The group dynamic of a boot camp fitness class can help keep classmates motivated. S&J Fitness and Kickboxing takes this concept a step further with its playdate fitness: parents can bring their kids with them to fitness class and drop them off for supervised active play at the company's outdoor jungle gym. Afterwards, the adults can join their own fitness class led by an expert instructor. It's a great way for adults and kids to appreciate fitness, and it's just one of many class offerings at S&J Fitness and Kickboxing. The non-military style boot camp combines the rapid strength-building of boot camps with the techniques and skills of kickboxing. Instructors can also help volleyball athletes and aspiring kangaroo impersonators with vertical jump training.
Alan Predolin, chief instructor of 360 Krav Maga, doesn't pull any punches, unless he's clipping knees, poking throats, and disabling solar plexuses. Already trained in the martial arts by the age of 7, Alan first got a thirst for reality-based, applicable combat techniques when he was a teenage member of the Guardian Angels. While most kids his age were fighting pimples, Alan was fighting gang members and drug dealers in Hell's Kitchen and the South Bronx. When he was 21, the Italian Army sent Alan to Israel, where he discovered the self-defense art of krav maga and spent his years mastering and sharing its effective techniques.
Years later, Alan has become the guy that local and federal law-enforcement and military units flock to for teaching their recruits the art of quick self-defense. At the 360 Krav Magna schools—the only schools in Tustin, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County to be certified by Krav Maga Global of Israel—Alan's team of certified instructors instill students with the smarts to disarm and disable any viable threat at instinct speed. For those looking for a muscle-sculpting, fat-burning workouts with less eye-poking, 360 Krav Magna's instructors also specialize in intensive kickboxing classes that merge fitness and combat training.
At No Limits Sports and Fitness Academy, Alisha Lopez, facility owner and trainer, works with a hand-picked staff to give clients exactly the kind of training they want. Inside a 15,700-square-foot space, she works with clients one-on-one, while other trainers lead group boot camps, teach yoga, and run sports drills. In addition to being a trainer, Lopez holds a Life Coach certification, which enables her to help clients lead happier lives, which in turn empowers them to stop living vicariously through The Game of Life.
Making the decision to eat healthier and exercise more won't just help you look better, it can also save your life. House of Fundamentals founder, Dino Mosley, is a perfect example—overweight as a child, he quickly changed his eating habits and began exercising after he learned he was at risk for coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Encouraged by the results, he went on to become an athlete, and eventually and studied nutritional counseling and strength and conditioning in college.
Today, at House of Fundamentals, Dino is helping others turn their lives around. He instills his simple motto, "train hard, eat healthy", through interactive programs, including 60-minute functional training workouts that blast calories and tone muscles. He also offers one-on-one training sessions that address client's individual goals, whether they want to lose weight, boost agility, or work more leafy greens into their diet or amateur magic acts.
Core Fusion Fitness models its facility after a day spa, from its chic aesthetic to its mix of private and shared spaces. Instead of manicure stations and private treatment rooms, however, there’s a room with Pilates machines, a space for stationary bikes, an open gym area with punching bags and a boxing ring, and a spacious studio with high ceilings to facilitate dumbbell juggling. Busying themselves in these areas are the facility’s fitness instructors, who schedule a multitude of group classes. They lead traditional yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and cycling along with more fight-focused sessions, such as kickboxing and muay thai.
At Live In Fit, Alycia Sumlin-Lyrse and her team of certified trainers take a benevolent approach to fitness classes. The team uses spirituality and integrity as motivating forces to achieve physical health and believe that being good examples of fitness themselves is the best way to get their students motivated to change their lives. Accordingly, their boot camps and circuit-training classes eschew the harsh yelling and humiliating diary reading of typical routines for positive reinforcement and friendly encouragement. The fitness gurus will even travel to places of business and customize workout programs for employees to help banish sick days and boost productivity.