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After having baby #3, I am trying to lose some of the weight I
have gained over the past 6 years. A while back, someone posted
that some former trainers from the Ice Chamber opened their own
gym. What was the name of that? And has anyone been to both that
gym and the Ice Chamber to offer some perspective or recs? To be
honest, I am not even sure with my schedule that I could make it
to the gym. How have others worked this out with a nursing baby?
Maybe scrap the gyms and hire a personal trainer who will come
once a week to create a fitness and nutritional plan for the
week? I have the motivation, just not the time, not a ton of
money, and no babysitters during the day. Early mornings and
evenings are not really a great option (crazy time of day for me
and the kids)but I am willing to try. Anyway, just looking for
some recommendations from those who have been in the same boat.
reeling from my Wii Fit age
Hi - That was me with the post about
Phoenix Gym and personal
training. Congrats on your little one! I also have three kids and
totally understand the lack of time/energy for exercise and being
short on cash for extras. I worked out at Ice Chamber for 4 months
and I've been with Phoenix for 4 months now. I'd be happy to talk to
you about my experiences with both - no negativity, just perspective.
You mentioned possibly a personal trainer - Juliet Harris or Kelly
Mills (both also moms) are really great. I haven't had a lot of
exposure to Dmitri (the third owner of Phoenix), but I have had
nothing but great workouts when he's led the class. All of them do
personal training, all are certified and all have flexible schedules
- they seem to always be there. I'm pretty sure they have information
on their website about personal training. www.phoenixfitnessgym.com
Their classes are MWF at 6:30 and 9:30 am. They also have a Saturday
class at that starts (I think) at 10:30 am. It ha!
s all made a huge difference to me. Email me directly and I'll give
you my phone number if you'd like to talk.
It's FourthStreet FitCamp
Class. It's awesome! I've been going to
classes during the week and they now offer a Saturday 9 am class.
Eva, one of the trainers, is super high energy and is great at
tailoring the class to fit your needs - especially for moms! (she has
2 kids too!). I highly recommend you check it out. Eva is also a
personal trainer and has flexible hours. You can do either the class
or personal training or both.
More info: email@example.com or call 510-367-7568.
I had my third child in July and I just finished a six week session
at the boot/fit camp I think you are referring to in your request.
It was fantastic!! I think the 4th Street Fit Camp
is filling a
really important gap that has existed in helping woman feel strong
and physically capable while also raising a family and managing all
that goes along with the journey of parenthood. They are incredibly
encouraging and are open to having the babies join.....I've even
brought my middle child and the baby to a work out that was at MLK
field. It is so nice to be back in a work-out routine and I must say
one of the hardest things to do is to squeeze in time for myself
right now, but the class is so enjoyable and the three woman that run
it are really motivating and bring such unique attributes to the
table.....across the board it makes the experience so worthwhile!!
Here is the info, it would be fun to have you join the crew! I love
the timing and pricing scheme as it makes it realistic given all of
the other demands on my time! Oh, and I almost forgot, I lost 4
inches off of my waist in 6 weeks going 2 times a week....so not only
is it fun and realistic, but they also get results!!
Classes are M,W, F, and Sat.
9:30am AND 11:30am
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call:510-367-7568 Finally Getting
The gym started by former Ice Chamber trainers is
Phoenix Gym. The
URL is here: http://phoenixfitnessgym.com/about.html
Having been an Ice Chamber devotee and now working with Kelly at
Phoenix Gym, I prefer Phoenix. All of the trainers are great and
knowledgeable (I worked with each of them while they were at the IC)
the workouts are outstanding, and it's just much less of a crowded
scene. The level of attention and comraderie you will get is
unmatched anywhere I've ever worked out, and I have been to many gyms
and classes. I love this place! Check them out.
The name of the gym is Phoenix Gym
I belonged to the Ice Chamber and now I go to Phoenix and am
extremely happy there. Whichever place you decide to join, you will
get in good shape because the workouts are very effective.
Both gyms offer classes or personal training only you don't go and
run on the treadmill or lift weights whenever you want. You mentioned
that early morning and evenings don't work for you. Both gyms offer
mid-morning boot camp classes. The Ice Chamber offers a 45 minute
class M - F at 9:00 and 10:00. Phoenix's mid-morning class is an
hour, M,W and F at 9:30. Phoenix also has a Saturday 10:30 class for
an additional fee. The Ice Chamber has a Saturday morning class as
well but it is usually tied into their evening program. The Ice
Chamber requires that you do Personal Training before you join boot
camp. Phoenix does not but they will give you lots of one:one
attention until you learn the correct form on the basic movements.
Both gyms offer personal training, if the class times don't work for
The Ice Chamber is really involved in kettle bell sport (endurance)
and has on-going classes (for a fee) and a competitive team. Phoenix
regularly uses kettle bells in their workouts but in what I consider
more "old school" style (explosive movement). Phoenix is currently
located in a converted barn so the inside space is pretty small
(although there is a nice grassy yard). But they utilize the
neighborhood as much as possible, including "field trips" to loading
docks and the King track. The Ice Chamber is in an industrial section
of Albany. It's more spacious and has some cardio equipment
(treadmill, spin bikes). But overall the gyms have pretty much the
The classes at both gyms are generally circuit-style where you
complete a certain number of exercises in a certain amount of time.
The workouts incorporate weights, body weight, cardio, balance, core,
etc. and are different each time. I've had great workouts at both
places but have found that I really prefer classes that are an hour.
I've never felt like I could do more at the end of an hour like I
have felt at the end of 45 minutes. When I was there, the Ice
Chamber's classes had 15 - 25+ people in them, taught by 1 - 2
trainers. Phoenix is small - there are 8 people who regularly attend
at 9:30. There are always 2 trainers (3 on Saturday) so your form
gets a lot of attention. This also means you can't hide so if you
don't want to be pushed, Phoenix might not be the place for you. Two
of the owners of Phoenix are moms who weren't always fit like they
are now. So, I feel like they really get me. And all three owners are
very passionate about what they do. I never get the s!
ense they are "phoning in the workout." And I love knowing they have
already done the workout themselves so they know where the
challenging moments are. I can't speak about the trainers at the Ice
Chamber because I don't know who is training anymore.
One of the major differences between the two places however is this:
Phoenix is a gym; the Ice Chamber is a lifestyle. The Ice Chamber
owners, Steve and Maya, are incredibly charismatic and so inspire
this zealous devotion - it's a cult of personality, really (in fact,
my husband used to call it my cult). So, if you are looking for a
community, with parties and competitions, where high-5s after a
workout are standard, then consider the Ice Chamber. Phoenix doesn't
blog about their members, they aren't throwing any parties (although
they would snuggle you if your brought them cupcakes), and I haven't
high-5ed anyone in ages. I have laughed my ass off though - Kelly,
Juliet and Dmitri, in addition to being really talented trainers, are
also irreverently funny. Makes the brutality of their workouts a bit
easier to bear. (Kelly writes her own blog - not about the gym - so
you could check out her sense of humor at www.fitnessfixation.com ).
If you're still not sure, I suggest you drop into Phoenix sometime
soon and try a class. When I was there, you couldn't drop-in to the
Ice Chamber though. But at least you would get a taste of Phoenix
without the commitment. Whichever place you choose, work hard and
you'll get great results.
I believe the gym you mention is Phoenix Gym
and it is great! Two of
the three owners are mothers and have tons of experience helping
women get back into shape after having babies (including helping
women with split abdominal muscles and other post-pregnancy issues).
They have a 9:30 class for parents (and 6:30 for early-risers) and
also do personal training throughout the day.
The classes are small so I get a ton of one-on-one personal
attention, which is hard to find at other gyms and great if you are
just starting out. The classes are a full hour so by the time I drag
myself out of bed and get to the gym, it is really worthwhile. They
coach a number of top athletes, but really they take as much (if not
more) pride in the personal gains of people just starting out or just
getting back in shape. They are genuinely excited when I am able to
achieve something that I could not do before (pull-ups, a new rowing
record, a heavier barbell weight...) sometimes with giddy clapping.
They also know when to push me and when to back away slowly. I am so
grateful for their coaching and I know a bunch of other people feel
the same. Plus they are super witty and goofy which distracts from
the pain and I get an ab workout from laughing (one of the owners is
Kelly Mills who writes for the Chronicle's parenting blog ''The
Poop''). Sometimes I have to yell at
them for making me laugh when I am trying to do an isometric hold. I
used to go to the Ice Chamber but I am *obviously* happy at Phoenix
I've been going to the Ice Chamber
for two years now, and just
wanted to add a plug for their program (which I originally
discovered via Berkeley Parents Net). I haven't been to
Phoenix, so don't know how it compares, but I really have great
things to say about IC.
I'm a mom of two, and someone who always liked the idea of being
active a lot more than doing the work to actually be active. I
was incredibly out of shape when I started. I decided to sign
up just for one month of boot camp, and I was hooked. I
recently worked out on vacation with my brother (an ex-college
athelete) and my husband (who bikes to work every day) and
frankly, they had trouble keeping up with the workout I led them
The workouts are incredibly efficient because the exercises are
designed to do multiple things - in about 50 minutes you get
everything - warmup, cardio, strength, flexibility and stretch
out. It would take me at least 2 hours in the gym to accomplish
the same results. I also like the fact that you are usually
working in a team or with a partner, which gives you a great
feeling of camaraderie. (And yes, it is a big place for high
fives). I feel like the trainers push me but also are very
supportive. The workouts are scalable, and you are encouraged
to adjust them as needed so you are giving YOUR max but able to
finish. It's hard, and some days I can barely drag myself
there, but I love seeing my progress - the things I couldn't do
when I started that I can do now. Not to mention the workout
itself is the biggest endorphin kick imaginable.
In fact, the funny thing is I discovered for me the secret to
staying with a workout was actually to make it tougher and more
serious. Usually the advice is ''start slow, try walking every
day, etc.'' But I needed to get more intense in order to get
There are a lot of moms (and dads) in the 9 am and 10 am
classes, and also a room off the main exercise area with a TV
and books and crayons and stuff, so if you kids are reasonably
self-sufficient for a 45 minute period you can bring them - and
I'm sure Phoenix is great too, but you might want to give them
both a try.
Ice Chamber fan
I went to a Pilates workout outdoors in SF today with a friend.
I'd love to find something similar here in Oakland. Here's what
I'd like, a full body, hour long exercise class at Lake Temescal
or the cemetery, that meets once or more per week. Does anyone
know of anything like that? I saw the Women's Boot Camp website
but it seems expensive. Still if you loved that I'd like to hear
ready to get in shape
You might check out Montclair Outdoor Fitness
(http://montclairoutdoorfitness.com/), which meets in Montclair Park
on Moraga Ave. I see them out there weekday mornings and they look
like they're having fun.
I don't know which bootcamp you have tried, but I highly recommend
Oakland Adventure Bootcamp. It is all women, meets at Lake Temescal
at 9:30 am or Lake Merritt at 5:30 and 6:30 am. It is a full body
workout with cardio, Pilates, kick-boxing, bands, free weights - you
name it. It is run by two great women, both moms, who inspire women
to push themselves. It is not cheap but you can choose to do three
days a week which is the least expensive. Having done this for some
time I can't imagine going back to a gym - even these last couple of
weeks when it was pouring down rain during the workout.
Trying to be fit
We just moved to Montclair and are considering our options for gym
/ pool membership. We were at the YMCA in the Presidio previously
so had a full gym with classes and childcare plus a great swimming
pool (albeit indoors). We'd ideally like to take advantage of an
outdoor pool over the warm months. We have heard of the Hills,
Claremont and Montclair Swim Club and obviously the YMCA, but most
of the reviews online are fairly old.
- Any good outdoor public pools nearby for summer enjoyment with
- Hills v Montclair Swim Club v Claremont: social opportunities?
guest policies? overall offering
- YMCA options (Berkeley, Oakland)
- Other gyms we might want to consider (particularly if we decide
against the hefty joining fees of the above mentioned clubs)
Thanks very much! Lainey
We belong to the Hills Club
(that is the one on Manzanita, not to be confused with
the Oakland Hills Club on Redwood Rd). We moved to Oakland about 3.5 years ago and
joined the club about 1.5 years ago. My wife uses they gym and takes occasional
classes which she has liked. I mostly like to Swim. There are two hot tubs (one
adults only) and saunas in each dressing room. They are doing a major renovation
right now and I hear what is done so far looks great. It is a beautiful spot and
the kids love it. They have child care, though we have not used it, and a summer
camp, which we have used and our kids have enjoyed. One of the main reasons we
joined is that we knew so many people there and the social aspects have been great.
When we go up with the kids in the summer they almost always have friends there.
The pool is heated and there are plenty of people who use it year round.
The memberships can be resold, and I'm guessing they may have gone down in price
with the economy. I did not worry to much about it because you can resell it when
you are done with it and as long as you plan to hold on to it for a while it is not
likely you will lose money on it.
Happy Hills member
Join the Hills Swim and Tennis Club.
Memberships are at an all time low, just go on
Craigslist to find them. You also pay a monthly fee - I think its 205 these days.
There are three pools, one for every size. It is much cheaper than the Claremont.
It is also a much nicer club than the Montclair Swim club in terms of surroundings.
Go up for a tour. My family has been a member for 7 years or so and my son is on
the swim team. The people are pretty laid back, a lot of members bought in when the
price was $250 to join. It is not a bunch of wealthy, well-dressed people, just
average families with kids. In the summer it is great because there are tons of
kids to play with and people bring up their wine and beer and food. There is also a
new cook and the food at the cafe is great.
We have been members at the
Oakland Hills Tennis Club on Redwood Road for almost
two years now. My young daughter and I enjoy the outdoor pools (one is a baby pool
for non-swimming children and it's heated to 90 degrees or so). They even offer
swim lessons. My husband enjoys the gym. There is a separate type of membership
if you also want to take advantage of the tennis courts. Childcare is provided for
a nominal fee during certain hours. There is also a nice little snack bar. There
are various events throughout the year as well. If you want just a pool, Mills
College offers swim lessons and public swim opportunities as well. It's a nice
pool and it doesn't cost much to enjoy.
I'm looking for an early morning exercise class in the Albany/North
Berkeley area to get back in the swing of working out after having
two babies in three years. Having a specific day and time
scheduled in advance should help motivate me to get out of bed and
work out before the kids and hubby wake up. I'm
planning to call the Albany YMCA about a Monday morning boot camp
class they offer (if anyone is taking that and has feedback, do
share!). I'd also love to hear any of your recommendations for
early morning pre-work classes or any gyms that offer classes that
I should check into.
Ready to Get Fit
The Ice Chamber in Albany has awesome 6, 7, 9, and 10 a.m.
bootcamp classes that will make you feel like a million bucks.
9 a.m. bootcamper
There are so many choices!! Crossfit in Oakland/Emeryville
border is great (every morning at 6am, you can look at Crossfit
website to see what their philsophy and program is,
http://www.crossfitoakland.com ). Many like Ice Chamber in
Albany (www.icechamber.com). Good luck!
like to exercise in the AM, great start to the day!
The Ice Chamber in Albany (558-0807) is great for early morning
''boot camp'', as well as personal training. I know that Jessica
and Steve are terrific trainers. Go there.
I highly recommend the Ice Chamber! It's the first gym that I
love going to. Every class is different and fun, and all the
people there are so supportive and encouraging. Here's the link
to the website.
I take bootcamp classes at Phoenix Fitness gym in West Berkeley
and highly recommend them. They have classes in the a.m. 6:30 and
9:30 M, W, and F. The classes are an hour long (and they use
every minute), intense and very effective. The classes are really
small right now (5 -6 people) so you get lots of attention from
the trainers. The fitness levels of the people in the classes
vary - some are very fit and some are just getting back into
shape. But the trainers know how to tailor the workout for
everyone. Plus, they are really nice and funny (and evil but in a
good, sick way). Every class is different which keeps it fun and
interesting and you won't believe what they can coax out of you.
The people in the classes are supportive which means you all
suffer together. This isn't one of those yelling at you boot
camps. Kelly, Juliet and Dmitri want you to excel and know how to
get you there. Like they say on their website, ''it's badass hard
work but it is fun and rewarding.''
check out their website and call/e-mail them today. You won't be
Some of the Ice Chamber's former trainers opened their own gym.
Phoenix Gym offers hour-long bootcamp classes at 6:30 and 9:30. I
signed up for the
6:30 class, which lets me work out in the morning and still get to
work by 9:00. It's
hard and I am really sore. But I feel stronger already and my body
changing and I've only been doing it for a couple weeks. I've
always worked out
but never been happy with the results. Now I see that I haven't
myself enough. The Pheonix trainers push me until I can't go
anymore. We do
all sorts of things like stair running and kick boxing, weight
rowing, squats and push-ups so it never gets boring. And the
trainers, Kelly, Juliet and Dmitri truly
love what they do. Highly recommend them.
getting back in shape
Oakland Y and club one have fitness classes starting pretty early
(they open at 5, but I can't remember how early classes start).
Berkeley Y probably has early ones too.
I missed the original post but if you are looking for early morning
exercise classes, you should definitely check out Phoenix Gym in
West Berkeley. It's a small space but the bootcamp classes are
awesome. They are a full hour, they are different every day and they
are always challenging. There are always two trainers so you get a
lot of attention - especially with form so you don't get hurt. I
love getting my exercise out of the way and feeling energized for
the entire day.
Their classes are 6:30 and 9:30.
I've been going to the Oakland Y for Bootcamp for the past year and
love it. It's at 5:30am (the only time I can get away as I am SAHM
of 3 under 4). Every day is different. Sometimes in the gym,
sometimes outside. There are three instructors (2 are volunteers)
and there are about 50 people in the class. Everyone knows everyone
else's names and the support is fantastic but not obnoxious. I
couldn't run a block before and and know I can run 4 miles! Check
Finally getting in shape again.
Hi there, I am looking for suggestions about exercise with my 2-year-old. I
just moved from San Diego, where I was a regular at ''Stroller Jam'' sponsored
by the YMCA there. It was a great way for me to get a workout without having to
put my son in childcare. I was disappointed when I realized the Berkeley Y
doesn't have a similar program. Does anyone know of a group (Stroller
Striders-type thing or more informal) that meets in Berkeley, North Oakland,
Albany, or El Cerrito? I would also like to find some classes that he and I can
do together such as parent-toddler yoga, dance, etc, something that provides
activity for him and at least a little exercise for me. Thank you!
W.O.W. baby is perfect for you! It's the newest outdoor parent
and baby interactive fitness class to come to the Oakland area.
We have classes five days a week at two locations in Piedmont
and Oakland. After our workouts we have guided play time with a
parachute, songs, bubbles, and story time. The first class is
free - come check it out!!!
There is a stroller exercise class called Working Out With Baby
(WOW Baby) that meets Monday - Thursday and Fridays in Oakland.
Check out the schedule at www.workingoutwithbaby.com
I would like some recommendations for gyms/places to get the whole family
into exercise (2 adults, 10 year old, 4 year old). I have friends who
belong to the Claremont and the Hills club but those are way out of our
price range. Can people recommend the Oakland Y and/or Berkeley Y? Any
other places with good childcare? We live in Rockridge.
Well, we love the
but I can't say that we've compared to other
places. We just moved here from San Luis Obispo, so EVERYTHING is better
around here for a family with kids, but this place is especially nice. When we
joined, while we are essentially paying for just two adults, it was clear that
our children were members too, and the developmental and physical programs are
really nice for them. I love it there, including the childcare.
I am interested in taking exercise classes at the Bar Method in Walnut Creek. Can anybody tell
me anything about these classes? What you like, what you don't like, what the exercises are,
are the classes crowded, are the exercises effective, etc.
Looking for a good workout
My tush aches (a good thing!) as I sit here writing this reply! I have been going to The
Bar Method since March and I absolutely LOVE it! I haven't stepped foot in my gym since the
day I started. I didn't need to lose weight, but really wanted to tone. I still like to
get cardio exercise in a couple of days a week (e.g. The Lafayette Reservoir or hiking in
open space) but I go to the Bar Method 3 times a week religiously.
The Bar Method combines calanetics (sp?), Pilates, Yoga and ballet type movements
concentrating the most miniscule of motions while squeezing, tucking, breathing. If you
observed it, it wouldn't look like much. But after an hour you leave exhilarated, and not
just a little bit sore, but not in a bad way. You're just totally physically spent.
The great thing about it is you don't have to have to be super fit and not everyone in the
room is, although there are some bodies in there to envy!
The instructors are great about making sure you are in the right position to get maximum
benefit from each particular exercise, they play great music and you are being constantly
reminded to tuck your seat and grip your abs. I particularly love Amy and Audrey. The hour
Although I haven't lost any weight, I look and feel stronger and more toned. (Does muscle
really weigh more than fat?!) Just today I ran into a friend and she said ''WhAT have you
been doing??? You look great!''
It is definitely worth checking out. They even offer childcare for a nominal fee that you
can reserve in advance. Here are a few 'warnings' though. 1. It's expensive. Although
your first class is free and you can buy your first month's unlimited pass for $100, after
that you are looking at $14 - $20 per class depending on how many classes you prepay, or if
you buy the monthly unlimited. There is a summer sale going on now through Aug. 1 so you
can save some money by buying a package. 2. Classes can sell out. I have never been
turned away, but it's happened at classes I've attended. There's only so much space in the
room. Although they have a 2nd room, they haven't opened it yet. However, if you get there
at least 10 minutes early you're nearly guaranteed a place. 3. Class times are limited.
They start at 6 a.m. and there are 3 other ones until noon, then they are closed until 5:30
and there are only 2 evening classes.
I don't mean to gush, but I've been looking for the right program for me for ages and I've
found it at The Bar. Maybe I'll see you there! I'm Karen
I live in Rockridge and am looking for a nearby gym where I can
workout early in the morning. Because I work and have two kids
who need to be taken to school/daycare in the morning, I need to
be done with my workout by 6:30 or so. So those 'women's'
fitness places in Rockridge won't do it for me. I'm considering
Courthouse Athletic and Montclair Fitness. How have people's
experiences been there? Any place else I might be missing?
--- Need to get moving!
Courthouse Athletic Club
Re: Looking for a gym near Rockridge for morning workouts
You can also check out Gold's on Grand Avenue. It is just off
the 580E Grand Avenue freeway exit so it wouldn't take you any
longer than going to Courthouse, I don't think. It opens at 5 am
every weekday, 7 am on the weekends. I can't compare equipment
to other gyms, but they seem to have quite a few aerobic machines
and a large area of weight machines and then free weights. They
have classes too, but the first one doesn't start until 6 am.
trying to get in shape
Another note for exercising parents who are into aerobics, Jazzercize
on Jacuzzi St. (next to I-80) in Richmond/El Cerrito off Central exit
is very good and provides daycare during some classes, which I think
is free. Swimming is good too, but you'd need two adults, and I don't
know how much exercise you'd get. They have family swims at the
Richmond Plunge in Point Richmond.
Mariner Square Athletic Club in Alameda (next to College of Alameda) has a
UC Berkeley corporate membership available to those who may be interested.
Its a wonderful club!
Well lit, Easy parking, hours: 5:30am-11pm and weekends 8am-8pm.
Latest weight and aerobic equipment, 13 racquetball courts, 2 aerobic
floors (lots of different classes)
4ft lap pool (6 lanes), recreation room and snack bar. Saturdays they
have affordable children's swimming lessons and martial arts on Friday
and Sunday. Family swimming on Saturday and Sundays 12-4, snack bar and
OF COURSE FREE CHILDCARE! The childcare facility is nice. They have a
children's size restroom,
changing tables, play fort, kitchen, lots and lots of toys. Great
Re: Looking for a gym near Rockridge for morning workouts
I was a member of Montclair Fitness for a few years and liked it
for a while, but it depends on what you are looking for. There
is no pool and there are no classes, and I got bored after a
while with the same routine. It also seemed like a lot of money-
for the same amount you can go to a gym that has those things (I
think the Courthouse is about the same and is a lot bigger). The
atmosphere at Montclair Fitness is very friendly and I never had
to wait for machines, though I would go in the afternoon, so I'm
not sure what mornings are like. I know it opens very early. You
can do a free week there and check it out. The guy who owns it,
David, is very friendly and knowledgeable.
Does anyone out there know of any aerobic or similar classes running
in North Berkeley or environs which you can attend as a drop-in rather
than signing up for a session? They would have to be either in the
evening or with child-care during the morning.a Childcare and family
committments make signing up for a session very difficult - and I
would prefer to attend a class for motivational reasons rather than
just drop in at a gym.
No Sweat on Solano Avenue has a drop-in policy for their many various classes.
There isn't child care available, but they have kickboxing, hiphop, salsa, and
samba dancing (along with other kinds of stuff). Lots of fun and definite communities
in some of the classes. It costs $9/class, but it's cheaper if you buy a multiple class
card. They're at 1831 Solano Ave. (next to Peet's). 528-1958.
Cal-FIT on campus (you can get info from Health*Matters, among other places)
offers a drop-in card that you can use on some of the classes (depends if there's
space). You don't have to be a student or employee either--community members
are allowed; it's just that students or staff get a slight discount.
Call 642-5151 for more info.
There is NoSweat on Solano (more or less in front
of Andronico's). They have drop-in classes for
several kinds of things (hip-hop, aerobics, etc)
and (if I'm not mistaken) they cost $9.00 each.
hope it helps!
I'm looking for a place that offers step classes, preferably on a drop-in basis
where you pay a fee for that class (or a class-card). I'm moving in less than
5 months, so health club memberships don't look like a great idea with all the
initiation fees. I found Pulse in El Cerrito and No Sweat on
Solano in Berkeley, but they both only have morning classes. There's also
in Albany with the reduced community membership, but nothing is totally ideal.
Any other ideas? Or if you've used any of these places, did you like the
Can non-students do the Cal Rec center?
The Cal Fit program on Campus offers short term classes (6 weeks each or so).
Non students (and even non-campus members) can take them. My Water Exercise
class costs something like $87 for 12 sessions (I think, with some
for staff or students (as opposed to community). If space is available,
they will let
you add a class late and pro-rate. They also offer drop-in classes for
each. I don't know about step aerobics in particular, however. Call 643-5151
for more information or to request a brochure.
I've been taking classes at Pulse (recently moved to San Pablo Avenue)
for years and love the instructors, the class members and the work out I
get. Classes can definitely be taken on drop in basis.
But, you are right. Because of the move to a new studio, there are only
morning step classes (including Sat and Sun), but they do have a weight
room which is available in the evening.
Have you considered Jazzercize for a period of time on Jacuzzi street.
They do drop in and have evening classes.
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