?Never follow someone up a mountain if they have not already conquered it themselves," advises wellness instructor and RCBC Studio owner Silvia Castro. By that standard, she's well worth following when it comes to getting in shape. After shedding 160 pounds and keeping it off for seven years, Castro?also known as InStyle Silvia?is determined to help others achieve their own transformations.
RCBC's calendar is filled with boot-camp classes that not only incorporate cardio and resistance training but also nutritional guidance to help clients look and feel healthier. The studio also offers Real Ryder indoor-cycling classes as well as yoga, Pilates, and women's pole fitness.
The masters at Martial Arts Warriors Academy don't teach students from a single, unadaptable style. Instead, they combine useful elements from a range of styles, such as the flying kicks of tae kwon do, the graceful take-downs of aikido, and the savage strikes of muay thai. Age-appropriate seminars are held in the academy's spacious studio, which is equipped heavy bags and striking pads for safe practice and cardio workouts.
An elite group of trainers with high-level amateur and professional experience lead Bound Boxing Academy. They offer a range of class aimed at teaching kids, women, and men everything from proper footwork to how to properly wind up your fist before delivering a knockout blow.
With its Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, and Cardio Kickboxing classes, So-Cal Martial Arts Center gives its clients a choice of routes to one common destination: fitness. Most classes combine self-defense movements with a fast-paced, high-energy tempo, pushing sweat glands into overdrive as groups punch and kick their way to improved health. CrossFit classes, meanwhile, put participants to the test as they complete Workouts of the Day designed to build broad, functional fitness?exactly what superheroes have that's commonly referred to as their "super power."
Though he could boast years of fitness experience and certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in personal training, boxing instructor Chad Yarvitz wasn?t satisfied. He had trained and taught boxing extensively, but he?d never felt the sting of a sharp uppercut or heard the roar of the crowd during a professional match. Determined to gain first-hand, authentic experience, Chad put his coaching on hold to pursue a career as a professional boxer.
Today, Chad leads boxing classes at Xplicit Fitness, drawing on a background as a 2008 California Golden Glove champion with a 7-1 fight record. Joining him is a team of fitness professionals based in San Diego. They lead high-intensity classes beneath the emerald brick walls of a studio. Like stare-down contests between TV news anchors, most group fitness classes focus on a specific part of the body for 60 minutes. In addition to their signature fitness boxing classes, the trainers offer boot camps, personal training, and youth boxing and self-defense day-camps.