Post updated in January 2020 – Here is a list of French instructors based in San Francisco and in the Bay to work out and improve your French at the same time!

Fitness and Walking

Alexia offers a full range of group classes (Nordic Walking and Cross Training) and days dedicated to walking in the bay as well as special sessions. You can also organize a group session for a private group. If you want to test yourself, go every Thursday morning in the Golden Gate Park for nordic walking and every Saturday morning at Dolores Park for cross training. Learn more at

Héléne Nordic Walking classes address everybody in the East Bay area concerned to be in great shape. She offers a new and very healthy workout approved yet by a lot of different medical practitioners and hundreds of customers she trained in Belgium before moving in the US in 2018. It’s the only discipline that ensures you to mobilize 90% of your muscles without pain and make you happier as of the first session. Learn more at Héléne Le Guiniec.

Pilates (pronounced “Pi-la-tis” in English)
Pilates is probably the most popular activity in the bay after yoga … you’ll have choice

Dancer since age 6, dance teacher, Elsa was formed to Pilates in France in 2005 and her passion for the perfect movement has only increased with practice. Elsa offers classes in small groups on carpets, on reformers and on appliances. Registrations are done directly on its website Students can download the app to manage their courses.For more specific information or private lessons, you can contact Elsa on her site.

Véronique opened the Soulful Pilates Studio more than 10 years ago in the Cole Valley neighborhood near Haight Ashbury. You can take Pilates classes in all its forms, Reformer / Chair, Springboard / Props and Pilates barre. Véronique is also a teacher and offers classes for future mothers or those who have just given birth. All details here: Soulful Pilates Studio

In Belmont, a new address to try Pilates in French with Claire Maurel at On the Move Studio.  Claire earned a kinesiology degree in three years with a summa cum laude distinction from Notre Dame de Namur University. Her interest in gymnastics and research led to her participation in the gymSAFE study. Through gymSAFE, Claire met Dr. Alyssa Herrera-Set of On the Move where she discovered Pilates and fell in love with its fundamentals. Follow her on Instagram @claire.maurel and check her videos!


Alexandra focuses her activities around the child and motherhood. Teacher of yoga for adults as well as for children, of mindfulness and certified doula, she teaches in various studios of San Francisco. She also goes on site for private lessons and teaches in school. All the information on her website: Alexandra Rossi Yoga


Petits Pas is a studio like no other because it offers dance and yoga classes without age or sex criteria. Modern jazz lessons, ground bar, Summer camps for the little ones and yoga sessions, Virginie and her team help you find what suits you best during the year or the school holidays. All information at Petits Pas Studio – 564 Monterey Bd, San Francisco


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