The instructors at Yoga Tropics believe that people of all ages and abilities can revel in yoga's benefits, which can include rehabilitating an injury, increasing flexibility and strength, and imparting a sense of inner peace. To push students toward these advantages, instructors lead six styles of yoga. They focus on hot-yoga classes—including the classic Bikram style yoga and Yoga Sculpt—which can help students oust toxins through sweat and sink deeper into stretches. During 60-minute ButiFitness classes, plyometrics exercises—including jumping, tribal dance, and yoga—are performed in 40-second repetitive bursts to help clients increase heart-rates. The instructors also fill out their own ranks with training courses that transform one-time pupils into certified yoga teachers.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.
The international team of certified instructors at the helm of Vida Pilates aren't just trained in the center's namesake fitness style. Many have also developed skills in barre fitness, physical therapy, soccer, ballet, and modern dance. At the studio, they call upon all this expertise while helping others achieve long, lean muscles in three levels of Pilates-reformer classes. Though the classes––which increase in difficulty––focus on different muscle groups, each one aims to increase muscle tone and flexibility in the core region.
But the staff doesn't limit its clients to reformer work. The Booty Barre program blends techniques from Pilates, yoga, and dance into sensual, whole-body workouts set to upbeat music. With no prior dance experience required, visitors perform strength- and flexibility-training exercises as well as isometric workouts with balls, rings, and other props. To help clients achieve weight-loss goals and improve overall energy, an onsite holistic nutritionist develops custom nutrition plans.
On the way into the cycling studio at Breakaway Cycle, students pass a wall covered in positive messages. Notes like "break your limits," "break new ground," "break a record," and "break free" all work to motivate cyclists as they take on their own personal challenges during one-hour classes. Energetic music and visual displays surround students as they spin on Schwinn AC Performance cycles. In addition to offering a smooth ride, the bikes display power, cadence, calories, and heart rate. Throughout workouts, patrons can hydrate with unlimited access to a purified water system and sop up sweat with fresh towels or unfolded maps of the Tour de France.
Students should bring: A bottle of water and a mat if possible
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Justin Fassio earned his personal-training certification during his time in the military, when his passion for exercise landed him the chance to lead a physical training program for an Air Force–operations group. Once his time in the force was up, he didn't leave his love of fitness back at base—he brought it home with him. Today, he leads outdoor fitness programs for all citizens.
Nutritionist Rachel Bowman has a background in Clinical and Holistic Nutrition, offering a wide acumen of current nutritional research. Her career now emphasizes weight management in all walks of life, ranging from digestive health to healthy eating while traveling. Her sports enthusiasm has also forged professional relationships with athletes and key athletic trainers.
The partnership of the two is ideal at San Diego Core Fitness, where staffers emphasize that fitness and nutrition always work hand-in-hand. The varied boot-camp workouts fuse fun and motivation with functional training techniques designed to help build up neglected core muscles and regain muscular balance. Personal-training sessions are supplemented with nutritional advice and lifestyle counseling, and keeps semiprivate training sessions small so that each participant can receive individual attention. During outdoor boot camps, groups make use of whatever the locations offer as equipment—depending on the scenery, they wade through deep beach sand, run up open-air stairs, and bench-press park benches.