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7 Places to Get Fit in Northern California

by | Jul 10, 2019

From San Francisco’s FiDi neighborhood to the rolling hills of Healdsburg, these seven studios, clubs and trails are sure to get your muscles moving and heart rate pumping. 

FORT POINT BAKER BEACH TRAIL – Super scenic and good for all skill levels, the Fort Point-Baker Beach Coast Trail is a 3.9-mile out and back that meanders around the bluffs above Baker Beach and provides a stunning, photogenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Trailhead is at the Fort Point National Historic Site and is accessible year-round. Bring the dogs—but keep them leashed. 

WHEEL HOUSE – Wheel House’s expansive 7,500-square-foot facility offers a cutting-edge combination of indoor cycling, yoga, TRX and core strength classes in multiple studios. Busy schedule? No problem, Wheel House offers more than 100 fitness classes per week—one of them is bound to fit into your schedule. 

THE BAY CLUB MARIN – This 60,000-square-foot fitness and recreation club is located just north of the city—ideal for commuters living in Corte Madera, San Rafael or Mill Valley, going in and out of the city each day. Jump into the heated indoor pool for lap swim, take a moment to relax in the sauna, or book a Restorative Body Wrap at the Sanctuary Spa. 

DIPSEA TRAIL – Looking to unplug in nature, but still want a good workout? Set out on Dipsea Trail—also known as the Ben Johnson Trail—it offers solid cardio with a side of redwoods, wildflowers and beach. The 9.7-mile out and back route starts in Muir Woods and goes to Stinson Beach. Bear in mind, Dipsea is rated “difficult” and has more than 2,500 feet of elevation gain (that’s where all that cardio comes in). 

THE RIM TRAIL AT THE LAFAYETTE RESERVOIR – For a shorter, more moderate hike, try the 4.7–mile loop around the Lafayette Reservoir. It’s trail, which weaves through oak woodlands and grassy ridges, has lookouts at varying elevations that provide​ spectacular views of Mount Diablo and the deep blue reservoir at the high points. In the summer months, when the days are hot, aim for an early-​morning or evening hike.

CARMEL BARRE – With locations in Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey, this studio offers barre classes as well as yoga, cardio-packed HIIT and Zumba. For a super scenic workout, take their oceanside yoga class on Carmel Beach, offered every Sunday morning. 

NANCY’S RIDGE AND ALL-THE-OAKS LOOP – In Healdsburg, a scenic town along the Russian River about 20 miles north of Santa Rosa, set out on Nancy’s Ridge and All-The-Oaks Loop. This 2.2 mile trail is perfect for all skill levels and laces through woodlands and open grassy fields. During the spring and summer, go for the wild flowers, which bloom everywhere.



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