2017 Best of the East Bay: Fitness
A cycling studio with themed rides; a yoga hot spot in the Tri-Valley.
Illustration by Basemint
Walnut Creek, cyclescapefitness.com
This cycling studio, which opened in April 2015, might look like any other boutique fitness studio from the outside. But at Cycle Scape, you’ll find passionate instructors, themed rides, and one heck of a sweat sesh.
BY THE NUMBERS
12: Certified instructors, ranging from former dancers to indoor and outdoor cyclists.
36: Approximate number of classes per week, including Glow rides on Fridays with a live DJ.
40: Number of bikes in the studio.
44: Videos you can ride to, including simulated trail rides and concerts.
60: Length, in minutes, of the longest class (30 is the shortest). —R.C.
Editor Pick: Funkmode
Tired of the gym? Head to this Concord dance studio for a fresh and fun way to work out. In the adult break-dance class, you’ll release your inner B-girl or B-boy as you learn the street dance style that originated from the hip-hop movement. Don’t worry: You won’t be doing any crazy arm balances just yet. You’ll master the basics before focusing on specific moves, such as back spins and handstands. Certain movements can be challenging, but practicing to tunes like “Bust a Move” in a welcoming environment makes for a great time. Plus, you’ll leave knowing sweet new moves—and have some extra swagger. —A.S.
“I love The Studio for its cleanliness, wide variety of classes, friendly staff, and knowledgeable and caring instructors. They don’t just focus on getting you in shape, but remind you why it is important to remain active and strong through all stages of life.” —Patti Jeffery, Diablo
The Bar Method
Berkeley, Oakland, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek; barmethod.com
Walk into any of The Bar Method studios, and you’ll find more than just a place to get your sweat on. Audrey Mao and Chelsea Glavinovich, the owners of the Oakland, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek locations, have created a community based on a love for barre but sustained by close-knit friendships between clients and teachers. “Our priority is to have a welcoming space to work out,” says Mao.
Back in 2005, Mao and Glavinovich never imagined they would one day be fitness instructors, let alone the owners of three barre studios. At the time, they were both living in San Francisco, where they met while testing out—and falling in love with—a barre class. And as luck would have it, both were separately looking into opening their own studios (Mao in Orange County, Glavinovich in the East Bay).
“Once I experienced [barre], I knew I wanted it in my life,” says Glavinovich. “We had no clue what we were doing, but we were excited. We did our homework and took our time finding the right location.”
That first location, Walnut Creek, opened in 2006, and its clientele steadily grew—encouraging Mao and Glavinovich to open another
studio in San Ramon and then in Oakland. Today, the pair are working on expanding their Oakland studio from one to two rooms, which means more classes. And they never say “never” to what could come next. But their priority of creating a community amongst their clients remains strong.
“It sounds cheesy, but the clients come for the workout and stay for the friendships,” says Mao. —K.H.
Editor Pick: Bay Bridge Bicycle and pedestrian Path
Want to save yourself from sitting in traffic, commuting to and from S.F.? Or do you just want to go for a scenic bike ride or jog with friends? The bicycle and pedestrian path on the east span of the Bay Bridge is now open seven days a week, with two bicycle lanes and one pedestrian lane available. The bridge has a steady incline on the way to the city, but the ride back is fun and easy. Bike East Bay, the group that campaigned for decades to create this path, hopes to open another one on the west span as well. —S.S.
Bikram Yoga Livermore
Whether you prefer to feel the burn in a hot bikram class or the steady flow of Kundalini yoga, Bikram Yoga Livermore has something for every yogi. The studio offers protein shakes, healthy supplements—and coming soon—a juice bar. But the real fun is during the Nite Sweats class. One Friday night each quarter, yoga lovers gather for this social event and work out with fellow aficionados, then enjoy cocktails and snacks. Upcoming classes include the Hot Summer Nights Party (August 4) and Halloween Night Party (October 27). —R.C.