We love to stay active. But sometimes heading to our normal fitness class feels like a major drag.
If you can’t take one more barre class, yoga practice, or spin sesh out of fear of falling asleep from boredom, you need to switch up your fitness routine. We found 13 innovative and unique workout spots in SF that will have you itching to get to class, stat.
Whether you’re moving to the beat in a dark yoga studio, having a dance party on a bike, or hitting the heavy bag with all your might, you won’t just be working out at one of these classes — you’ll be having fun!
Yoga isn’t just a recovery day workout at SoMa’s Ritual Hot Yoga studio. In a darkened room you’ll move, breathe, and sweat to the beat of the music, ranging from hip-hop to pop remixes to house favorites. They provide Manduka mats, yogitoes (non-slip yoga towels), towels, and water to make your class feel extra luxurious and stress-free.
Go for a run in the Presidio, then head to San Francisco CrossFit to keep your body tuned up. Once per week, San Francisco CrossFit’s resident trainer and physical therapist Kelly Starrett teaches a mobility & movement class. He’s the founder of mobilityWOD, a resource CrossFitters across the nation use. You’ll learn the latest techniques and training methods that professional CrossFit athletes running like well-oiled machines.
You don’t have to worry about whether to do cardio or resistance training with CORE40’s CoreCombo class. You’ll spend 25 minutes on the spin bike and 25 minutes on the Megaformer for a complete full body workout. And with six locations throughout the city, there’s a convenient location for everyone.
Burn Pilates combines Pilates, cardio, barre, and mat exercises in a circuit-style class format to keep your mind just as engaged as your body. There are four locations in the city (the Mission, Russian Hill, Inner Sunset, and Hayes Valley) as well as a location in Uptown Oakland so you can squeeze in one of their classes in under an hour.
Rowing is one of the hottest new workouts in the fitness world and RowClub in FiDi offers three super-cool rowing-inspired workouts. Choose between RowClub, their signature class that combines indoor rowing intervals with core-strengthening exercises; RowCamp, a rowing and bootcamp mash-up; and last but not least, RowGa (which, you guessed it, is rowing and yoga).
This Nob Hill fitness hot spot features three unique classes — Revolutions, a music-forward spin class; Grit, their signature boot camp workout; and a heart-pumping Hip-Hop Club class that makes you feel like you’re on set of your favorite music video. Any and all of them will mix up your fitness when you’re bored of running.
You’ll feel like you’re the star of Cirque du Soleil during an Aerial Artique class in SoMa. Their signature aerial silks classes are capped at eight students, so you’ll get individual attention during class. (That’s important whenever you’re suspended in the air.) Instructors will help you with any necessary modifications and help you get to the next level in no time.
Boxing classes are all the rage right now and for good reason — they get you fit fast. Hit Fit SF’s Beginner Boxing Classes will have you in the perfect boxing stance throwing jabs, right crosses, and hooks in no time. Your first class is free at either their Mission or Nob Hill studios, so grab your friends and box that core sore before brunch.
For those with workout attention problems, Salt SF’s 7X7 class is for you. This NoPa class will have you going through seven circuits of seven strength and conditioning exercises over the course of an hour for ultimate #gains. You’ll use resistance bands, sandbags, and your own body weight to keep your body — and mind — guessing.
How about adding a little grace to your workouts? Try Pop Physique. They have locations throughout California but has two studios in San Francisco in Russian Hill and the Mission. This class was started by a former ballerina in LA — it combines Pilates, weights, and ballet for a stylish and smart one-hour workout. And yes, you can be sweating profusely and still be graceful.
Kettlebell workouts are one of the hardest (but funnest!) ways to work up a sweat. Whether you’re a runner looking to build strength, CrossFitter hoping to improve mobility, or just looking for a fun new way to get your body moving, taking a class at Swing is sure to make you train smarter, not harder.
We always leave SoulCycle drenched in sweat and feeling euphoric. No matter how much we don’t want to workout, we actually look forward to tapping it back at one of the three SF SoulCycle studios (the Marina, SoMa, or the Castro). It’s not just an epic quad burn, though. You do upper-body workouts while on the bike (think push-ups, triceps, and a song with hand weights) to keep boredom at bay.
Within the Mission is the first modern dance school in the country — ODC Dance Commons. So if you’d much rather dance than deadlift, lace up your dancing shoes for some fun. Their Rhythm and Motion dance class is high energy and filled with world dance, hip-hop, and jazz dance moves set to R&B, hip-hop, and even Reggaeton music.
So you think you can dance? Prove it at Dance Mission’s Monday Night Beginner’s Hip-Hop class with So You Think You Can Dance? star Allan Frias. This 90-minute class at 630 on Monday nights is sure to give you the best moves come Friday or Saturday night.
Ready to try boxing but want to get the fundamentals down first? The Park Gym, open daily in SoMa, is the place for you. They even have an Intro to Sparring class that will allow you to test your boxing skills in a safe and monitored environment.
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