As many of you know I love getting out and being active. About a year ago I started using Classpass and quickly became...okay, I was instantly addicted... to this way of working out. For those of you who have (somehow) missed my soapbox pitch on the joys of Classpass (I really should be on their payroll) it's an application that enables you to take classes around the city at a wide range of gyms for a flat monthly fee.
There are similar companies out there such as fitmob, who ironically just joined forces with Classpass. The main benefit to me is instead of having a static gym membership, I've been able to mix up my routine and try some fun out of the box classes and meet new people. Here are some of my favorite workout spots and classes in the city.
See you out there!
1.) Grace Cathedral Yoga on the Labyrinth (Nob Hill) - If you are new to yoga or a veteran, Grace is an amazing venue to cultivate your practice. I wouldn't recommend it for first timers (it's helpful to know the basic poses already) but the slow restorivite pace is perfect for a Tuesday night. Just make sure you arrive by 5:45 to get a spot on the floor.
2.) Libby's Hip Hop Yoga -last Friday of the Month (Marina) - The counter opposite of an experience at Grace, this class mixes up Vinysa Flow to a hip hop beat. Libby's playlists are always fun and published on her Facebook page.
3.) Moxie (Mission & Nob Hill) -Both Megan and I take classes at Moxie and enjoy the airy studio space and flow based instruction.
4.) Taylor Fit Studio (Marina)- I LOVE taking classes from Taylor at her namesake studio. Her upbeat encouragement and carefully designed classes build endurance and core strength. She is a stickler for form, so you get the most out of a workout that blends circuit, resistance, yoga, Pilates, cardio and barre.
5.) Wheel House Cycling with Carl (FIDI) - This cycle house offers a mix of classes, but my favorite is Smart Rhythm with Carl, the owner. The class integrates cycling intervals and weights.
6.) BodyRok Cycling with Caroline! (Marina) - Focused endurance cycling intervals that build core strength.
7.) ODC Hip Hop with Micaya (Mission) - Whether you sway to your own beat or can take the lead from another, Hip Hop class with Micaya is always fun. The class focuses on choreographed movements to a set song of the week. If you are looking to experiment more, the ODC has an incredible mix of classes ranging from Bollywood to Classical Ballet. Not to mention, the studio space has a zen quality of its own. Grab coffee and a treat after from a favorite bakery down the street.
8.) The Bar Method-(Marina) If you are interested in trying a Bar class, this is THE place to go. The instructors are supportive and focus on correct posture in poses. I've tried other bar studios and this is the best.
9.) Presidio- If you are looking for a shorter run that is kinder on your knees, the Presidio offers beautiful views of the city and ocean under a canopy of Eucalyptus.
10.) Golden Gate Park - One of my favorite spots in the city to go for a run. The Panhandle to Ocean loop is great for distance or take a shorter sprint around Stowe Lake.