If the endless endurance and physical prowess of television's Olympic loggers makes you jealous, it's never too late to get in the game yourself. CrossFit's extreme approach to fitness surprises many by its ability to blend full-fledged exertion with a refreshing sense of fun. The guidance of experienced and enthusiastic coaches will lead you and your group through warm-ups and an hour-long workout that incorporate a variety of exercises, including backwards runs, walking lunges, squats, box jumps, bear crawls, installing shower doors in the homes of unsuspecting people, and more. Physical rigor will transform into physical and mental empowerment as you seek and destroy your past limitations and metamorphosize into a boot-camping machinebot.
Heart & Pride Muay Thai and Fitness complements improved health with the ethics of muay thai: self-control, respect, dignity, courtesy, patience, and self-confidence. Head instructor Kru Mickey Rubinson and his staff teach muay-thai classes geared toward adults and children, and strength-and-conditioning boot-camp classes.
With more than 50,000 square feet of collective climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gyms's four locations, including its newest in Long Beach, offer ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the Riverside location, top ropes and lead routes circle around a freestanding boulder that tops off at 20 feet. The Southbay location's large training section gives adventurers prep time before they embark on the facility's challenging crack climbs, and the Upland location's 40-foot roof climb lends a scenic vantage point for those honing their skills on the ceiling-spanning rope or trying to spot a lost contact lens. After traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
At Train Station, no day of boot camp is ever the same as the one before. During each session, students might leap feet into the air to land on massive tires, use muscles in their entire body to hurl heavy ropes up and down, or push themselves to physical limits by pulling a jeep. The gym's trainers believe in activating all areas of fitness, and their boot camps prove that dedication with a mixture of cardio endurance, agility, balance, and full-body strength workouts. In addition to the rigorous boot camps, they also get to know guests' goals during one-on-one personal training meetings, and teach students the rhythmic art of Brazilian combat during capoeira lessons.
After a career as a college and professional Arena League football player, certified fitness trainer Aaron Scott devoted himself to training a new generation of athletes. Now a ten-year veteran of the training industry, he currently leads Corona Adventure Boot Camp, whose fitness regimen he designed with fitness specialist Dr. John Spencer Ellis.
The four-week program meets for hour-long morning workouts Monday through Friday, composed of exercises such as core training, jump rope drills, and running. The instructors boot camp occasionally takes field trips to new locations, as well as change the workouts daily to prevent boredom. The ever-changing regimen works as a single system to simultaneously minimize body fat, strengthen frames, and eventually help participants look way more legitimate when pulling two ton trucks by hand.
Unlike Rube Pilates-Goldberg classes—which use comically complicated contraptions to help tone, stretch, and flex muscles—Articulations' mat classes teach the fundamentals of Pilates using only an exercise mat, Pilates positions, and the freedom of the open road. Pilates's focus on constant motion and smooth, graceful transitions between exercises produces a lot of benefits—increasing overall strength and endurance (especially in the core muscles), improving posture, and keeping the body aligned.