6 SF Workouts That Will Whip You Into Shape

MatBox at Pilates ProWorks
MatBox at Pilates ProWorks

From the Lyon Street steps to Beyonce-themed dance classes, there is no shortage of unique workout experiences in San Francisco. While these workouts are available year round, now is the time to take advantage of new classes, membership deals, and super hard classes. Studio owners know that the start of January is when the gym is the busiest, so they will welcome newcomers with open arms. However, for a new workout to be successful longevity is crucial, so take the time to find the routine and location that works for you. Here, we’re highlighting six studios that are worth visiting during your post-holiday workout binge.

With eight locations in the Bay Area, Pilates ProWorks is one of the best-known and followed reformer pilates programs. To invest in your fitness future, consider purchasing a whole year of classes. The Marina and Financial District studios are offering unlimited classes for 2017 for $2,017. Classes are 40 or 55 minutes long with six different types to choose from. MatBox is their full body workout that combines kickboxing with mat pilates and yoga.

A spring wall makes Burn's workouts unique
A spring wall makes Burn’s workouts unique

“Resolutions don’t work,” an email blast from Burn says. “Know what does? Showing up. It’s that simple. You don’t need a ‘new you’ in the New Year. All you need to do is make a decision to invest in yourself.” We couldn’t agree more with their philosophy. Simply show up to workout every day and you’ll make huge strides. To encourage new comers to check out Burn (which has four studios in San Francisco and one in Oakland), the New Year’s Package provides 90 days of workouts for just $5.53 per day.

Flywheel is the latest workout studio to call the city by the Bay home. They opened their first location downtown last September. The cycling studio is hosting a four-week challenge that begins on Monday January 9. It’s an all-access pass to a more healthy lifestyle that includes five weekly credits for Flywheel classes, early booking (for those busy classes that fill up fast), at-home workouts to supplement the classes, a nutrition plan with recipes, and community support from instructors and other challengers. Grab a friend and sign up together to keep yourself motivated and come February 10, be amazed at your new body.

Avant Barre's workout channels a dance class
Avant Barre’s workout channels a dance class

Avant Barre is the SoMa-based barre studio that features a workout-inspired by dance. It’s a series of full-body dynamic exercises that increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and stability. From now until Friday, new clients are invited to enroll in a month of unlimited classes for just $129.

The Bay Club is launching a new wave of signature classes and the first one is called The Drop. It’s a workout built on a simple premise: to drop everything, from excuses to inhibitions to pounds. The fast-paced class is set to music, so it moves quickly, but it is a strenuous full body workout—think lunges followed by switch jumps followed by sliders. The cool thing is it’s only 35 minutes, so if speed is a necessary component to your gym life, The Drop is the ideal workout for you.

Salt, a studio that’s a little over a year old on Divisadero, has added two new classes to their lineup. Barre Fight 45 is a condensed version of Salt’s signature class, Barre Fight. It’s a quick 45 minutes of high intensity interval training, barre work, and cardio. Hella Salty is another 45-minute workout that boosts metabolic conditioning through a non-stop cardio routine. Rest times are short, so this impactful class—that will leave you drenched in sweat—is not for the faint of heart.