At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.
Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.
“Our bodies were created to be active,” Roger Blackshear is quoted as saying on Blackshear Fitness’s website, adding that a sedentary lifestyle makes the body “soft, weak and totally unprepared for physical activity.” Blackshear, an NCCPT-certified personal trainer, knows about the body’s physical capabilities. Over the past 20-plus years, he’s wrestled, played semipro football, and developed a specialty for sports-performance training.
At his fitness facility, he and his staff nudge bodies into motion during private and group fitness training. They augment this training with nutritional advice and healthy, maintainable methods of losing weight, such as always putting your weight where the remote control goes.
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.
Inside a 5,000-square-foot CrossFit space, the trainers of Torrance Fit Lab lead clients through intense workouts customized to suit each exerciser's fitness level. The facility includes powerlifting and Barbell Club areas, as well as a gym-visible kids' area where tykes can curl their chapter books while parents work out.
Redondo Beach Tae Bo sends exercisers punching and kicking through the week with classes held Monday–Saturday. During every class, certified Tae Bo instructors lead groups through high-energy, total-body workouts, which feature many movements based in martial arts techniques.