If you need to get healthy, Marin has plenty of ways to do it. Here’s our reader’s favorite places for health and fitness.
Marin: Dr. Chappy Wood, D.C., Corte Madera
Hands-on techniques are just part of wellness, and Chappy, as he’s known, utilizes technology, exercise and nutrition to enhance wellbeing.
Marin: Rina Tinozzi, Corte Madera
Best Cross-Training Class
Marin: TJ’s Gym, Mill Valley & Corte Madera
Owned by a fitness professional and a licensed psychologist, this gym is a haven for those needing just the right physical or mental push to achieve fitness goals.
Bay Area: F45, multiple locations
Marin: Novato CrossFit
Bay Area: San Francisco CrossFit
Best Equipment Athletic-Wear Store
Marin: Athleta, Corte Madera
The well-designed, sporty athleisure clothes, workout gear and supportive sports bras have won many fans.
Bay Area: Sports Basement, Novato and San Francisco
Marin: T&B Sports, San Rafael
Bay Area: Lululemon
Best Fitness Class
Marin: The Dailey Method, Corte Madera
Affectionately known as TDM, classes combine Pilates, yoga, and ballet barre training for a workout that makes you sweat — and look — like you never have before.
Bay Area: Orange Theory, Greenbrae, Novato and Mill Valley
Marin: Get Fit Marin
Bay Area: Barry’s Bootcamp
Marin: Five Points Fitness, Corte Madera and Novato
Small but well-equipped, the gym also offers complimentary training sessions to help you optimize your workout.
Bay Area: Bay Club, multiple locations
Marin: The Club at Harbor Point
Bay Area: Fitness SF
Best Personal Trainer
Marin: Jake and JT Peterson, Studio Thirty, Mill Valley
Brothers who encourage each other to be better, safer athletes share their knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your cardio-strength goals while having a good time doing it.
Bay Area: Toby Wilson, Sonoma Fit, multiple locations
Marin: Sarah Hester, The Studio Pilates Marin, San Rafael
Christine Waldron, Mill Valley
Best Pilates Studio
Marin: Body Kinetics, Novato, San Rafael and, Mill Valley
Often at the top of “best of” lists, this family-run business believes in an integrative approach to fitness that includes wellbeing.
Bay Area: Mighty Pilates, Larkspur & San Francisco
Marin: Novato Pilates, Novato
Bay Area: Sanchez Street Studios, San Francisco
Best Spin Studio
Marin: Pelo Fitness, San Rafael
The comfy cycle seats are a marvel for regulars, and the instructors make sure your posture is aligned to prevent problems later
Bay Area: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Marin: CycleBar, Novato
Soul Cycle, Palo Alto, multiple locations
Best Yoga Studio
Marin: Metta Yoga, Corte Madera
This newcomer to the yoga scene gets voters’ love for their pandemicera virtual classes and true spirit of metta, or “loving kindness,” in-studio.
Bay Area: The Pad Studios, San Francisco
Bay Area: Love Story, San Francisco
Best Health & Wellness Coach
Marin: Susan Hauser, Corte Madera
The founder of NOW Power Yoga uses the healing power of this ancient movement practice to enable a clear mind as a tool to manifest the life you want.
Bay Area: Saskia Kleinert, Integrative Health and Nutrition, Emeryville
Marin: Thought Partners (formerly known as Marin Psychotherapy for Women), Kentfield
Bay Area: Clara Gray, Novato
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Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.