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Looking to get fit? These 3 new Oakland workout studios have you covered

Looking to get fit? These 3 new Oakland workout studios have you covered
Photo: Sangha Yoga/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on July 18, 2019.

If you're in the mood to get moving, you're in luck: We've found the three freshest fitness studios to open their doors in Oakland. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're looking to shake up your workout routine.

Catch MMA

2819 MacArthur Blvd., Dimond

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Catch MMA is a kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio. According to its Facebook page, it offers "no-gi jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling, mixed martial arts and self-defense training for kids and adults."

In addition to classes six days a week, the gym also offers personal training for both recreational and competitive athletes.

Catch is off to a promising start, with five stars out of three reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Brandon M., who reviewed it on July 9, wrote, "With a very small background in wrestling, I felt like it'd be hard to jump into a new class: no-gi jiu-jitsu. I took the leap of faith, and Zach was a phenomenal coach. Working with a close-knit group really enhanced the instruction and training."

Efrat R. noted, "My son started going here a month ago and loved it. He has been learning new moves every class. The teachers are super friendly. I highly recommend."

Catch MMA is open from 5–7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)

BodyRok Oakland

3303 Lakeshore Ave.

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BodyRok Oakland is a Pilates studio that uses exclusive "BodyRok reformer" machines engineered to "define and sculpt your body," according to the business' website. It offers a 40-minute class, guided by trainers. 

Though this is its first Oakland location, the franchise has locations throughout California (including five in San Francisco and one in Berkeley), as well as in New York, Illinois and Montana. 

BodyRok Oakland has a current Yelp rating of 3.5 stars out of three reviews.

Yelper Laura G., who reviewed the newcomer on June 19, wrote, "The Oakland studio is absolutely stunning. Although a bit smaller than the Berkeley location, the high ceilings and beautiful natural light give it a very open and spacious vibe. I personally also like having only one row of reformers, because then every individual has a mirror directly in front of them."

Jennay G. noted, "As a relative beginner, I appreciated that the class was truly all-levels, while my more experienced classmates were able to challenge themselves with different upleveling options that the instructor presented."

BodyRok Oakland is open from 6–11 a.m. and 4:30–7 p.m. on Monday, 6–10:30 a.m. and 4:30–7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 6 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4:30–7 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4:30–6:15 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 a.m.–noon on Saturday and 8:30 a.m.–noon on Sunday.

Sangha Yoga

100 Grand Ave., Suite 109, Waverly

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The newly opened Sangha Yoga provides daily yoga classes such as vinyasa flow, cardio sculpt (interval training) and yin flow (restorative), with teachers who specialize in each discipline. Check out the full class schedule here.

With a five-star Yelp rating out of six reviews, Sangha Yoga has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Rory M., who visited the new addition on June 21, wrote, "Beautiful new yoga studio a few blocks from Lake Merritt. The space has a clean and grounded energy and Gio is a fun, knowledgeable and supportive instructor."

Lauren W. noted, "Last week, I walked into this space feeling uninspired, unmotivated and unhappy. I left feeling energized, grateful and centered. Thank you, Giovanna, for leading a beautiful yin/restorative class and filling the room with love and support!"


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