Fit City Guide: San Francisco, California

Photo courtesy of @blairlockhart

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine releases the American Fitness Index reporting on how people in the top fifty metropolitan areas in the United States live. We reached out to unique businesses in each of the top five rated cities across the country. Read on to learn about what an active lifestyle looks like in fifth-ranked San Francisco, California.

Overall Rank: 5

Overall Score: 69.3

Personal Health Rank: 3

Community Health Rank: 17

“San Franciscans don't just like to workout–we like a challenge. You have to if you're going to walk, run or bike up and down these hills!” –Circus Center

Studio 1: Circus Center

Circus Center has established itself as one of the most advanced schools of the circus arts on the West Coast, with training in clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, contortion and more. For those wanting to try something new, a circus workout offers numerous options to challenge your body and mind, and with Circus Center’s international roster of highly experienced instructors, you can do it safely.

“San Franciscans want to feel they have a sense of purpose, in their lives and in their workouts. At Circus Center, we watch many students go on the most incredible journey, from beginner to actually performing a circus act in one of our student shows.”

Where You Can Find It: 755 Frederick Street

Studio 2: Kokoda Fitness Vehicle

“Functional Fitness Anywhere”

Kokoda’s unique Mobile Fitness Vehicle offers a great new way to train. They provide multiple training styles and a lot of the equipment you would normally see inside a gym like rowing machines, kettle bells, dumbbells and plyometrics equipment, but instead of seeing the walls of a gym, you have the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. As Kokoda says, “There is no better squat rack view in the city!”

Nathan of Kokoda Fitness says, “I’m not surprised that San Francisco constantly ranks highly as one of the fittest cities in the US. It is definitely embedded in the culture here. I think the year-round temperate weather helps, and people from San Francisco seem to understand the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle which leads them to all forms of sport and fitness.”

Where You Can Find It: Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Studio 3: SALT

SALT offers heart pumping, calorie burning full-body workouts layering intense plyometric movements with strengthening isometric holds to build lean muscle. SALT has uniquely created a Barre Fight class—a 60-minute full-body workout using dynamic flexibility to develop strong mobile joints, high-intensity interval kickboxing drills for caloric burn, and isometric strength movements at the ballet barre to build lean muscle in strategic places.

Where You Can Find It: 327 Divisadero St.

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This blog post is the fifth in our series on the cities ranked in the American Fitness Index. Read our other posts in the series here. You can access the full American Fitness Index here.

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