Fitness Comes To Bernal Heights - And The Dogs Are Loving It Too!

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Fitness Comes To Bernal Heights - And The Dogs Are Loving It Too!

A great new business recently opened in Bernal Heights and I had the chance to catch up with one of the proprietors of this new fitness center.  It's called "Fit BERNAL Fit." It's located at 701 Cortland and you won't believe how innovative a fitness center can be. It is truly groundbreaking.




I met Jeanne and Dean Eriksen at an open house not too long ago and we hit it off right away. I have to say I enjoy my open houses, meeting people, and connecting with the locals when I can. These guys are just delightful. I come to find out that they are the ones who started this new business on Cortland, a fitness center. Bernal Heights needed one for sure but there's an amazing twist to this place. No, there is no play room for kids...there's a play area for dogs. That's right you can work out and your pooch has a wonderful indoor and outdoor area to play and be safe while you work off those unwanted pounds.

Coyote Is Responsible For All Those Lost Pounds!

The idea came to Jeanne who was looking for a convenient fitness facility for herself and noticed that there wasn't one in Bernal Heights. She ventured into the nearby neighborhoods and wanted to take her dog, Coyote, with her. Problem was that none of the facilities allowed her to keep her dog near her as she worked out and she was fearful of leaving Coyote on a leash in the street. This made her very uncomfortable, not to mention what it did to Coyote.  MOMMY!!!

The Fit BERNAL Fit Fitness Center

Fit Bernal Fit Fitness Center


She was thinking this problem needed a solution. She was walking down Cortland with Dean late last year and came across a vacant storefront and casually said to Dean, "We should open a fitness center right here." After come reservations, Jeanne got Dean on board and the rest is history.

You can get a complete workout at the Fit Bernal Fit. I think the name might come from something like, "See Spot run. Run, Spot, run." "Fit Bernal Fit." You get the picture. It has great hours. It's innovative in that each member gets a coded key to the facility. This allows unlimited access and helps the proprietors keep costs down which helps make it more affordable to the locals. Prices are reasonable and the convenience is tremendous. Visit and let Jeanne know Frank sent you.

Their website has complete information:

Now lt's time to move those muscles!

Frank Castaldini - Leading San Francisco Realtor and Trusted Advisor!

Comments (8)

Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office - Nottingham, MD


It sounds like a doggone good idea.

Thanks for sharing.

Mar 19, 2010 05:41 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Frank - what a clever idea!   It looks like a great place to work out, also...

Mar 19, 2010 07:46 AM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

My doggie would love it. She's a real 'people person dog'. She loves to visit with people.

Mar 20, 2010 05:03 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Being a new dog owner, I think it is a fantastic idea! But I don't get why there isn't a place for little humans, too - maybe it's in an urban area where there aren't many kiddies?

Mar 22, 2010 03:08 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Coyote is a little cutie. Maybe I would work out somewhere like that if I was surrounded by little kitties.

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Mar 26, 2010 04:04 PM

Just loving this write-up! Frank, you are a talented writer and I am totally digging your point of view! Especially that comment with "mommy!" from Coyote. Ha ha!!

There actually is a place for the kids! Because the space is too small to have both pups and tots, fit BERNAL fit teamed up with a local daycare centre, so members can have their kids 'drop in' for two hour blocks of time. It's a great way to plug other businesses in the community together!



Mar 31, 2010 03:52 PM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I love it when someone comes up with a really good name like that!

Apr 02, 2010 01:58 PM
Frank Castaldini
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

It's a great name.  Like "Run, Spot, Run."

Apr 02, 2010 02:57 PM