Megan Johnson McCullough has always led an athletic life. She played basketball on a full scholarship in college, and received a master’s degree in physical education and health science. Then she went on to become a personal training, with certifications in Aqua, Body Pump, cycle, yoga, and Zumba. At Every Body’s Fit, she personally trains between one to four people each session, and teaches classes such as boot camp, cycle, and a special Senior Fit classes for clients 50 years of age and older.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.
Yoga Alliance, one of the yoga community’s larger training facilities, awards its E-RYT 500 certification to students who have completed at least 500 hours of training and 2,000 hours of teaching at a registered yoga school. Laurie Mort is one such student. Now, Laurie shares this wealth of knowledge and experience with students at her studio, Inner Strength Yoga & Healing Center. And Laurie’s business is aptly named. After a car accident in 1972 that nearly took her life, Laurie began on a path of healing that included yoga and meditation as a way of keeping her from spending her life in a wheel chair. That journey certainly took inner strength, and is the inspiration for her compassionate teaching style.
At her studio, she and her staff of experienced yoga instructors—two of which are fellow E-RYT 500 certified instructors—predominately practice the poses and breathing exercises of hatha yoga. Nearly all of their classes are open to beginners and experts alike, including flow yoga, restorative yoga, and ThaiSen, which uses stretching and self-applied acupressure kneads to boost energy. For further wellness, the center also offers healing services such as reiki sessions and hosts workshops and events including group psychic readings.
A former competitive bodybuilder and self-professed fitness fiend, Kathy Babcock has trained everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers to high-school football teams. At Healing Crown 2 Toe, Kathy preaches a natural approach to aging and self-preservation. Private Pilates sessions build long, lean muscles, whereas dance and Zumba classes burn calories in an energizing, supportive group environment. Kathy also hosts a weekly segment on KUSI's "Good Morning San Diego."
Peace Love and Yoga offers toasty hot yoga and hot Vinyasa flow sessions with fresh heat cycles as well as a cornucopia of corpus-conditioning nonyoga workouts. Drop-in classes offer a fun, nonjudgmental environment perfect for body benders of all experience levels and varying degrees of separation from Gumby. Room temperature offerings, such as feisty cardio hip-hop, free-spirited hula hooping, and spine-strengthening Pilates sessions, provide toning for the heat intolerant. The candle-lined studio, replete with warm off-white hues set against a darkened ceiling, instills calmness in students, and instructors help build the confidence and new muscles students need to remember the whereabouts of their car keys while in downward dog. The studio also offers complimentary towel and mat rental for first timers.
SoCal Fitness Boot Camp for Women’s quartet of instructors inspires patrons with positivity during each gal-centric, camaraderie-fueled outdoor class. Targeting typically troublesome areas including the thighs, rear, and stomach, one-hour boot-camp sessions cater to women of all levels of fitness prowess by pushing each to perform without unsafely overexerting. Each class slings a variety of body-testing obstacles from an arsenal that includes strength training, short-distance running, Pilates, and full-contact rounds of patty cake. With regular attendance, ladies often note an improvement in endurance and muscle tone, a slimmed physique, and all-over stress attrition. Classes convene in the mornings or evenings, depending on how hard each location parties the night before. Instructors ask that each participant supply a mat, set of 3-, 5-, or 8-pound hand weights, and towel.