8 Spots Where You Can Train Like an Angel in San Francisco
In New York, you might run into a Victoria's Secret Angel at Dogpound, Ballet Beautiful, ModelFIT, or Gotham Gym. In San Francisco, you're less likely to spot a supermodel in the wild, but you can find local versions of the workouts that get the world's most in-demand models runway ready. Want to train like an Angel? Here are eight studios where you can make that happen without leaving the city.
Victoria's Secret posted multiple ballet videos to its social accounts leading up this year's show, so you know barre is a big part of the Angel workout repertoire. If you can't make it to a Ballet Beautiful class in New York, Los Angeles, or online, try Pop Physique. The brand recommends taking 3-4 classes a week for "long, lean muscles, flat abs, and a tight bum," and says you will see results in six weeks or less.
Try it locally at Pop Physique's Mission and Russian Hill locations.
I have a theory that models are not selected for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show unless they box. Yes, boxing tones your arms and it's more interesting that bicep curls in front of a mirror, but there are a ridiculous number of models sharing videos of mitt-work on the 'gram. Good news: if you start boxing right away, you, too, can post videos of your mad speed skills. The Bay Area has a number of boxing gyms, but HitFit is a personal favorite. They offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced boxing classes, as well as intense TRX circuit training classes, and one-on-one training.
Try it locally at HitFit's Mission and Nob Hill gyms.
While SoulCycle sessions aren't on the models' #TrainLikeanAngel feed this year, there have been more than a few mega-models who've clipped in to find their souls over the last decade. As far as buzzy workouts go, the combination of sweat and mantra-driven motivation ensures that Soul has staying power.
Try it locally at one (or all) of the nine Bay Area locations: Marin, Union Street, SoMa, Castro, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, San Mateo, Berkeley, or Walnut Creek.
Fantasy bra model Lais Ribeiro got her fitness on at 305 Fitness, a studio offering a rave-meets-workout vibe. Currently, 305 has locations in NYC, DC, and Boston, but you can get your choreographed dance fix in San Francisco at Dogpatch Dance and Yoga. Dogpatch has a variety of dance programming each week, including Bollywood Choreography, Tap That: Pop/Hip Hop Tap Dance, Burlesque Bump and Grind, and Ratchet Ballet. This is a dance studio with attitude... and an unparalleled gift for clickable class names.
Try it locally at both the Dogpatch and Oakland locations.
High Intensity Interval Training
If you've stalked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show prep videos on social media, you know these women are all about their HIIT workouts. Longtime Angel-in-Chief Adriana Lima is famous for her two-a-days, and frequently hits up Barry's Bootcamp to get her cardio fix. Why Barry's? The company brags that its weights-and-treadmill-workouts are the best in the world, and can torch up to 1,000 calories in an hour.
Try it locally at one of the three Barry's locations in San Francisco: SoMa, FiDi, or Marina.
For a model-on-the-go, Suspension Training makes sense. With one set of straps—which easily fit in a suitcase—you get a fully-customizable, full-body workout. Your standard TRX class at your gym may be challenging, but lingerie and swim models take TRX to the extreme. (Eleven-time Victoria's Secret Fashion Show model Izabel Goulart, for example, brings new meaning to TRX Beast Mode on her Instagram.) Ready to tap into next-level Suspension Training? Lucky for you, TRX headquarters (and the brand's only training center) is located right here in SF. Advanced-level athletes, try the TRX Strong or TRX Sweat classes.
Try it locally at the TRX Training Center, 1660 Pacific Avenue in Russian Hill.
Stella Maxwell's pre-show routine included regular sessions with yogalebrity Beth Cooke from NYC's Y7 studios. Cooke gained a following for her hot yoga-meets-hip-hop classes, but you can get a similar vibes-plus-beats combo at San Francisco's Ritual Hot Yoga. The high-end studio provides everything you need for class—mats, blocks, and towels—and is famous for its fast-paced, sweaty flows to pop and hip-hop music.
Try it locally at the SoMa and FiDi studios.