Burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts of Fit in 60 can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be. Fit in 60's founder discovered firsthand how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement.
Jake and Natalie Dent both stand as proof that Pilates can augment even the toughest fitness regimens. Natalie discovered the technique while training for CrossFit competitions, finding that its series of core-strengthening stretches led to increased body awareness and balance during her more laborious routines. Jake, another CrossFit athlete, recognized the core-strengthening benefits of Pilates after becoming an ISSA-certified personal trainer and a member of the Marine Corps.
Today, the couple celebrates the exercise form during small classes at their own studio. Their fitness-oriented lifestyles enable them to modify workouts for all types of students, from athletes hoping to improve their performance to prop comics wishing to regain mobility after a banana peel-related injury. They, whether on a mat or a Reformer machine, always emphasize solid form over speed, and demonstrate how the body and mind are linked when it comes to wellness—a holistic approach espoused by the form’s creator, Joseph Pilates.
Carlsbad Wellness and Yoga's instructors instill stretching skills in beginner and higher-level courses, and licensed massage therapist Caylon relaxes backs through one-hour massages. Within a spacious studio, students bend limbs smoothly in daily classes that emphasize proper alignment, such as Yoga Foundation, Power & Flow, Hatha yoga, and mat Pilates. Beginner classes teach neophytes basic forms, and advanced levels incorporate inversions, modifications, and moves only possible after twisting one's body inside out. Alternatively, deft fingers help disperse back-bound tension in a soothing massage, which dissolves stressful memories of the workplace or last weekend's reality-show marathon.
Set in a converted Craftsman house in Carlsbad Village, Yoga Bound is a boutique yoga studio that strives to create a homelike atmosphere. In this welcoming studio with polished wood floors and a pro-sweat vibe, certified yoga instructors lead Vinyasa yoga and yoga therapy classes, balancing body and breath during posture-improving movements. Yoga Bound also features a rotating schedule of special events and guest instructor workshops ranging from community guided meditation to cooking workshops.
At Source CrossFit, visitors won't find rows of shiny flat-screen TVs or fleets of treadmills, but a tight-knit team of athletes hoisting barbells, leaping on boxes, lunging, and swinging kettlebells. Through its system of high-intensity, ever-changing Workouts of the Day (or WODs), CrossFit keeps muscles strong and minds engaged with a regimen of plyometrics, cardio, and weightlifting tailored to each trainee, no matter their fitness level, age, or body type. Knowledgeable coaches with a passion for exercise motivate their students through gymnastic and strength-training workouts, pushing each participant to reach personal goals and get into shape.
Melt Method San Diego aims to restore bodies to balance with a soothing regimen of self-massage and stretching techniques. Unlike other styles of exercise that use bulky machines, Melt enlists foam rollers and small balls to manipulate connective tissue in pursuit of the four Rs: reconnect, rebalance, rehydrate, and release. Together, the quartet moves clients through self-assessment, encouraging body-awareness, paired with movements aimed at ameliorating pain, reducing pressure on the autonomic nervous system, and rehydrating muscle tissue to keep joints moving smoothly. The final step, release, teaches practitioners how to ease tension from the neck and lower back.
When practiced in a group or private class, the self-treatment can boost flexibility and mobility, increase strength, and improve posture. It can even help improve the results of traditional workouts, such as running or baking a pie while hanging upside down and make for better sleep and digestion.