ClassPass Road Trip: San Francisco

Nestled on top of practically mountainous terrain, San Francisco gives you a workout simply by walking around the city.  However, I like to think of the workouts as a nice warm up or cool down (depending on the direction of said walk) to complement all of the city’s amazing fitness scene!

San Francisco is one of the five Mediterranean climates in the world, which means year-round it stays incredibly temperate.  Most of the time–and especially in summer–the city and its gorgeous Victorian architecture stays shrouded in a thick blanket of fog (affectionately known as @karlthefog).

The result: always optimal workout weather indoors and out!

This is a city known for its healthy living lifestyle, and the men and women bustling about town in their athleisure with smart fitness trackers, all authentically dedicated to a collective pursuit of wellness. Read: we’re putting all of our spandex to actual work.

Here’s some of my favorite ways to sweat, stretch and satisfy my need for delicious food.

Where to work out

SALT: 7×7


Seven miles by seven miles, SF is tiny but packs a punch. Salt’s aptly titled 7×7 class does exactly that. A heart-pumping, sweat fest of a HIIT class, I love the challenging cardio this workout serves up.

Core40

Can somebody please explain why megaformers are so hard?!? Their signature 40-minute class will leave you shaking like a leaf in a matter of minutes, but works to give you incredible tone. Looking for more of a cardio workout instead? Try the CoreCombo class, which mixes megaformers work and spin or the CoreCycle class for pure spinning.

Yogaworks


A San Francisco must! Our city is filled with stand out classes and instructors. Yogaworks offers consistently excellent classes–whether you’re looking for an early morning vinyasa to get your day started or a nice restorative in the evening. 

The Pad

There are tons of vinyasa classes out on the market, but sometimes it’s nice to just slow. It. Down.  I love the Thursday night SoulFlow class at The Pad, led in low light to a slower place. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy class, you will be challenged and you will sweat—but it’s an awesome way to end your week with a deep soulful practice led with awesome sequencing and great tunes.

Barry’s Bootcamp

Harder. Faster. Stronger. That’s what Barry’s makes me. I love their treadmill sprints like whoa, because they help me take my running game to the next level. The floor intervals work to get you hella-toned too! I would be remiss to not mention the awesomeness of having a pre-ordered smoothie waiting for you after class and locker rooms stocked with Malin + Goetz products.

Mint Studios


Tucked amidst warehouses and commuter traffic, Mint Studios is an immaculate urban oasis offering Pilates mat and reformer classes, barre and yoga. The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming and the classes are top notch! I especially love the Mat classes are technical, but accessible!

Where to eat

Bi-Rite Market


After you’ve gotten your SALT on, mosey down Divis and into Bi Rite market where you can refuel on some of the city’s most delicious produce, sandwiches, salads–and IMHO–the best hummus in the world. Or if ice cream is more your jam, they have that too!

El Burrito Express

I guess I like to place my workouts in direct proximity to my fave eateries. EBX has an amazing–and hearty — fish taco. It’s not greasy and comes topped with sautéed veggies.  Make sure to get extra red salsa!

Other ways to stay active

Golden Gate Park

 

8:08pm – Glad I decide to look up on my walk home. #sanfrancisco #goldengatebridge #sunset #nofilter

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A runner’s paradise. A biker’s paradise too! Oh and walkers will love it. This beautifully landscaped park is filled with trails and paths that lead straight out to the ocean.

Hamilton Pool

No gym membership but want to swim some laps? No problem! For $5 you can freestyle and back stroke to your heart’s desire. Bring a lock for the lockers and flip flops for the showers–this is a frills-free public pool after all. However the lifeguard on duty generally plays a dope mix of funk and disco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Another one both bikers and runners will love! You can rent bikes at the base, but if you’re a more experienced cyclist and have your own wheels, keep on pedaling and head up to Hawk Hill for the most thrilling descent overlooking the Pacific. For runners looking to gain some distance–and elevation– start on Crissy Field and work your way up to the bridge and across. You’re looking at about a 6-mile loop with some substantial climbing.

Though she’s always been active, Cassidy appreciates how ClassPass keeps her accountable for her workouts. And thanks to classes all over the city at varying times, she’s able to to fit in exercise, not only when she’s home, but when she travels, too. Best of all though, she’s been able to discover new studios and experiences that without ClassPass, wouldn’t have been possible. Follow Cassidy on Twitter, Instagram and her blog.