Top 5 Bootcamps in SF – Rock that Bod!

 July 7, 2015
Posted by jenn

Get healthy and fit with these great SF bootcamps. No excuses!

1, Basic Training
“The only workout worth doing is the one you look forward to” is Basic Training’s mantra, which is definitely a motto we can get behind. Founder Jennifer Pattee and her team of amazing trainers keep things fun and interesting by leading groups of 5-20 boot campees through weekly outdoor workouts at some of S.F.’s most scenic spots. We’re talking big S.F. landmarks (yanno, the ones you always promise yourself you’ll visit more, but don’t) like the Exploratorium, Duboce Park, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Stadium. While you soak up the views and remind yourself just how much you love this city, you’ll be tossing around medicine balls, jump roping furiously, doing sit-ups on concrete (mats are provided), and challenging your body in new ways each class. All the while, supportive coaches are there to help push you through, making it a perfect combo of inviting and strenuous.

Price: First class is free. Weekday drop-in classes are $20; Saturdays and Sundays are $25. Buy in bulk and get 10 classes for $185, 20 for $335, or a monthly membership for $200.
When and Where: Click here to see full schedule.

Dubbing San Francisco its ultimate playground, BootCampSF really isn’t lying. The organization has folks covered no matter where they live with six meetup locations — Dolores Park, the Marina, Golden Gate Park, South Beach, the Embarcadero, and Crissy Field —scattered around this 7×7 patch. Add to that 14 instructors that cater to a wide range of fitness goals and both morning and evening classes, making it easy to switch up your session each week or settle into a more predictable grove. Expect high-intensity moves like sprinting, jumping jacks, and calisthenics all thrown into the mix to help you strengthen and tone from head to toe.

Price: Score a six-week package with four classes a week for $345, a six-week package with three classes a week for $295, or a six week package with 12 classes total for $215.
When and Where: Click here for the full schedule.


3. Koi Fitness
There’s no need to impress, compete, or be utterly embarrassed by how out of shape you are at this camp thanks to its grouping of participants by skill level and fitness goals. Don’t know where you measure up? Not a problem; Fitness assessments happen on Day One. From there, expect to train in one of four places: Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse and Conservatory of Flowers, Claremont Canyon in the East Bay, or Baker Beach (followed by a yummy group brunch on Saturdays). Naturally, one of the main ideas behind Koi, founded by Stevan Krstic, is about getting to know your fellow campers while you all push eachother a little harder to meet those goals. Anti-social folks need not apply.

Price: Packages range from $80 to $270, based on location and the number of classes involved.
When and Where: Click here for the full schedule.

4. bodyFi
If you want the benefits of an ass-kicking boot camp but don’t have the time for those hour-long workouts, bodyFi is your answer. The gym, conveniently located in the FiDi, is toasting 2012 with a group of four- or six-week boot camps set up around quick, 30-minute sessions on either the pilates reformer or TRX suspension trainers. (We can attest to the awesomeness of the latter, revolving around a pair of nylon straps hanging from the ceiling that use your own body weight to create resistance). Choose from before-work early bird programs or after-work options and trust that owner John Nguyen and instructor Cassie Hecker will be there to show you the ropes — both literally and figuratively — with any new-to-you equipment.

Price: $100-$336, depending on the four-week or six-week program you choose.
When: Click here for the full schedule.
Where: 425 Washington Street, Suite 200 (between Battery and Sansome streets); 415-633-6173.

5. VyAyr Fitness’ Crissy Field Boot Camp
Hit the hay early so you can start your weekdays off right, watching the sunrise at Crissy Field with VyAyr Fitness’ women-only beachfront boot camp. Bring your own mats and weights as Kristi Dowler and her team coach you through back-to-basic training moves from squats and lunges to push-ups and sprints. Monday through Friday, every session is different to ensure that your whole body turns into a lean, mean (and totally efficient) resistance machine.

Price: Three-day packages are $200, four-day packages are $260, five-day packages are $300.
When: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., and 9 a.m.