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The best Bay Area gyms for working out before work

Love to work out before work, but struggling to find a great class without huge crowds? You don’t have to sacrifice your health and fitness to your job. Hoodline and ClassPass, the fitness subscription service, have teamed up to bring you this report on some of the top early-morning workouts from studios in and around San Francisco. 

With the help of ClassPass' data, we found the most popular workout sessions that begin before 8 a.m., so you can hit the gym before you start your day. Our report covers locations around the city, so you’re never far from a class, no matter where your job takes you.

Joining ClassPass gives you access to these and thousands of other studios, gyms and wellness offerings — including in other cities, if your work takes you outside of SF. 

SCULPT Full Body at BODYROK 

300 Pine St., FiDi and other locations

PHOTO: BODYROK FIDI/YELP

BODYROK’s signature SCULPT Full Body class blends Pilates, cardio and weight training to strengthen, tighten, and tone the body quickly and safely. 

“This 40-minute, music-inspired, full-body workout gets and keeps your heart rate up while targeting your upper body, lower body and core,” according to the studio's ClassPass page.

For your first visit, arrive 10 minutes early to check in and learn the equipment. You can bring water or purchase it at the studio — but be advised that cash is not accepted.

Across BODYROK’s city locations, SCULPT Full Body averages eight enrollees, but can accommodate up to 24 people a class, ensuring there's plenty of space for early risers.

Classes start at 6:50 and 7:40 a.m. on weekdays. These tend to be popular, so check the ClassPass page for availability and to enroll. You can see more on Instagram (bodyrokstudio), Twitter and Facebook.

Open Gym at Body Mechanix Fitness

3831 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland

Photo: BODY MECHANIX FITNESS/YELP

For something more free-form, take advantage of the Bay Area’s open gym offerings, like the early-morning sessions at Body Mechanix Fitness in Oakland.

As ClassPass notes, gymgoers can “Practice skills, work on personal goals and supplement your fitness program with the support of professional trainers and equipment in this freestyle class. Access your inner trainer to design your own workout, or tackle the weekly challenge engineered by our expert staff.”

Plan to fuel up an hour or more before working out, and stay well-hydrated throughout. Bring exercise attire and shoes. 

ClassPass users should take note of the venue’s instructions: “Please sign in at the self-service kiosk at the front desk using the same phone number or email address that you use for your ClassPass account. Don't create an account, as ClassPass automatically creates an account for you at our gym.”

Open Gym starts at 7 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Body Mechanix Fitness and runs to 11 a.m. No timeslot is usually more or less crowded than others, according to ClassPass data.

 Visit the ClassPass page to browse the schedule and sign up, and check out Instagram (bodymechanixoakland), Twitter and Facebook

Gym Time at Crunch Gym

2330 Polk St., Russian Hill and other locations

Photo: CRUNCH SAN FRANCISCO/YELP

This gym also features early-morning open hours, with a bonus: full-service locker rooms with Rituals bath & body products, showers, towels, hair dryers and lockers so you can freshen up before work. Bring your own lock!

The open gym lets you build your own workout, with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and machines. If you book a spot, Crunch Gym asks that you show up no later than 10 minutes after the start time.

Open gym hours start at 5 a.m. weekdays and run through 11 a.m. Good news, early risers: Timeslots before 7 a.m. tend to be less crowded.

You can book a spot on ClassPass. Check out more on Instagram (crunchgym) and Facebook


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