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Some people fret about the perfect outfit and the perfect dinner and the perfect everything for Valentine's Day, and are sorely disappointed when the day itself fails to live up to their expectations. Luckily, there are some creative alternatives to dinner for active couples in the Bay Area. If you believe that the couple who works out, works out, then check out these local spots where you can sweat with your sweetie on February 14.
1. SoulCycle. The Soulsters are pretty savvy when it comes to holiday workout themes, and Valentine's Day is no exception. On Friday, Soul Francisco is celebrating SOULmates with a SOUL kiss cam, so riders can take pictures with their dates/mates/besties before and after class. Granted, the post-class photo may not become your new profile pic, but it's a cute idea nonetheless. Though the camera will be there all day, there will be two theme classes on Friday in San Francisco: A 4:30 pm Heartbreak Hotel ride and a 5:30 pm Valentine's Day ride. $30 for a 45-minute class. 2095 Union Street in San Francisco.
2. House of Air. If you haven't already been to this trampoline park in the Presidio, what are you waiting for? Between the open bounce area and the trampoline dodgeball coliseum, this place is steeped in happiness. This is also a great group outing for Valentine's Day because, hello, trampoline costumes! $16 for a one-hour jumping session. 926 Old Mason Street in San Francisco.
3. CorePower Yoga. For the yogis out there, CorePower Yoga in Berkeley will set the mood for your romantic practice with a 6:45pm candle-lit heated power yoga session on Friday. Sweat, balance, warm flickering light. What more could Cupid bring you? $20 for a one-hour class. 811 University Ave #202 in Berkeley.
4. Asta Yoga. If you prefer your yoga practice in the Mission, try a class at AstaYoga. (Vogue's Sally Singer loves this studio.) Whether you practice regularly, or you're new to yoga, you can join the all-levels Rocket Vinyasa class at 6:15 pm. And, since you'll be in the Mission, there are plenty of hip spots nearby if you want to grab a bite or a drink after class. $18 for a 75-minute class. 417 14th Street in San Francisco.
5. Touchstone Climbing. Climb to new heights as a couple at this chain of rock-climbing gyms. Risk averse pairs can stick with standard harness rigs at the Mission Cliffs location on Harrison Street, while daredevils can try rope-free climbing at Dogpatch Boulders on 3rd Street. $20 for a day pass. San Francisco locations in the Mission and the Dogpatch. Additional Bay Area locations in Berkeley, Oakland, and Concord.
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