Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.
If practice makes perfect, then South Bay Refinery helps aspiring athletes of all ages perfect their baseball and softball skills by providing all the space, equipment, and professional guidance they could ask for. The 25,000-square-foot indoor facility features eight regulation-size pitching mounds, two softball pitching mats, nine full-sized baseball batting cages, four full-sized softball batting cages, six Iron Mike pitching machines, and four Jugs softball-pitching machines in addition to a separate practice infield area. With a staff of instructors that includes former and current professional players as well as experienced coaches, South Bay Refinery offers lessons intended to provide mental and physical training while reinforcing fundamentals. Specialized camps are also available on a regular basis, covering the basics of everything from batting and fielding to pitching and bobblehead modeling. The facility even features a separate cross-training fitness area, which hosts classes designed to improve athletes' strength, endurance, agility, flexibility, and proprioception over time.
Inside a 5,000-square-foot CrossFit space, the trainers of Torrance Fit Lab lead clients through intense workouts customized to suit each exerciser's fitness level. The facility includes powerlifting and Barbell Club areas, as well as a gym-visible kids' area where tykes can curl their chapter books while parents work out.
There are no typical workouts at CrossFit 1440, one of the oldest CrossFit gyms in Lomita. Each day, trainers change up exercises to keep clients' minds engaged and prevent muscles from plateauing. The highly varied functional movements may incorporate equipment from kettlebells and jump boxes to ropes, weighted sleds, and tractor tires. Participants of all ages, shapes, and sizes are welcome at the classes, whose small size makes it easy for instructors to offer individual attention. They adapt exercises to each student's skill level, whether they're a star athlete or someone just getting on the road to fitness.
Inside FTF Training Center, you won't find rows of stationary bikes or new-fangled weight machines that spit out tickets for the prize counter. What you will find, though, are pull-up bars, kettlebells, barbells, and turf–all equipment that encourage functional exercise, and moving your body the way it was designed to be moved. Inside, you'll also find trainers who have been, or currently are, professional athletes. During FTF's classes, these individuals motivate clients to not only strive toward their goals, but to exceed them. It's all part of a mentality that hides right in the facility's name: FTF, or Fight to Finish.
Alliance Training Center's classes make students stronger in more ways than one. Instructors not only help clients reach peak fitness through CrossFit, but also arm students with the world-renowned self-defense techniques of Krav Maga. Both these activities qualify as "functional." For instance, CrossFit athletes focus on becoming experts at the kinds of movements that come naturally, as opposed to putting stress on their bodies with forced motions. For its part, Krav Maga teaches combat techniques that deal with real-world scenarios, including handling assailants who have knives or guns.
The trainers offer a few other equally practical programs to spice up the week so students don't have to turn to baffling Danish game shows for stimulation. Kettlebell courses provide a nice alternative to CrossFit's Olympic-style weight lifting. And Brazilian jiu-jitsu builds on Krav Maga's repertoire of strikes with potent grapples capable of taking larger opponents to the ground or locking up their limbs.