There’s so much to love about San Francisco, besides the welcoming weather and a generous amount of green space. One of my favorite things about this city is its health and fitness scene, which is unquestionably one of the greatest in the U.S. From hip gyms, to holistic yoga, trampoline and climbing studios, The City by the Bay has it all.
If you are a SF newbie hoping to find a decent gym to join without going entirely broke, or just searching for additional meaning in your fit-life, here’s our ultimate guide of fun, unique spots to keep fit in San Francisco:
Locally-owned, Studiomix is not your average gym – their workouts are designed to inspire, energize and get results. Here, class options vary from Barre, Boxing, Boot Camp, Cross Training, Kettlebells, Martial Arts, Pilates, Studio Cycling, TRX®, Yoga, Zumba®, to classes on a three-story climbing wall.
With amenities of a full-service health club, Studiomix is the sports community to join for the personalized experience of a fitness studio. Centrally located at 1000 Van Ness in a historic two-story, 30,000-sq.-ft. space, Studiomix is just a short walk from BART and Muni and have discounted parking in the building.
We believe that keeping fit is a journey that starts at a gym and keeps improving your everyday life. This is why we asked Alison Corcoran, Group Program Director and Health Coach at Studiomix, what are her favorite San Francisco workout spots and activities when she’s not coaching:
“One of the reasons we are so lucky to live in this incredible city is the ability to get a great workout in just by walking and sightseeing. I love to hike the Land’s End Trail and take in the views, as well as get my glute work in on those stairs! If I’m feeling extra bold that day I’ll run the steps at Immigrant Point and reward myself with incline push-ups on the Overlook at the top, gazing out at majestic Baker Beach with each rep.” – Alison Corcoran
2. House of Air
House of Air is the place to visit if you’re looking to jump your calories away. Opened in 2010, it boasts several locations around the U.S., including the Presidio of San Francisco, where they offer an impressive 8,000-sq.-ft. of trampolines and guaranteed fun jumping time for all ages and tastes. And it gets even better – House of Air is also home to aerial and physical training, trampoline dodgeball & basketball, rock climbing, ninja obstacle courses, and fitness classes. Jump around and try their Air Conditioning class, an intense and exciting workout, targeting every major muscle group in your body.
Carlee Williams has been teaching the Air Conditioning class for four years and she says there is something about jumping on the trampoline that makes you so happy. “I leave with an elevated mood that lasts for at least 24 hours after class. Maybe it’s partially the music I choose to play during my class, but I believe it is the endorphins that pump through the body while you are taking or teaching this workout class.” – Carlee Williams
3. Ascend Body
A holistic fitness and wellness studio based in the heart of San Francisco, on Mission Street, Ascend Body is a great option for those in touch with their spiritual side. Focusing on the improvement of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, this studio aims to empower people to live happier, healthier lives through exercise, nutrition, restoration, and positive thinking. Their services include customized, holistic nutrition plans as well as vibrant training sessions ranging from one-on-one to semi-private and small-group training sessions.
4. Wheel House
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If you’d like to join a cutting-edge fitness movement, but are on a tight schedule, stop by the Wheel House in San Francisco’s Financial District. Their studio offers the finest group fitness classes, in the areas of Indoor Cycling, Yoga, and TRX® and Core Strength. With +120 classes each week and no cancellation fees, Wheel House promises to be an excellent fitness-fun provider.
Yoga enthusiasts, here’s something to get excited about – you don’t have to bring your own mat and carry it around all day. All the equipment required for your class is already set up when you arrive, at no extra charge. Wheel House also gives you the option of renting cycling shoes, you can book them online and pick them up at the studio. Complimentary lockers, towels and even a snack table are also available – you just bring your workout clothes and your determination.
5. Crunch Fitness
You may have passed by a Crunch gym before – there’s six of them ‘round town. They take pride in serving over 1,200,000 members with over 250 gyms worldwide, in 25 states.
Crunch is a gym that believes in making serious exercise fun by fusing fitness and entertainment and pioneering a philosophy of ‘No Judgments.’ Crunch serves a fitness community for all types of people, with all types of goals, exercising all different ways; working it out at the same place together. Renowned for creating one-of-a-kind group fitness classes and unique programming for their wildly diverse members, Crunch class options vary from Functional Group Training, Yoga, Ride Classes and TRX® to personal training services.
6. San Francisco CrossFit
Opened in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit was the first gym to offer CrossFit training services in the city. Their mission is to help people get active in a supportive, team-oriented environment. While CrossFit can sound a little scary for fitness newbies, at this gym workouts are fully expansible, and each participant is given their own exercise plan, based on their fitness background.
CrossFit exercises bring multiple benefits to your fitness table. If you’re trying to lose some weight, improve your cardio-respiratory system, coordination and endurance, but also increase your flexibility, speed and overall power CrossFit is a safe bet.
7. Burn Pilates
Burn Pilates is the place where (fit) labels don’t exist. With 3 San Francisco-based locations in Inner Sunset, Mission and Russian Hill, this place has been in quest of challenging and motivating its attendants to live better since 2009. Their revolutionary 55-minutes workouts incorporate elements of high-intensity cardio, functional strength training and Classic Pilates. They also offer personal training services and prenatal or postnatal fitness classes.
8. Planet Granite San Francisco
Established in 2008 and located in the heart of the Presidio by the Golden Gate Bridge, Planet Granite San Francisco is the ideal spot for a refreshing, indoor rock climbing session. Besides the breathtaking view across the Crissy Field, this sports facility has plenty to offer. PG San Francisco blends the best of climbing, fitness, and Yoga by laying out 25,000-sq.-ft. of climbing space, 10,000-sq.-ft. of combined fitness areas, and two Yoga studios.
Designed to help participants overcome physical and mental challenges, their classes vary from training sessions, bouldering and technique courses to private climbing lessons. With so many climbing classes available, you’ll never have to worry about not making it to the top.
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