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.
Founder Linda Taix has one mission: to help clients achieve the ultimate positive change in body, health, and spirit––without half- hearted crunches. Employing a team of certified personal trainers and former military personnel, Linda's civilian-style fitness boot camp was featured on Good Morning America. Linda modeled her six-week boot-camp sessions after a real military boot camp, with an enlistment phase to gauge fitness levels and one- hour classes that blend military exercise drills, resistance training, and plyometrics with cardio activities such as obstacle courses and double-dutch jump-rope contests against local youths.
Cutting out traditional boot-camp yelling and huffing, the team fosters a supportive and motivating environment for students of all skill levels. Furthermore, Extreme employs nutritionist and fourth-degree black belt Jake Nelson to guide clients with diet advice and personal consultations on how best to break a board with a honey-glazed ham.
The enthusiastic instructors at Wired Fitness, which has been in business for 11 years and earned an award for San Diego’s Best Outdoor Fitness Workout from CW 6’s San Diego Living, lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels in high-intensity workout routines held amid the balmy breezes and open air of multiple outdoor settings. The instructors set up obstacles course fraught with rings, cones, and poles, building off Mother Nature's steep hills and varying terrain at locales such as the lush green Carmel Valley or the sunlight-painted Mission Bay. During the one-hour classes, students sweat through always-changing interval workouts that blend plyometrics, partner drills, and obstacle courses to sculpt the entire body. Instructors lend their personal attention to each student, modifying the exercises to increase or decrease the difficulty level as needed.
Among the sprawling grass fields of Rohr Park people jump rope, wrap trees with resistance bands and pull, do pushups, hop over prone partners, and play toss back with a heavy ball. This scenario unfolds during each of Marlon Matanza Licup's one-hour boot camps, which the certified trainer holds mornings and evenings Monday–Friday. His goal is to help people not only lose weight, but also prevent medical problems so they can be healthy and well for the ones who care about them. With his extensive knowledge in fitness, he can customize programs that help clients build endurance and improve strength and agility without resorting to stealing and wearing Samson's hairpiece. For those who require personal attention to reach their goals, Marlon also offers private one-on-one training.
Fit Body Boot Camp's seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor sessions 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 session 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.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.