Fit For Life Bootcamp’s seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
Located in Brickhouse Cardio Club in Oceanside, Yoga at Brickhouse offers yoga classes seven days a week for all skill levels. The updated studio features curtains to softly filter light and provide more privacy as well as candlelight that soothes and relaxes. Though people come to Yoga at Brickhouse for soothing yoga or heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors pulse with 11 Zumba sessions every week, along with energetic Brickhouse Burn toning and sculpting classes and invigorating yoga sessions. The club also hosts Bokwa sessions, embracing the new workout system that finds students tracing the shapes of numbers and letters during dance-like sessions set to booty-shaking beats.
Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites recently opened in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios with the franchise’s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
At Way of Life Boot Camp, fitness is seen as a way to get both slimmer and mentally stronger. Drawing on his background in martial arts, founder Forrest Folen emphasizes focus, discipline, and attention to the mind-body connection in each workout. During classes, exercisers speed through circuit-style workouts to jump-start weight loss, and can later attend nutritional counseling sessions and receive dietician-approved meal plans. Boot-camp programs strive to build a sense of community among clients, who can meet monthly for 5K runs and earn colored wristbands—similar to martial-arts belts or Green Lantern power rings—that signify students' progress in their fitness journeys.
Megan Johnson McCullough has always led an athletic life. She played basketball on a full scholarship in college, and received a master’s degree in physical education and health science. Then she went on to become a personal training, with certifications in Aqua, Body Pump, cycle, yoga, and Zumba. At Every Body’s Fit, she personally trains between one to four people each session, and teaches classes such as boot camp, cycle, and a special Senior Fit classes for clients 50 years of age and older.
The expert trainers behind No Limits Personal Training push students of all fitness levels to their personal bests with intense personal training and boot camps. They customize nutrition plans and workout regimens to suit each guest's fitness goals during the private sessions. During boot camps, they harness the group's energy to motivate each student to complete challenging exercises designed to help burn fat.
At Dream Body Boot Camp, which was voted San Diego A-List's best boot camp of 2012, trainer Matthew Johnson and his staff of specialized trainers help patrons to quickly sculpt physiques into top form during indoor and outdoor workouts that pair cardio moves with strength-boosting exercises. Instead of painting muscle ripples onto participants’ abs, each of Johnson’s instructors draws from a kinesiology degree or a national personal-training certification when designing a new 60-minute workout each day. Before their first class, students meet with Johnson to get acquainted and set their fitness goals, such as looking good in a bikini or ripping through a T-shirt to reveal their swimsuit with one powerful body flex. In the course of 10 minutes, he asks clients what they’d like to achieve in class and how they’ve pursued their goals in the past.
Once the talking ends, the training begins, and the motivational instructors put patrons to work hefting dumbbells, straining against Trx suspension gear, and flipping giant tires end over end. Johnson and his trainers leave long runs out of their workouts, opting instead for tire hopping, jumping rope, and other dynamic exercises to elevate heart rates.