Julia Millay Walsh | November 28, 2011 12:22 pmThe leftovers have been nibbled into extinction, so now it's time to burn those pumpkin-pie calories and shake off your Beaujolais blur! Sometimes the best way to kick-start a healthy habit is to switch up your usual exercise routine. Many of you probably have a membership to a neighborhood gym like Crunch, 24 Hour Fitness, or Equinox, but the treadmills, ellipticals, and packed classes can become stale and unmotivating after a while.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | October 3, 2011 1:46 pmOn a quest for superhero strength, Barbie-like flexibility, and envy-inducing posture? Look no further than San Francisco Pilates above the trolley turn-around in the historic Flood building at Market and Powell streets. Opened in 2002, the intimate, boutique studio's approachable, patient, and "anti-drill-sergeant" instructors specialize in postural retraining, core conditioning, and postrehab and pre- and postnatal Pilates.Read More
Nancy Einhart | September 13, 2011 5:05 pmSan Francisco Summer is right around the corner, and Pop 5 favorite gym Crunch (various locations) just released its Fall class schedule — perfectly timed for any last-ditch efforts at sleeveless shape-ups. Here are four classes I suggest you try ASAP, and one you don't.
Diesel Michele at FitSugar introduced me to this awesome circuit-training class for short attention spans.Read More
Julia Millay Walsh | July 19, 2011 6:19 pmIf you've ever bumped into a fellow yogi while practicing your half-moon pose or met a masseuse who claims to be trained in "all types" of bodywork, you know that all yoga studios or massage therapists are not equal. At Hyde St. Wellness Cooperative in Lower Nob Hill, you can count on feeling relaxed and rejuvenated — not crowded or misled — with intimate yoga classes and highly specialized practitioners, who have honed their craft to a precise, distinct style.
Lie down for 60 minutes of bliss with a range of massage styles to choose from, including Swedish, Thai, shiatsu, deep tissue, aroma island style, hot stone, sports, and prenatal.Read More
Nancy Einhart | July 6, 2011 9:26 amTo get you in shape this Summer, I'm sampling group fitness classes that will make swimsuit and sleeveless season as painless as possible. This week, I checked out Chisel at the Polk Street outpost of Crunch (2330 Polk St., 415-292-5444). Though I didn't actually do any crunches, my abs were sore for two straight days after this class, and in swimsuit high season, that is a high compliment.Read More
Nancy Einhart | June 24, 2011 11:39 amTo get you in shape this Summer, I'm sampling group fitness classes that will make swimsuit and sleeveless season as painless as possible. This week's class I chose based on the name alone: Total Body Blast, which sounded promising, if not quite as literal as Bikini Body Sculpt at Equinox.
Offered at one of my all-time favorite gyms, The Sports Club/LA (747 Market St., 415-633-3900), Total Body Blast combines all your fitness needs into one tidy hour.Read More