The Squad

Have you met some of X-CORE's most amazing women? We knew they were special the moment they walked through our doors. Genuine, thoughtful, and FUN...this ride or die crew has given so much to X-CORE through their passion for life and tight friendship. They've been a crew for over 6 years, but their roots go back to over 34 years!


How has X-CORE changed you?

Leah: I’ve dropped down 2 sizes since starting X-CORE over a year ago, I feel stronger and feel better than ever.

Jada: Such a supportive and motivating group...X-CORE has made me want to work out!

Cameron: I’ve lost 15 pounds & feel great! I’ve improved my overall health in a measurable way and continue to look forward to class. I always feel better after class & can bank on the day's stress melting away.

I think we all appreciate the encouragement & motivation we not only get from each other, but the positive X-CORE community. 


What’s that “thing" that keeps your friendship tight? 

Don't sweat the small stuff and we laugh a lot!


Where have you traveled together?

Mexico, Tahoe, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Bahamas, Spain, Morocco, LA, and Yuba River. One of our favorite things to do is travel around Oakland on our bikes.


What's your favorite day time hang out spot in Oakland? 

1888 coffee station AKA “the stoop” - you can catch us here every Saturday & Sunday after X-CORE.


What's your favorite night time hang out spot in Oakland?

Oeste, Somar, District and Shakewell.

After X-CORE it’s Whole Foods or Kinja.



Cameron: It gives me strength and happiness in 40 min, and I get to spend time with my girls.

Syd: It's a great 40 minute total body workout. Plus the community at X-CORE makes you want to show up and commit to changing your body. 

Leah: It challenges me and after a long day at work it takes away any stress I may have had... and I get to spend more time with my girls! 

Jada: It makes me feel strong...and it's the first workout I've been committed to this long - in years!


What's everyone's day job?

Leah: Marketing / Business Development for a construction company 

Syd: Model & Realtor at Keller Williams 

Cameron: Center Director of Head Start

Jada: Agency Director at Scout Model & Talent agency 

 Left to right: Cameron, Leah, Syd, Jada

Left to right: Cameron, Leah, Syd, Jada

Smadar and Mike

The love and support between these two is tangible. We love the silent push they give one another as they fight through every last 10 seconds of each move together. We appreciate their sense of humor and genuine vibes. Best of all, we've seen them grow stronger together since X-CORE's inception!


Who can plank longer?

Mike: Me -- I'm planking right now. I've been planking for days.

Smadar: Definitely Mike. Don't worry though, he hasn't been planking for days.


How has X-CORE shaken up your lifestyle?

S: We wake up early now to work out, which has been tough, but totally worth it. I think it's also been great for the two of us -- I'm a lot more willing to go out and do something active, even just a walk around the lake, which has been great since Mike loves getting out of the house.



How do you keep each other motivated to keep coming?

M: We used to work out separately and it always seemed to fizzle. Lagree became a new activity that we could share with one another. We encourage each other to hold that last plank a little longer, push ourselves a little further, and support each other when we are sore after our workouts.


What kind of changes have you seen in your bodies?

M: I feel way stronger. I noticed I have arm muscles, and three abs.

S: I feel way stronger. Mike is almost at four abs.


What’s your secret to a happy marriage?

S: Working together as a team, communication, compromise, and humor. Our 6th anniversary is on June 3!


What is your favorite spot in Oakland?

S: Temescal Brewing. They have delicious beers and an awesome outdoor space with lots of dogs for us to pet.


What is your advice for newbies?

M: Keep at it. This workout never gets easier but it's so fun! Don't cheat at Mermaid, they always know when you cheat at Mermaid.


What do you do for work?

M: Software Engineer at Twine

S: Transportation Engineer at W-Trans


Why we love Pia. 

Pia brings her A-game to every class; giving up is not in her vocabulary. We love the contagious energy and humor she brings into the studio on the daily. Pia has been a driving force in helping shape our Oakland community. We love you, Pia!


What's your day job? 

Marketing Manager for Clorox


Why do you love X-CORE?

I love the community vibe and all the trainers.It has changed my body in such a short amount of time!


How did you discover X-CORE? 

I live 2 blocks away and I just ran into it.


What makes your smile? 

LaCroix - passion fruit and mango!


What's your favorite move? 

Super lunge - I love getting really deep and I can really feel it in both my arms and legs. I feel strong.