Fitness + Outdoors
The Workout: The Coit Tower Multi-Press
The Expert: Keith Wohlwend, founder of Boot Camp SF (bootcampsf.com), 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.
The Workout: The 25-Mile Cross-City Ride
The Experts: The staff at NoPa’s Mojo Bicycle Café and shop (mojobicyclecafe.com) 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.
The Workout: The 10K Big-Hill Run
The Expert: Dave Parrish, cofounder of K-Stars Running Club (malvina.com/kstars), 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.
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.
Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Great news for those who want to test the biking waters in SF. Next year, the city's getting a bike sharing program, which is kind of like Zipcar, but for bikes.
World Series tickets are going for upwards of $500 for standing room only. Bleachers? $900.
You can get a prime seat in McCovey Cove for less than $100, but it involves kayaking. We're sure it'll be crowded in those waters, but it's certainly an appropriately San Francisco way to take in our first World Series in 8 years.
Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
So, you've finally caved, ditched Muni for good and gotten yourself a bicycle. You want to learn to bike the city without getting killed, right? First tip: Wear a helmet. Here are some more to get you started.
Easy bike routes to practice your skills:
The world-famous Wiggle is a gradually-climbing route that zig zags through the city and has long been used (on foot and on horseback) as an easy way to navigate San Francisco. It starts at the Ferry Building and takes you through major neighborhoods like downtown, the Castro, Panhandle, the Haight and Golden Gate Park. Use Market Street's new green bike lanes until you hit the Castro and Lower Haight. You'll be on Fell Street, a high speed, one-way road, for only one block before you hit the Panhandle, which will take you to Golden Gate Park. Once you're in the park, relax and enjoy the scenery.