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Four Awesome Northern California Hot Springs

Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in a beautiful setting, we recommend scrapping a ritzy mud bath and checking out some of Northern California's natural hot springs. 

SELF Magazine Workout in the Park Comes to Marina Green

Fans of group fitness, mark your calendars: The SELF Magazine Workout in the Park is coming to the San Francisco for the first time on April 30. It's a day of crunching, yoga-ing, cardio-ing and general self-invigoration at Marina Green, led by the fitness gurus over at CRUNCH gym. (Gleeks, get excited: there's a class dedicated to learning the songs and dances of Glee). Celebrity host Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser (soap aficionados will know her as Sami from Days of Our Lives) will be on deck to pump up the crowd.

Marmot to Open New Flagship Store in Union Square

Marmot, the beloved, local gear and clothing company, opens its flagship store this Friday on Post between Grant and Kearny.
For San Franciscans, the move brings a touch of Sierra Nevada backcounty  to one of the city’s highest-end retail blocks.
A true northern California company – like two of its big competitors, The North Face and Mountain Hardware – Marmot built its reputation by making some of the best down-filled and Gore-Tex products in the early 70's.

Stay Warm: 5 Deals on Winter Jackets

It's going to snow (find out if it's snowing now here). So we went ahead and found some great deals on winterware to keep you warm. From the heavy duty to the highly efficient, here are a few steals on jackets for your winter arsenal.




The Total Steal
Marmot Down Vest
Men's and Women's
$64.84 (Down from $140)

A solid solution for combatting the cold is to take something warm you already own and put an amazingly down-priced, down-vest from a great local company right over it. Blammo.



The Furry Friend
Patagonia Retro-X Hoody
Men's and Womens
$114.50 (Down from $229)

We like to think the awesomeness of this jacket is self-explanatory. It's as if a stylish wooly mammoth was hugging you.

Rage Against the Machine: 4 Ultimate San Francisco Urban Workouts

Steep hills, rugged parks, and a freezing cold bay. If any city’s terrain can lure you out of the gym and onto the streets, ours can. Four experts put together the ultimate urban workout. One writer reports on (barely) surviving it.

City Work Out: The Coit Tower Multi-Press

The Workout: The Coit Tower Multi-Press

The Expert: Keith Wohlwend, founder of Boot Camp SF (, runs boot camps in neighborhoods across the city and is an expert in urban terrain.

It’s no surprise that CBS’ Amazing Race leveraged Coit Tower for Season 16’s final challenge. Instead of using the tower itself, boot camp guru Keith Wohlwend suggested I use the terrain around it for the best workout.

I started at the Greenwich Street Stairs and jogged up the steep steps to the tower, visualizing Lillie Hitchcock Coit—the cross-dressing, gambling, sometimes fire-fighting woman who bequeathed us the memorial. She climbed this hill every day, probably wearing a corset, sometimes with fire hose in tow.

City Work Out: A Mile-Long Bay Swim

The Workout: A Mile-Long Bay Swim

City Workout: A 25-Mile Cross-City Ride

The Workout: The 25-Mile Cross-City Ride

The Experts: The staff at NoPa’s Mojo Bicycle Café and shop ( enjoy a hard ride without the bikier-than-thou attitude.

I usually equate the Ferry Building with good eating, but on this windy day, the Mojo crew suggested it serve as the starting point for my cross-city ride. The flat Embarcadero is perfect for intervals and got my legs pumping right out of the gate. Heading north, I turned onto Beach Street and up to Fort Mason.

City Workout: A Top O' The Castro 10K Run

The Workout: The 10K Big-Hill Run

The Expert: Dave Parrish, cofounder of K-Stars Running Club (, offers free Saturday training and Thursday track workouts at Kezar Stadium. He came up with this killer run.

It was raining—as if Dave Parrish hadn’t already set me up for enough of a challenge with his top-o’-the-Castro running course. The six-block walk from my house to the start of the run at Buena Vista Park had left me soaked. I tucked into a bus stop to consult the route.

Trainer Frank Matrisciano Draws the NBA's Rising Stars to San Francisco

From a distance, it looks like trainer Frank Matrisciano is meeting someone for a fight after school. Under playground monkey bars deep inside the Presidio, he stands solidly in tan hiking boots, black shorts, and a couple of oversized hoodies with pockets to stuff his hands into. It’s raining, and the park is quiet, except for his client, a former Raiderette struggling to complete her sixth set of pull-ups after a marathon of burpees and plyometric jumps. “Are you telling me that that’s all you got?” asks Matrisciano. “Keep going, dear. This is easy stuff. I want to see you prove yourself wrong.” She pulls her core in and just clears the bar when Matrisciano tells her she’s done.

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