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When it comes to our favorite weekend plans, getting a good sweat session in is always part of the agenda. But then again, so is brunch. It’s a San Fransisco staple. No matter the neighborhood, there’s always an awesome fitness class (and food spot) to feed your routine.
Whether you’re gathering the girls for self-care Saturday or looking to treat yourself to a new workout and tasty meal that won’t leave you feeling too guilty, here are our five must-try fitness studios and go-to brunch spots that are only a few blocks away.
Love Story Yoga + Loló
Neighborhood: The Mission
Full of soul, sophistication, and community, Love Story Yoga is everything we want (and love) when it comes to where and how we practice. Located on Valencia Street in the Mission, this beautiful and spacious studio is a trendy hotspot—literally. While you can score a great deal on a class at Love Story, we recommend booking ahead and bringing an extra towel because it gets *really* warm. After your flow, cool down as you wander a few blocks to Loló. With a Mexican-influenced cuisine, their colorful weekend brunch menu is on point. Our must-try? The crisp and cool kale salad.
Salt Fitness + The Grind Café
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
The name of this beautiful studio might imply you’re going to sweat—and that’s the truth. Offering a variety of the hottest HIIT group fitness classes, your muscles will definitely feel the burn at this go-to spot in Haight. If you’re looking to try something new that will kick your wellness routine up a notch, we suggest signing up for Barre Fight. This 60-minute full-body class is all about dynamic flexibility by fusing the benefits of kickboxing with barre. After you work those muscles, stretch it out and stroll over to The Grind Café where you can snack on local eats by neighborhood vendors.
MNTSTUDIO + Marlowe
A class at this chic Pilates studio is guaranteed to make your muscles shake, but in the most Instagramable workout space ever. Sweat it out with a low-impact workout that challenges all fitness levels. Instructors will have you focus on small, sculpting movements so you make the most of your Reformer machine. After class, your body will feel re-energized and renewed, just in time to walk through SoMa. A hip feast at Marlowe is the perfect compliment to your MNTStudio sweat session. Though SoMa gets a little quieter on the weekends, this restaurant is *always* crowded for Sunday brunch and lunch. We should add that no meal is complete without a Warm Deviled Egg.
Basecamp Studio + Blue Barn Gourmet
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
6 min walk
All you need is 35-minutes, and you’ll get a heart-pumping workout session at Basecamp Fitness. With a variety of HIIT classes that feature elements of balance, endurance, and strength, you’ll keep your body guessing with Basecamp’s super fun (and oh-so sweaty) workouts that not only better your body, but your mind as well. After rinsing off in their showers, make your way to Blue Barn Gourmet. A casual neighborhood staple, find a spot at the counter and order a fresh salad or pressed sandwich. Yum. Plus, you can add a variety of proteins to any salad so you won’t go home hungry after killing at Basecamp.
VRV3 Studios + Park Tavern
Neighborhood: Russian Hill/North Beach
Looking for a new workout that will boost your confidence—and strength? It’s time to make moves at VRV3. A welcoming studio that teaches everything from pole work to yoga and floor movements, you’ll learn to sweat it out in a positive space. With classes that focus on attaining better balance to choreographed movement, friendly instructors will help you tap into your best self. Following your workout, get a little extra fancy, grab the girls and make your way to Park Tavern. With an atmosphere of understated excellence, Park Tavern serves creative seasonal eats in a stylish space. May we suggest starting your meal with a Bellini and avocado toast? Count us in!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.