ClassPass Instructor Awards 2018: San Francisco Winners

Living in and around San Francisco has many perks, but one of the best is the top-notch instructors who call this city home. From spirited spinners to uplifting yogis and beyond, ClassPassers in San Francisco have access to amazing workouts taught by knowledgeable and inspiring instructors — but which deserve the title of best in the city? We asked and you answered — these are San Francisco’s top instructors of 2018!

Ashley Hiben, Basecamp Fitness – San Francisco

“Ashley has great energy and motivates each student to work to their max potential. She is able to provide technique improvement suggestions, a strenuous core workout, a good spirit and a bit of humor.” —Ryan

“Ashley is such a fierce, positive, energetic instructor. She is motivational. She knows her trade and teaches with ease. I love taking her classes. After class, I always feel accomplished. Ashley is welcoming to each student and makes an effort to learn your name and give you advice during the class. Ashley is great!!!” —Rachel 

“She is by far the best instructor I have ever had! Not only does she make sure my moves are on point, but she also goes out of her way to contact me to check in to see how I am doing and if there is anything I ever need with my health, diet, and all around motivation. She is truly a godsend and I feel privileged to know her!!! She is more than just an instructor, she truly cares deeply for everyone who comes into her life.” —Cherie

“Ashley has an amazing amount of energy that she brings the class. She’s always focused on perfecting form and encouraging and celebrating each participant. Ashley is truly invested in those who come for group fitness classes and goes above and beyond to create a welcoming culture and is committing to getting to know how she can best assist everyone that takes her class.” —Mercedes 

Miguel Vargas, TRX Training Center

“I have been to Miguel’s classes many times over a good few years. He is one of the most welcoming, approachable instructors I have had the pleasure of meeting. His classes are always through the roof with energy. He motivates and pushes everyone to give their best. This guy gets results. The real deal. Proud to know him. Thanks, big man.” —James

“Expert on his field. Keep classes challenging and fun. Engaging with participants helps with progression or regression when it’s needed.  All around awesomeness, love all of his classes.” —Tunde

“I’ve lived in different cities throughout the US and have worked out with numerous instructors. Without a doubt, Miguel is among the best. His classes are fun, creative, and challenging. As an instructor, he is engaging, encouraging, and motivational. He is able to make you push yourself just a little more each and every time. He also makes it a personal experience. Being in group classes you often feel like just another body. Miguel does an amazing job at acknowledging individuals through this class whether you are new, have been there for years, when he sees that extra effort being put in or if you’re lost. He is able to read his class and adjust the workout in real time.   He is one of the best. And this is why his classes are consistently full (So annoying)” —Andrea

“The way he conducts his class is the best I’ve seen. He doesn’t yell or scream during class, but everyone wants to give it their all during class. He starts with his four rules:

  1. If it hurts don’t do it
  2. Take rest when you need to
  3. If it feels good, get after it
  4. Most importantly, have fun” —Dinesh

Prizing for our 2018 Instructor Awards is generously provided by Dagne Dover & LANE EIGHT.

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Check out more of ClassPasser’s favorite San Francisco instructors:

Palak Sheth, Doonya SF: The Bollywood Workout – San Francisco

“Palak brings her passion for dance, her energy and her amazing ways to encourage even the least coordinated among us such as myself once a week to break a sweat while enjoying various dance moves. She takes time to welcome new faces, say hi to familiar faces and is really good at giving folks a sense of community. Best of all, it always seems like she is having a blast which makes everyone enjoy the workouts more!” —Ashish 

“She is amazing! She teaches a wonderful and fun class and creates communities and connects people through her fitness classes. She does so much more than provide an opportunity to work the body; she helps nourish the mind and soul.” —Nadia 

Carl Morley, Wheel House

“Carl Morley is amazing, I’ve been taking his classes for years and he still brings the same amount of energy to each class as he did on Day 1.” —Frankie 

“Carl is a super motivating and encouraging spin instructor! He has great music, and theme nights and teaches SO many classes. Plus, his signature high kicks while the class sprints are such a crowd pleaser!” —Anoushka

Jessica Forseth, Flywheel Sports: Stadium Cycling – Market Street

“Jessica has the ability to be both friendly/relatable while also being an effective motivator/instructor. She has the best playlists, so her classes are always fun and challenging. She motivates through positive encouragement rather than intimidation.” —Nikiya 

“I schedule my week around her schedule she is THAT good. Jessica finds a way to push me more than anyone else ever has but makes it fun at the same time. I also love that she rides with us, sings, and you can tell she loves what she does.” —Liz 

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