There are no typical workouts at CrossFit 1440, the oldest CrossFit gym 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.
Joe Chalakee came across kettlebells when trying to find ways to improve his performance in Brazilian jujitsu. He was impressed by how the exercises enhanced cardio, strength and endurance. Today, Joe along his team of certified trainer offers classes at Kettlebells South Bay to help students enhance their own strength and flexibility with kettlebells, sandbags, a specially designed duffle bag with handles. With additional training in TRX suspension, a gravity-fueled workout pioneered by Navy SEALS, and battling ropes, thick nylon ropes that tone upper bodies when shaken in intervals, they help clients zoom toward fitness goals with the speed of a cheetah on roller skates.
At South Bay Boot Camp, owner Armando Gutierrez and his staff lead heart-pumping sweat sessions designed to burn fat and strengthen muscles. Exercisers meet up nearly every day of the week for an hour of cardio, strength, and core circuit training that can include anything from squat thrusts and pushups to sprints and thumb wrestling. Armando and crew also supplement workouts with nutritional plans to help clients keep weight-loss plans on track.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists may burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the one-month trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Burgess Meredith (all three subject to availability).
Ryan Brendel knows it's easier to get fit when you're connecting with others. To motivate his Boba Fitness followers, he posts his own exercise tips, favorite workout songs, and fun pictures to his site and Facebook page. But the inspiration doesn't stop online: he's also a personal trainer, and he even invites exercisers to call him and arrange impromptu buddy workouts.