Joe Decker isn?t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet?s fittest human, at least according to Guinness World Records. He earned the title of World?s Fittest Man in 2000 after mastering a 24-hour challenge comprising a 100-mile bike ride, a 10-mile run, 1,100 pushups, and other exhausting feats. Today, his boot camp program, Gut Check Fitness, helps exercisers tackle goals that are just as lofty with outdoor workouts that have won accolades from TrailRunner magazine and the attention of Coca-Cola's fitness programs.
Each ever-changing workout leads participants into the great outdoors, where they discover the true meaning of ?gut check,? a military term used to denote a test of courage, character, or determination. With the help of several talented trainers, Joe propels athletes through a gauntlet of fitness drills that torches dozens of calories and fortifies muscles throughout the body. The classes? main piece of equipment is the earth, which provides hills for climbing, gravity for resistance, and solid ground for sprints and bodyweight exercises. In addition to basking in the trainers? shouts of encouragement, the group cheers one another toward each milestone, fostering friendships while creating an ongoing incentive to achieve.
The 18-hole Reidy Creek Golf Course covers 2,582 yards in the rugged hills of Escondido, supplying guests with a scenic backdrop for club-based revelry. The rolling terrain of the par 54 course—intertwined with manmade obstacles such as sculpted bunkers, sinuous lakes, and wind—challenges golfers as they attempt holes-in-one. The distinctive course, designed by the notable engineers at Cal Olson Golf Architecture not to contain any two identical holes, contains a golf shop, café, and golf clinics taught by PGA professionals. ______________ Operating out of five courses throughout the greater San Diego area, JC Golf's Intro2Golf program fosters pin-hunting prowess with a shrewd blend of hands-on instruction, individual practice, and on-course experience designed to introduce the basics of golf to beginners. During the pressure-free sessions, JC Golf equips pupils with all the necessary equipment, saving neophytes the hassle of rustling up their own sets of clubs or graphite shaft bananas. Three additional buckets of range balls grant golfers the spherical tools necessary to implant newly learned concepts into muscle memory. The package also allows clubbers to loop the links at their chosen course twice after 4 p.m. for an additional $10 per round, allowing them to test their mettle amid the brambly hazards and sand-trap curmudgeons found on every real course.
For Rachel Robertson, five is a magic number. It's the number of movements that the spine is capable of—flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, and neutral—and it's the maximum number of students she'll allow in one of her classes (which are 55 minutes long). Because the classes are kept small, her guidance is precise and personalized. She makes small modifications to each student's form as they segue from one exercise to the next, helping them not only to perfect their technique, but to become increasingly aware of the way their body functions.
Rachel's lessons incorporate mats as well as Stott Pilates equipment, from Reformers to stability chairs. Though all of her routines help to build core strength, balance, and flexibility, she tailors them to address the needs of each client, whether they're an athlete hoping to hone performance or someone looking to lose weight. Rehabilitative and specialty classes even focus on conditions such as scoliosis or pelvic-floor problems. Alongside her fellow instructor and former student Shyra, Rachel coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels to higher levels of wellness.
At Facelogic, skin specialists incorporate a wide range of solutions and techniques to beautify skin during clinical-grade facial treatments. Miniscule currents of electricity stimulate facial muscles during noninvasive microcurrent treatments, which tighten skin and boost its production of collagen and elastin. Skin-resurfacing treatments may also be performed with Facelogic's DermaSweep machine, which specializes in flexibility, precision, and control, delivering results for a variety of skin types, while also reducing scars and keeping skin youthful. A mask with beads of encapsulated oxygen helps rejuvenate faces during the oxygen facial, a treatment more effective than blowing on your own face with a crazy straw. Organic enzymes soften and smooth the face during the skin-renewal facial. Facials like these?along with skin-resurfacing, chemical peels, and an array of products from makers such as Peter Thomas Roth?alleviate skin ailments from acne to wrinkles. They also helped net the studio a mention on Fox 8's list of the best facials in town; more information is available here.
Doctor of Chiropractic Michelle Binkowski is passionate about healing people, believing body work is essential to attaining ultimate health. Her staff includes massage therapists that use a variety of techniques to relieve muscle tension, melt away stress, and improve circulation. The staff also performs customized treatments to heal rotator cuffs, golfer's elbows, and knees, or to improve a client's overall mind, body, and spirit. For other ailments, Dr. Binkowski utilizes cutting-edge techniques and modalities, such as laser technology, alongside nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic care to ease pain.
Trained in sports medicine, Dr. Binkowski has worked with professional athletes, including World's Strongest Man competitors, former San Diego Chargers, members of the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Blue Jays, triathletes, gymnasts, and LPGA golfers. Her list of clients also includes actors, actresses, and stuntman, such as Jackie Chan.
Balanced Body Therapeutic Massage's licensed therapists work to ease pain and balance out-of-whack bodies with holistic therapies including bodywork and stress management. The massage therapists call upon a wide range of techniques to tailor each session to the specific needs of their client. Their signature integrative massage may include any combination of modalities, such as circulatory massage, which works to improve blood flow to sore muscles, stretching exercises to reduce stiffness, and trigger-point therapy to unwind knots. They also perform reflexology, hot-stone massage, and cellulite massage, which can break up fluids and fat deposits in problem areas. The staff of licensed and certified technicians also includes a holistic-health practitioner along with a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. The neuro-linguistic experts can complement sessions with empowering suggestions to overcome fears and kick bad habits, such as smoking or getting on the train instead of inside it.