Burn SF staffers readily admit that their studios can be, in a word, "daunting." The room's floor is covered in mats, with a narrow runway down the center. The walls are covered in what the savvy might already know are pilates springboards, but to the rest of us look like something straight out of The Armory, with their multitude of straps, belts, and devices. But don't worry! That weird-looking board is actually your friend, there to help you get a terrifically fun and adaptable workout.
Twenty years after heading to San Francisco with dreams of becoming a stage actor, Liam Vincent has it made. "Having smart people who want to work with you is way more gratifying and challenging than playing the father of a girl who's hot but is also a mummy on the CW," he says.
It's time for some real talk. Ready? The scale is not your friend. All it's telling you (that is, assuming that thing on your bathroom floor is actually accurate, which is dubious) is the downward force your body commands. It can't tell you how good your arms will look in a tank top, how tapered your waist appears in jeans, or if your need to rethink that pencil skirt. We need to liberate ourselves from the scale's evil, useless tyranny — but let's be realistic, we still need to be able to track our fitness progress, somehow, right? That's where body composition testing comes in.
SoulCycle is the toughest workout you’ll ever love. Founded in New York in 2006, the body-rebuilding spinning-meets-support-group craze didn’t hit the Bay Area until 2013. Since then, it’s developed a rabid following in San Franciscans like Jaime Gagliardi, who describes the workout as a “Dance Party + Therapy + Triple Espresso while burning hundreds of calories.” How could we not try it after a plug like that?
Avant-Barre is a genuine group-exercise unicorn — a truly adaptable workout that allows participants of a wide range of fitness levels to get involved, but still keeps every member of the class pushing hard for the full hour. You'll leave the class feeling fitness is attainable, and maybe even... fun? Yes, fun.
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