From mindfulness apps to diet hacks, the Bay Area's grounded gurus have a wealth of wellness knowledge to share.
Jerry Rice plays regularly at Sharon Heights Country Club, where he’s a member.
Former NFL star, entrepreneur, philanthropist
If there’s a busier former NFL player, we’d love to see him. Jerry Rice, 59, looks like he could still run deep-crossing routes and burn past countless cornerbacks. His secret? The Hall of Famer hasn’t bought into the notion that slowing down equals happiness. Not only is he honorary board chairman of the 49ers Foundation, but, two years ago, he co-founded the healthful energy drink G.O.A.T. Fuel with his daughter Jaqui. The brand has grown steadily (find it in Target stores in Northern California, among other places) and has reeled in ambassadors like the Niners’ Trey Lance. “I still wake up very early, get my workout in and walk or run the dogs,” says Rice, who notes he drinks lots of water and two cans of G.O.A.T. Fuel each day to help with his oxygen levels and keep powered during workouts. Location helps too. “We have everything here—amazing weather, excellent food and great people,” he says. “It keeps me motivated, as there are so many people here inventing and creating new businesses. The energy is contagious. This is home.”
BREAKFAST: Protein shake
WAKE-UP TIME: Dogs get us up at 6:30am.
DIET: It’s about moderation.
WEAKNESS: Pecan pie
HOTEL: Must-have gym and restaurant/bar, Marriott Bonvoy properties
WORKOUT: Right now, it’s my Peloton.
WELLNESS APP: Don’t need one; it’s in my genes.
WORKOUT SHOES AND OUTFIT: Nike
WORKOUT PLAYLIST Hip-hop and R&B
WORKOUT BUDDY: My wife
BEST ADVICE: Always give 100 percent.
MANTRA: Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.
DINNER: Grilled halibut or salmon
SOULMATE: My wife
Laura Oronzi’s go-to workouts include power yoga, hot Pilates, weight-training circuit and quick and fast runs.
Yoga and fitness instructor
Laura Oronzi says her fitness and yoga career started 10 years ago when her oldest son, then an infant, was crying in the backseat of her car. “It was raining and gray, and I was a very fried new mom,” says Oronzi, who pulled into a shopping center and saw a sign advertising a new yoga studio with childcare. Her life changed. Not only did she take classes but also became a yoga teacher and certified fitness instructor. Oronzi now teaches power yoga and hot Pilates at Hot Yoga Republic in San Rafael; she also films workouts for the Luna Mother Company fitness app. “I wake up super early every morning and journal, read, meditate and plan my day,” she says. “It was a practice I got away from during COVID, but I’m back in full swing, and it makes such a difference.” The yoga pro also takes heart from those around her in the Bay Area. “This is coming from someone with a strong dose of vanity, but there’s a greater focus on inner beauty in the Bay Area—and I’m all about that.”
BREAKFAST: Oatmeal, plus really strong coffee every single day
WAKE-UP TIME: 5:30am with the alarm set across the room, so I have to get up.
DIET: I avoid bread and sugar and try to eat a lot of veggies and lean protein.
NEMESIS: Pilates reformer machines are so boring.
ESCAPE: Murder podcasts and the Real Housewives
WEAKNESS: Cutting sizable chunks off my kids’ grilled cheese sandwiches before serving; the house takes 10%.
UNIFORM: Sneakers, mascara and good eyebrows
WORKOUT: Power yoga, hot Pilates, weight-training circuit, quick and fast runs
SUPPLEMENTS: B vitamins, a women’s multivitamin, collagen
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Leggings, tank top
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: Hip-hop. Right now, Bia, ‘Can’t Touch This’; 2 Chainz, ‘Million Dollars Worth of Game’; and Saweetie, ‘Get it Girl’
BEST ADVICE: It’s never them, it’s always you.
PHILANTHROPY: Helping women get and stay sober
MANTRA: The truth points in both directions (from the Tao of Healing).
STREAMING NOW: The Dropout
DINNER: Roasted chicken thighs and broccoli
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
ZODIAC: OMG, I’m such a Libra!
Yotam Israeli launched LuxFit SF during the pandemic.
President, LuxFit SF
In the middle of the pandemic, Yotam Israeli had a revelation: Since many professional trainers had to figure out new careers, why not head to the great (and safe) outdoors to stay fit? Specifically, an outdoor gym as an alternative to a big-box gym. LuxFit SF, located in Hayes Valley and The Crossing at East Cut, was born. “Everyone was happy to finally have a place to be able to work out safely,” says Israeli, who has led multiple studios, including Fitness SF and Equinox. “I start every single day with a greens supplement, a joint-by-joint mobility routine, five minutes of writing in a gratitude journal, followed by meditation and 20 minutes of reading.” Israeli says the best workout begins and ends with the flow of kettlebells. “Most of us lose the ability to move naturally and freely. Kettlebells have always allowed me to stay in shape while still allowing the creativity of flow to continue to thrive.”
WAKE-UP TIME: 5am every single morning
DIET: I have an 80/20 split of healthy, home-cooked food versus dining at restaurants.
NEMESIS: A good time (did someone say a 4am DJ?)
ESCAPE: A kettlebell and working out
WEAKNESS: Egg custard lava buns
UNIFORM: Off-White sneakers, Lululemon pants, LuxFit hoodie
HOTEL: Four Seasons
WORKOUT: A heavy trap bar deadlift followed by kettlebell flow and kettlebell conditioning
SUPPLEMENTS: AG1 by Athletic Greens daily supplement
WELLNESS APP: Headspace for meditation
MENTOR: My brother
WORKOUT SHOES: Nike Metcon x Frees 2.0
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Sneakers, shorts and shirtless for vitamin D
WORKOUT PLAYLIST Housewerk on Spotify
BEST ADVICE: Your health depends on your mind and body.
MANTRA: Train your mind, and the body will follow.
SOULMATE: Amber Woolcock
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: The Premonition by Michael Lewis
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: A utility tool, an endless supply of books and my jump rope
YESTERDAY: Was another amazing day. I was able to work outside and help those in our community.
Casey Miller owns wine country’s FitNV.
For Napa Valley fitness entrepreneur Casey Miller, a mind-and-body wellness routine definitely includes the classes her studio offers to clients (from spin to yoga), but there’s always something more tangible. “[It’s about] surrounding myself with great family and friends who genuinely want the best for me and an incredibly supportive fiance,” says Miller, who has a graduate degree in kinesiology and launched FitNV just before the pandemic. “I’m also lifting heavy weights and taking recovery more seriously than I used to in my 20s. Plus, I’m taking time to be alone outside whether it’s a walk, a hike or a run.”
BREAKFAST: Avocado toast
WAKE-UP TIME: 5:15am
DIET: Listening to my body
DOPPELGANGER: Literally Blake Lively, but in my soul it’s Beyoncé.
NEMESIS: No time for that
ESCAPE: The beach
WEAKNESS: My niece and nephews
HOTEL: Just needs a good tub
WORKOUT: Heavy lifting
LAST MEAL: Pho
SUPPLEMENTS: Mushroom powders, turmeric and prenatal vitamins
WELLNESS APP: My Fitness Pal and Nike Run Club
WORKOUT SHOES: Nike Metcons
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Lululemon pants, sports bra and Alo crop top
WORKOUT PLAYLIST 2000s hip-hop and rap
ROUTINE: Epsom salt baths and bone broth daily
BEST ADVICE: Life is short. Love fearlessly, forgive quickly, work hard for what you want and don’t look back.
PHILANTHROPY: Donating my hair to Wigs for Kids four times
MANTRA: Change is inevitable, progress is optional.
STREAMING NOW: Euphoria
DINNER: Salmon, jasmine rice and broccoli
SOULMATE: Isaac Anjejo
BEDTIME: Before 10pm
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Water and books
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE: ‘Freedom’ by Beyoncé
YESTERDAY: It’s gone—all we have is right now.
ZODIAC: Pisces sun and moon, Cancer rising
Photography by: JERRY RICE PHOTO BY BRENDAN MAININI; LAURA ORONZI PHOTO BY EMILIE BERS; YOTAM ISRAELI PHOTO BY MIKE CONOL; CASEY MILLER PHOTO BY KRISTEN LOKEN