly dubbed "Briks"—are a little different from the typical gym class. First of all, rather than drop-in classes, they're a six-week commitment. The idea behind that? Having the same set of classmates every week helps build a sense of team spirit and community, much like going through all your workouts as part of a human pyramid. But they share the same mission as all of Kaia's fitness classes: to be unpredictable. The women's fitness center was founded on the simple premise that routine is the enemy of muscle growth and weight loss. Hence their emphasis on workouts that change constantly, preventing fitness plateaus. They also offer five-week core sessions, which focus on maintaining strength and endurance, building upon the Brik program. Beyond these sessions, they also offer suspension training and triathlon training.
Among Heather Farm Park's rolling hills and expansive grassy terrain, patrons push their bodies through dynamic, one-hour workouts designed to sculpt and strengthen physiques from head to toe. Helping to motivate patrons toward their ideal shapes, East Bay Fitness's owner and head trainer Jena McGuffie boasts certifications in personal training and specialized fitness, along with a degree in alternative medicine. After building a private personal-training business in Florida, Jena swapped coasts to share her passion for health and wellness with Californians of all ages and abilities. Her workouts vary from class to class, incorporating cardiovascular work and strength-training moves such as lifting Webster's Dictionary over and over with just your pinkies.
At Smooth Moto, a team of instructors, certified personal trainers, and licensed massage therapists help bodies slim down and let go of tension. They offer personal training from private individual sessions to group training and educational clinics, all designed to provide you the tools to improve your health and fitness.
Equipment: Kettle-bells, jump rope, yoga mats, and resistance bands.
Students should bring: Yoga mat and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–9
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Carol Hafer, Owner/coach
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
A combination of intense muscle confusion workouts with nutritional guidance and constant support from our certified coaches separates Kaia FIT from other programs. We provide personal training in a group atmosphere to make you feel safe and comfortable at any level. We never repeat workouts, since routine is the enemy to muscle growth and weight loss.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
In every session, we offer classes for all ages & fitness levels that build on one another to accomplish real results. Members will receive ongoing nutritional guidance in a supportive atmosphere. Our classes are exciting and fun, leaving you exhilarated with lasting energy throughout the day. You will accomplish goals you never thought possible with Kaia and make friends to last a lifetime!
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
They can call Carol, the owner and head coach, anytime with questions. After teaching fitness for 12 years, she believes this approach is the best way to get in shape.
Having been a personal trainer for many years, Veronica "Bean" Harrah found herself tired of the same old gym experience. So, she decided to start her very own gym, offering workouts that kept her excited. With her business partner Sara Harrah, Bean founded Urban Flex Fitness. She and her staff teach TRX suspension training and spin sessions. The extremely versatile TRX harnesses help students build strength, core stability, and flexibility by leveraging their own body weight. Spin classes focus more on increasing cardiopulmonary fitness, simultaneously strengthening the heart and lungs to ensure neither becomes so powerful as to usurp the brain. Urban Flex Fitness also offers boot camps and boxing.