We pride ourselves on our experience, training knowledge and personable style. You’ll find our no-hype approach to healthy living, fitness and performance a refreshing change from the hard-sell environment of the big gyms. Our staff are all professionals who have made health and fitness their careers, gaining experience with a wide range of people and goals: postural improvement, weight loss, Women’s health, Men’s health, all ages, injuries, high level sports performance, simply working out and more. Check us out and join our growing community!


Our Instructors

 

MELANIE HILARIO
Corporate Operations Manager

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Mel is an instructor and trainer with certifications from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), TRX, and Spinning. A reformed klutz who loves teaching fitness, Mel trains in the martial art wun hop kuen do (it was love at first kick), runs occasional trail races, engages in her worldwide mission of sharing the correct form for plank and push-ups, writes essays and fiction, and is currently working on a novel about women superheroes (when she can stay awake long enough). As a writer, she believes in the connection between a healthy body and healthy mind. As a trainer, she believes understanding your body gives you both a sense of power and a sense of peace.
*also a BFF trainer!

KRISTA KNUDSEN

Krista is comprehensively certified to teach Pilates through BASI and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and is also trained in pre- and post-natal Pilates. Krista studied theatre and dance at UC Berkeley and has worked in the fields of theatre arts and health education for over a decade. She believes that mind-body pursuits can transform people both mentally and physically. Her approach to fitness—and life—is to work hard, be kind and sweat regularly.

TIM WISNIEWSKI

Timothy has over 20 years of professional experience, with a Masters Degree in Health Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology / Physical Education. Tim is nationally certified by NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), by USAWL as a USA weight lifting club coach, and by TRX suspension training systems. He has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 18 years. Whether teaching large groups or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe, dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim infuses this approach with companies such as Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods, and Albany Aquatic Armada swim club. Set your goals, Tim will tailor an approach to reach them!

CLAIRE DONALDSON

Claire has been swimming competitively since age 7. She is a Certified Masters Coach and has coached the Oakland Manatee Masters for the past 15 years.  She is also an instructor at Mills College and has been actively involved with their Summer Youth Program since 1998.  She enjoys working with all ages whether it’s for fitness, competition or simply overcoming their fear of the water.

TERESA ELLIS

A Bay Area native with a contagious love of laughter and all things sparkly, Teresa came into fitness via her mother who worked out to Jane Fonda videos and took her to Jazzercise classes. Leading fitness classes and training private clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2008, Teresa comes with 20+ years of dance performance experience which brings an element of show biz to her training which is known to be filled with passion, playfulness and joy. She is The Bay Area’s favorite barre class instructor in addition to being a Dance It Out Group Fitness Instructor and TRX Suspension Training Instructor. Teresa is looking forward to inspiring you to be the change you wish to feel in your body.
*also a BFF trainer!