7x7's Guide to Bay Area Wellness: Clean Eats, Fitness Classes, Chiropractors, Energy Healing, Massages + More
By Sarah Medina , Chloé Hennen , Gail Goldberg and Margaux Lushing | May 16, 2017
Set in a chic and industrial studio, Informed Body (1731 Buchanan St. #1b, Japantown) offers expert classical instruction on a variety of Pilates machines either one-on-one or as part of a duet or trio (amazing for getting all of the personal attention while saving a few bucks). The studio of choice for so many fitness professionals due to its focus on classical machine technique, Mighty Pilates (3654 Sacramento St., Presidio Heights) also offers non traditional coursework (try Core & Booty) using a variety of Pilates machines to fine tune form and dig deeply into muscles you never knew existed. If you've got your technique down and want to amp up the resistance and speed, the 'FitFormers' at Pilates ProWorks (multiple locations, Bay Area–wide) will push you beyond anything Mr. Joseph Pilates could have imagined. Founded by a ballerina turned Pilates pro, MNTSTUDIO (766 Brannan St, SoMa) offers reformer classes rooted in classical Pilates but with an athletic approach—even though your heart is pumping and you're breaking a sweat, your technique remains, ahem, on point. The South Bay's newest pilates studio, RockSalt (multiple locations in San Mateo and San Carlos) offers a Pilates-on-steroids workout with heavier weights, a double-time pace, and fast music; although unlike its counterparts in the city, this studio is the only one to offer a dedicated stretch class. Situated in Union Square, Maiden Lane Studios (80 Maiden Ln, Union Square) is a small, sunny, and modern space where we can breathe through our hundreds in peace. Plus, reformer and mixed apparatus pilates classes are limited to just four people, so we can get all the special attention we need.