As a thin teen, Peter San Nicolas turned to bodybuilding to buff up his physique, which gained him praise from ESPN’s American Muscle. Then in 1989, Peter channeled that motivation into establishing Ramona Fitness Center, a two-story workout facility for members 21 and over. Now, nearly 25 years later, Peter and his team of dedicated personal trainers and fitness instructors are still motivating others to lose excess weight and tone bodies through personal-training lessons, small-group sessions, and 18 group-fitness courses. Instructors get students’ heart rates pumping during Turbo Kick sessions, which meld kickboxing and intense interval training. Additionally, Core and More classes take 30 minutes to focus on ab work without attempting to do yoga while wearing a suit of steel-plate armor.
The facility is also packed with modern workout equipment that ranges from the ellipticals and spin bikes that line the loft-style second floor to the free weights that fill the ground level. The upscale fitness center is also outfitted with a retail area stacked full of vitamins and supplements.
Doug Piller, the trainer at Go! Time Fitness, believes every person can become fitter, stronger, and healthier. A Marine Corps captain, he offers personal training, group classes, and diet and nutrition coaching at Go! Time Fitness, scaling workouts to fit each individual and providing support, encouragement, and that much-needed kick in the behind during challenging workouts.
Certified personal trainer Corey Butts blends strength training, agility exercises, and TRX suspension into one intense class. The class caters to students of all levels who want to build strength by swinging kettlebells, improve balance by lifting against their own body weight, and boost their speed by sprinting through courses.
Jaylin Allen may be a certified member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a personal trainer with 12 years of experience, but the last thing she wants is for her resumé to intimidate clients. She and her trainers strive to make their small-group Bootique Fitness camps fun and friendly, fostering a team spirit while tailoring exercises to the fitness level of each individual. To maximize results, they avoid boring, repetitive exercise, which has a tendency to strain joints and turn the mind into crusty oatmeal. Instead, they revise their regimen daily, blending functional movement training into calisthenics and body-weight resistance exercises.
Drawing from his certification in personal training and experience with the military and mental-health fields, the eponymous Joe leads one-on-one and group fitness sessions to help patrons of all physiques increase their strength and self-confidence. He motivates students to reach their weight-loss or muscle-gaining goals in private training programs, combining workouts such as weightlifting, cardio boxing, and going up the down escalator at the mall. Teaming up with exercise routines, nutrition plans aid students in cutting calories and ingesting important nutrients.
Joe takes on the guise of a drill sergeant for boot-camp classes, hardening bodies like forging Damascus steel—doubled over and red-hot.
Regenerative Health and Fitness’s founder and trainer warns potential trainees that if they want to be treated like any other client, they should probably seek a different wellness coach. That is because he devotes the time and attention necessary to know all his clients and develop personalized plans that address fitness on all levels. It is with this dedication at heart that he conducts complimentary two-hour assessments before prescribing group- or personal-training sessions, both of which are offered onsite.
As they learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts, students of Primal Training Center practice in an environment concerned with safety. Nearly every square inch of Primal Training Center's studio is covered in padding—from the floor to the walls, to the pillars supporting the ceiling. This cushioned environment reduces the risk of injury for beginners not used to flailing their limbs in unfamiliar territory. To assist with training, professional heavy bags rest at the side of the room just waiting to absorb punishment as practitioners pour their daily stress into every leathery smack.