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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

By Katie Sweeney

If getting into shape is on your 2019 to-do list, allow us to introduce you to the latest fitness craze, Rumble. The boutique boxing-inspired training studio, which started in New York two years ago and expanded to LA not long after, has quickly developed a cult following.

Everyone from Katie Holmes to Justin Bieber is a fan, and now, San Franciscans can jump on the boxing bandwagon. The new studio is open in the Financial District on the corner of Sansome and Pine.

How does the 50-minute class operate? Alvin Holden, the studio’s founding trainer, breaks it down like this: “There are two groups of 30 people each. It’s 10 rounds of work. You start on one side of the room on bags or benches. You get three rounds on the bags, three rounds over on the floor. You switch. Then you’ve got two rounds back on the bags and then two rounds back on the floor.” Half of the studio is filled with weight-training benches and dumbbells. On the other side of the room are 185-pound boxing bags. 

Since it alternates between weights and cardio, the high-intensity interval training workout burns fat, provides stress relief and shapes the body. It increases metabolism, muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness.  

If it sounds intense, that’s because it is — but Holden doesn’t want people to be intimidated. Before each class, the trainer breaks down the six punches. 

“With any group fitness, there’s some anxiety, especially if you’ve never done it before because you’re like, ‘I don’t know what the hell I’m getting myself into, this might be hard. There are other people, there might be judgment,’ but it’s dark in there,” he says. “The music is loud. Nobody is watching you. We take away all the excuses.” 

Modern Acupuncture

3214 Fillmore St.; 405 Corte Madera Town Center Dr.

Maintain a “new year, new you” glow at Modern Acupuncture’s recently opened SF and Marin locations. These centers set themselves apart by offering toxin-free cosmetic remedies that purport to improve the blood flow and collagen production in the skin as an alternative to chemical treatments. This, in addition to traditional 30-minute sessions that address mind and body ailments, promising improved mood, increased mobility, deeper sleep, less inflammation and sustainable energy levels. Patients receive all sessions in zero-gravity chairs while soaking in the spalike settings.
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Zimmermann

458-460 Jackson St.

Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann have opened their first boutique in San Francisco. If your look is flirty, feminine and fun, then Zimmermann just might become your new happy place. “When we finally found the space on Jackson Street, it just felt right,” Nicky says. “I have visited the city quite a lot over the years and love it.” Australian architect Don McQualter of Studio McQualter designed the bright, airy store, which formerly housed an art gallery. Fans of the brand can shop for floral-print ruffly dresses, playful silk rompers, billowy pastel blouses and chic, colorful swimsuits. Although the clothing isn’t ideal for SF’s chilly climates, it’s made for vacation. The location is stocked with Zimmermann’s entire ready-to-wear, swim and resort collections, so there are plenty of options. “A woman can come to us at any time of the year and find a great dress or a look for an event — something feminine and with unique detail,” Nicky enthuses. “Women are now traveling more than ever during winter, especially over the holidays or for short breaks to find some warmer weather. Across our collections, there are so many pieces for women to choose from when building out a vacation wardrobe.”

Trailblazer Tavern

350 Mission St.

From barbecue to brunch, there is no cuisine that Michael Mina can’t master. His latest venture brings Hawaiian food to SF. Mina has tapped husband-and-wife chef duo Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka to oversee the menu and daily operations. Located in the new Salesforce Tower, the 7,200-square-foot restaurant has soaring ceilings, a 24-seat bar, outdoor patio and private dining space. Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner, Trailblazer Tavern offers a wide variety of dishes, from sashimi and poke to dim sum and noodles to large meat dishes. Diners can enjoy ahi poke nachos, mochi-crusted fish, and peanut risotto with oxtail, corned beef and pork belly. Mixologist Brian Means crafted the tropical-inspired cocktails and curated the selection of Hawaiian beers and Japanese whiskey, while Rajat Parr, a longtime Mina collaborator, put together the boutique 100-bottle wine list. 

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