Stay Healthy at Home the San Francisco Way
In the age of coronavirus, it's essential to take care of your body and your mind. You might not be able to get to your favorite gym, neighborhood studio, or high-intensity group class, but there are ways to make sure you get your daily endorphin release and stay at the peak of your powers (not to mention keeping the "Quarantine 15" off).
Let's Get Physical
From free online Zoom workouts for fitness veterans to casual morning yoga rituals, here are some San Francisco-based fitness opportunities you can do from home wherever you live to keep your body active.
With four locations in San Francisco and many more up and down the peninsula, Barry’s Bootcamp has amassed a loyal following of fitness fanatics in the Bay Area. You can start with two at-home classes for $20 and scale up to $75 for a full week’s worth. For more information on various packages, click here. Want to dip your toes in the water and see if it’s for you? Try one of Barry’s free live workouts posted twice a day on their Instagram stories.
Activate your entire body with 40-minute, pilates-inspired workouts. Catered to all skill levels, BodyRok will have you moving, twisting, and jumping. Each class is synched to a customized music playlist that is sure to motivate you to reach your peak fitness level. At-home single session classes begin at $15. For more information, click here.
Core Power Yoga
Core Power Yoga’s dedicated team is providing free live-streamed classes seven days a week, so “we can flow together.” Access their extensive catalog of yoga and meditation-focused workouts on their YouTube page. Flexibility is at the core (no pun intended) of their business. Whether you have five minutes to spare in between calls or a full hour after a packed day, Core Power Yoga has a fitness solution for you. Once you get hooked, you can access their entire collection of more than 300 workouts for just $19.99/month.
Founded in the Bay Area by Nathaniel Jewell, Dryft Live hosts donation-based classes once a week via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. All donations will support those impacted by COVID-19. Don’t have any equipment at home? No worries; Dryft workouts are designed specifically for bodyweight only. Work out and support a great cause at the same time. For more info, click here.
Jewish Community Center San Francisco
From gentle yoga to vinyasa, pilates to body blast, JCCSF has everything you need for your shelter-in-place fitness regiment. 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. classes nearly every day of the week will allow you to build up a routine. For the full class schedule of Zoom workouts, click here. If you’re feeling generous, the JCCSF encourages you to donate to their COVID-19 relief fund.
Omni Fight Club Livermore
If you find yourself tense from work and the non-stop COVID-19 news, a session with Fight Club is the perfect way to blow off steam. Owner Dennis Dumas Jr. has taken his club online with daily workouts posted on Facebook. Passwords to access each workout via Zoom and step-by-step instructions are posted for all to access. You'll need weights, bands, body bags, and more for these workouts. This one is for those with a serious home gym.
Improve your body and your mood with an at-home workout from Orange Theory. You can access daily workouts, which focus on 40-minute total body sculpting, via their YouTube channel. Be sure to follow the hashtag #OrangeTheoryAtHome for constant updates to help you build a diverse weekly workout routine.
Outdoor Yoga SF
Julianne Aiello, the founder of Outdoor Yoga SF, has moved her practice from San Francisco's Baker Beach to the shores of Bali. Live vicariously through Julianne in one of her live, 75-minute classes, streamed straight from paradise. Julianne’s upcoming class schedule features near-daily vinyasa practices between 5 and 6 p.m PST. Classes are open to all skill levels, and a suggested donation between $10 and $25 is appreciated. For more information, click here.
San Francisco CrossFit
Founded in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit focuses on timed and competitive workouts in a supportive and team-oriented environment. SF CrossFit features daily Zoom workouts catered to various skill levels and ages. From kids' classes every Monday to seniors' masterclasses every weekday morning, there's something for everyone. To access the entire class schedule, click here.
Free Your Mind
Of course, mental wellness is as important as physical wellness. Here are some San Francisco-based meditation practices for you to try at home.
Co-founders Melissa and Chad Herst are proudly offering free meditations via Zoom on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. PST. The Herst Mind/Body Coaching programs combine one-on-one coaching with mindfulness instruction to help you to clear away inner blocks that keep you from moving forward. Simply sign up for their newsletter to get information on joining a free class via Zoom.
San Francisco Zen Center
Established in 1962, San Francisco Zen Center has become a cultural institution of The City. With a clear vision that makes meditation accessible to all, San Francisco Zen Center could be just what you need during this unusual time. SFZC is offering online programs via Zoom that range from single-evening sessions to four-week comprehensive programs. For more details, click here.
Vedic Path Meditation
James Brown, one of the world's leading experts on the ancient practice of Vedic Meditation, is ready to guide you through the FLOW mediation online program. In less than two weeks, you will learn meditation, breath work, mindfulness, and visualization. 12 video lessons will teach you step-by-step. A one-time payment of $250 or a four-week installment plan are available. For more information, click here.
Within, a San Francisco-based meditation studio, is offering a wide range of online classes. Classes range in topics from “Wisdom Within” to “Cultivating Calm & Resiliency” to “Freedom from Fear.” If you’re new to the whole mediation thing, you can sign up for Within’s newsletter and receive a link to watch one of their live-streamed classes for free. Once you’re hooked, you can participate in $7 single-session online classes and level up as you please. For more information, click here.