We love this bad ass woman for crushing every single workout. Don't let her sweet nature fool you. Janet is a fierce warrior and will take whatever challenge we throw at her...super platform twister on her pinky...check! We admire her tenacity and resilience, and we always look forward to her smile when she walks through our doors.


I love X-CORE because of the love they give to their community, their brilliant instructors, and because of the way they challenge me through each and every butt-kicking work out. I’ve honestly never felt stronger and I genuinely look forward to each session with them, because I know that I am doing something really positive for my health and happiness.

What’s your day job?

I get to support amazing middle school students as a school social worker for Oakland Unified School District.

Favorite restaurant / bar in Oakland?

Ohhh....that’s a tough one. I would have to say Vientian Cafe for one of my favorite restaurants, and Double Standard for favorite bar.

Favorite quote

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Holiday plans?

I’ll be holiday market hopping and eating my way through New York :)

What do you like to do for fun?

I personally love going to shows/concerts whenever I can, and Kenny (my partner) and I both enjoy checking out new restaurants, going to comedy shows, and spending time with good company and our dog, Smalls.

Favorite holiday treat you look forward to?

I really enjoy drinking a hot toddy during the holidays and love making it for my friends.

Favorite X-CORE move? Least favorite?

My favorite X-CORE move would have to be standing inner thighs (because I feel that move the most the next day), and my least favorite move is hands down, hamstring curl! One day I will be able to do that move without crying. 


Craig has been an inspiration to our studio and instructors. He inspires X-CORE to challenge him and provides constant encouragement to newbies around him! We appreciate Craig for his thoughtfulness and perseverance to master and hold every move. We promise to do our best to find moves that will keep him challenged. Thank you, Craig, for being part of our X-CORE family!

Why do you love X-CORE?

There’s a lot to love.  First, I’d say the instructors.  I love their passion, energy, and positivity.  They are all wonderful.  Second, I love the variety of exercises you can do on the megaformer.  Third, I love that you can continually challenge yourself daily in the classes.  Even after a year of coming to classes regularly, I can walk out exhausted after every class.

How has X-CORE changed you?

It has put me back in touch with my body.  I used to exercise a lot when I was younger and loved it, but when children came along it became harder and harder to find the time and the energy.  It also allows me to unwind after a long day of work.

As a Father, what is the best advice you've given to your kids? 

Whatever you do, do your best.

Favorite place to eat in Oakland? 

Nido (by Jack London Square).

How long have you lived in Oakland?

Total of 26 years – 4 years as a child, 1 year as a young adult, and 21 years since we bought our house in 2007.

Why do you love Oakland?

I love the diversity.  Weather is great too.

Favorite quote?

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."  - Aesop

Who inspires you?

People who are passionate about things they do – could be sports, work, politics, anything.

What X-CORE move do you love to hate?

I have a few, but if I have to pick one I’d say Giant Reverse Cobra at the very end of class – preferably after Mountain Climbers so the heart rate is up.

What’s your day job?

President of Rockridge Geotechnical, a geotechnical engineering consulting firm I started in 2006.

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.