The Search for uforia’s Second Home

In February 2014 we began looking for a second home for uforia. It’s taken close to a year to find, design and build the perfect space in the perfect neighborhood, but we’re now just a month away from opening the doors to uforia studios Nob Hill!

We wanted to give you a behinds the scenes look at the process we’ve taken to find, design and now build our new studio. This week we’ll share with you our search process and how we ended up in Nob Hill.

The Research

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 9.29.28 AMWhen we started looking for the right place to build a second home for uforia studios, we began by looking at where our existing 6,000 clients lived. As expected, most live within a few miles of our studio in Palo Alto. However, there are also a lot of uforians scattered throughout the Bay Area, including over 350 clients who currently live in San Francisco. For the most part, these uforians commute to Palo Alto for work and find time to embrace the sweat with our Morning Warrior crew before work, during their lunch breaks, or in the evenings before heading back to the city.

The Search

We set out to find the perfect space in the perfect neighborhood to serve our existing San Francisco clients and many future members of the uforia family. We were lucky to find a great realtor, Chris Homs from Lockehouse Retail, who drove and walked us around our short list of neighborhoods for many hours over the course of several months. We had a laundry list of requirements – two-level stand-alone building, high ceilings, good visibility, a fitness conducive floor plan – that Chris judiciously screened for, but most importantly, we wanted to find a space with character and history, with great neighbors and landlords who cared, and the right overall vibe. When Chris presented us with 1561 California Street, we fell in love.

The Building

The newest uforia studios location is a standalone building in Nob Hill/Polk Gulch with around 4,500 sq ft spread over two levels. Built in the 1970s, it housed a small local market for many years. The building is set back about 25 feet from the sidewalk, which reduces visibility but creates a nice outdoor area – perfect for all of the social activities that you know we love in the uforia community! It needed some loving renovations, but it had good bones and, most importantly, is on a great stretch of California Street, between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The neighbors are awesome and there is a lot of local energy.  Knowing that we’d found the perfect space for our new location, we asked Chris to make an offer; a few months later the space was leased.

With a space leased and the clock ticking, we engaged a great San Francisco Architect to design our dream space. Come back next week for more details!

5 Tips to Kicking off 2015 Right!

As every year ends we look back and reflect. As we look into 2015, we want to start the year right and make the most of it. Here are some quick easy tips from all of us at uforia:

  1. Be Patient:

    Changes don’t happen overnight, so be patient and celebrate your wins. Maybe those push ups are easier in GRIT or you stayed out of the saddle longer in Rev, these are all successes, so give yourself a pat on the back…now, do it!

  2. Step away from the Scale:

    A scale doesn’t tell the full story and can sometimes hamper our ability to get up and moving when we are hoping for one number and see another.

  3. Eat Healthy:

    Even though we are stepping off of the scale, eating healthy plays such a big role in helping to fuel you for your day and for the fun classes that you take at uforia.

  4. Surround yourself with great support:

    As most of you know, at uforia is built around our amazing community! Seeing smiling faces and friends helps make it easier to come to class frequently.

  5. Have Fun:

    This is what we are all about and we are all about working out but not making it feel like work. Keep this in mind and smile when you sweat!

Best of 2014 Tracks

2014 TracksRelive some of your favorite moments of 2014 by listening to our hand picked tracks! Did we hit all of your favorites? Any that we missed? Thanks for sweating and smiling with us all year long!