Debut destinations and new programming offer San Franciscans enticing ways to spice up their fitness routines this spring.
Benchmark Climbing offers a fun fitness experience for climbers of all skill levels.
New climbing gym Benchmark Climbing is now open. The building was completed in 1913 and used to be a tire shop and showroom for brands like Oldsmobile and Chevrolet. Benchmark Climbing retains the site’s original charm across the 10,000 square feet of space for bouldering and other exercises. New and experienced climbers can train here with a variety of terrain and difficult overhangs, and intro classes are offered daily. 1414 Van Ness Ave., 415.913.7490
Formerly 17th Street Athletic Club, 17 Reasons guarantees an upbeat, tried-and-true workout. The team, made up of a collection of eclectic and passionate instructors led by founder Shannon Boughn, recently relocated to Bryant Street. The goal is to keep clients motivated through support and understanding, and to celebrate victories along the way. 1920 Bryant St., 415.851.1784
Fans of high-intensity interval training will love the Bay Club’s new FIIGHT class. It’s a 50-minute session with 12 rounds of exercises in a sleek black and purple room. With a combination of boxing drills and training on the new VECTOR resistance tool, expect quick cardio and strength training. The class is currently only offered in San Francisco, and participants should bring their own boxing gloves and wraps or buy or rent from the Bay Club. 150 Greenwich St., 415.433.2200
HAUM SF’s studio space
HAUM SF, a new yoga studio in the Mission, is the place to go for a calming, centering yoga class. Inspired by the need for a stress-free zone throughout 2020, owner Danni Pomplun wanted to create an inclusive space to practice yoga techniques like vinyasa, hatha, Restore and more. HAUM offers a range of classes including Yin+Meditation and yoga conditioning, retreats in Portugal and Colorado, and training to become a certified instructor. Discover workshops and mentorships for those becoming more interested in pursuing yoga. 2973 16th St., Ste. 500, 415.590.2059
Spring is the perfect time to partake in a SpinOut class
Ever biked on water? SpinOut Fitness is helping San Franciscans combine fun with fitness through this new form of exercise. The company’s mission is to provide an eco-friendly and innovative way for people to experience the water and the city. Participants will ride Schiller S1-C water bikes and choose between 90- and 150-minute experiences; expect shorter fitness classes and races this year. Riders can also pick the Ride & Dine Adventure, where the group stops to eat during the ride and is partnered with more than 30 local restaurants, including Saison and Coqueta. South Beach Harbor Marina, 844.928.7253
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