The Best Workouts in 8 San Francisco Neighborhoods
Where to get your sweat on all over town
If you’re like most of us, abandoning the sofa to go exercise is a little like choosing kale over cookies. (We want our sugar and comfy pillows, dammit.) That’s why we’ve rounded up the best workouts by neighborhood. Because we all know that the closer you are to a fitness class, the more likely you are to actually go.
Part cardio barre, part kickboxing, this 55-minute workout combines high-intensity interval training with isometric strength and flexibility movements--all to a kickass playlist. Your core, quads and glutes will thank you.
327 Divisadero St.; 415-529-2721 or saltisthecure.com
Lower Pacific Heights: Core40
This just might be the hardest (and longest) 40 minutes you’ve ever endured. Using a Reformer-like machine, you’ll sculpt multiple muscles at the same time, while your arms and core keep you stabilized. Word to the wise: Cancel your post-workout plans and take an Epsom-salt bath instead.
1807 Divisadero St.; 415-776-2673 or core40.com
Marina: Pilates ProWorks
This is not your typical Pilates. Using custom Reformers, it’s classic Pilates core work with a twist. Choose from nine different classes that add in barre technique, yoga, boxing or TRX to get your heart pumping. And if you sign up now, you can take advantage of the Fit+Fresh package--20 classes valid for three months, plus a subscription to PPW’s NutritionPro meal plan, for only $300 (normally $500).
2238 Union St.; 415-913-7717 or pilatesproworks.com
Classic Pilates Reformer work meets aerobic exercise in this super-high-intensity 40-minute workout. Your entire body will be working the whole time, and there’s a good chance you may feel the urge to sit some of it out. But hang in there--this studio will have you toughing through five-minute planks in no time.
3585 20th St.; 415-890-2765 or bodyrok.com
Nob Hill: Hit Fit SF
With circuit training, boxing and boot camp, Hit Fit is not for the faint of heart. Work out like one of the boys in this 60-minute class that’s as hard-core as CrossFit (we’re talking jump ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls and free weights) without feeling cult-like.
1150 Sutter St.; 415-440-8269 or hitfitsf.com
FiDi: Orangetheory Fitness
Reach for the “orange zone” (84 percent or higher of your maximum heart rate) during this 60-minute workout that uses heart-rate monitors to track your performance. (Read: No wimping out here.) Using a combo of treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension and free weights, you’ll burn 500 to 1,000 calories per session.
343 Sansome St.; 415-569-2050 or orangetheoryfitness.com
SoMa: Barry’s Bootcamp
This celebrity favorite (Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal are believers) alternates between seven-minute treadmill and aerobic step sets, tuned to blaring Beyoncé and club-like lighting. Switching between cardio and step makes the 60 minutes fly by. Expect buckets of sweat as fat-burning affirmation.
236 King St.; 415-546-3996 or barrysbootcamp.com
Take cycling to thumping beats and add a dash of new-age spirituality and dim mood lighting to get SoulCycle’s infamous calorie-burning formula. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. There’s a reason the cult sensation is so popular. It’s downright addictive.
400 Castro St.; 415-431-7685 or soul-cycle.com