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Published Wednesday May 15, 2019 by Brittany Raine

5 SF Neighborhoods to Book a Fitness Class + Do Brunch

Fitness
Food

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. 

 

Modern yogi meets Mexican

Love Story Yoga + Loló
Neighborhood: The Mission
11-minute walk 
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.  

 

HIIT + honest ingredients

Salt Fitness + The Grind Café 
Neighborhood: Lower Haight 
5-minute walk 
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. 

 

Pilates + calming California vibes

MNTSTUDIO + Marlowe
Neighborhood: SoMa
9-minute walk 
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. 

 

High-energy followed by gourmet eats

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

 

Flexibility meets fancy (and tasty) fun

VRV3 Studios + Park Tavern
Neighborhood: Russian Hill/North Beach
3-minute walk 
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! 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

Yoga
Pilates
Barre
Strength Training
Cardio
Expert Advice

For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.