Founded in New York City in 2006, SoulCycle is a boutique fitness center with more than 30 locations in nine states across the U.S. It combines the decades-old intense indoor-cycling group workout with techniques that appeal to a modern client — classes are taught by svelte, good looking teachers who shout affirmations at you while commanding you to pedal in time to upbeat dance music. Classes are also said to be akin to going to worship in a church. Adding to the appeal? SoulCycle locations sell an array of gear so you can tout your devotion to the church of SoulCycle on your workout pants or a T-shirt. Check out SoulCycle in the Marina, the Castro, or SoMa.
SoulCycle Castro, 400 Castro St., San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 431-7685
Bikram yoga is a method of yoga that evolved from traditional Hatha yoga. Distinguishing it from Hatha yoga is the fact that Bikram yoga utilizes a sequence of the same 26 poses in an extremely hot room, usually about 104 °F. It is popular worldwide and among San Francisco residents living a stressful and lively day-to-day life because it is thought to refresh and rejuvenate every part of your body, head to toe. Try Bikram Yoga Seacliff for a peaceful space in a quiet neighborhood.
Bikram Yoga Seacliff, 6300 California St. San Francisco, USA +1(415) 751 – 6908
CrossFit is perhaps the most enigmatic and the most intense workout craze sweeping the Bay Area. Started in 2000, CrossFit combines the philosophy of physical exercise and competitive sports. Powerlifting, gymnastics, and calisthenics are all part of the CrossFit workout regimen, and it is a favorite of police officers, firefighters, and college sports teams. Due to the the physical intensity of CrossFit, injuries can be commonplace if not practiced safely, but when done correctly the results are obvious and worth the hardships. There is a CrossFit gym in almost every neighborhood in San Francisco, so finding one to test out your powerlifting skills should be a breeze.
Telegraph CrossFit, 3545 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, USA +1(415) 215-1088
Bar Method Yoga
Unlike Bikram yoga, Bar Method yoga uses a dancer’s bar and focuses on quick and fast results. There is also less of a spiritual focus in Bar Method in comparison to traditional yoga. Despite these stark differences, Bar Method yoga also focuses on a person’s posture and endurance and strength building, much like traditional yoga. Check out The Bar Method in the Marina for a fun and interesting class.
The Bar Method, 3333 Fillmore St. San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 441-6333
Tracy Anderson and Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainers whose techniques have been credited with sculpting the bodies of Gwenyth Paltrow, Pamela Anderson and Mariska Harigtay, now have an option for people who want to follow their strict regimens but don’t live in a city where their studios are located: online streaming. At $475 for a six-month subscription, it’s a little bit pricy, but worth it for the San Franciscan who spends all of their time on the computer anyway.
Zumba is a dance/fitness program created by Colombian choreographer Alberto Perez in the late 1990s. Zumba Fitness, LLC does not charge licensing fees to gyms with Zumba classes, which has made it easy for classes to permeate the workout scene across the country. People love Zumba because it combines dance and aerobics with an upbeat and modern soundtrack, and it’s a great place for people just beginning their weight loss journey to start. It’s also fairly low impact on joints and limbs, and dance moves can be easily modified for people with pain in their legs or knees. San Francisco offers several outdoor Zumba in the Park options, so you can practice your moves against a picturesque backdrop.
Zumba in the Park, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA +1 415 831-2083
Although not a work out per-se, FitBit is definitely catching on and revolutionizing the way people work out and track their fitness. FitBit is band that attaches to your wrist like a watch, and tracks all your movement (like steps walked and stairs climbed), as well as sleep quality. Check out their headquarters and pick up a FitBit to track your progress while doing any number of the aforementioned workouts.
FitBit, 405 Howard St. San Francisco, USA +1 877 623-4997