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.
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.
Equipment: TRX, kettlebells, free weights, heavy bags, grappling mats, MMA cage, mitts
Students Should Bring: Comfortable workout clothes
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Whether visitors are looking to relax their minds or elevate their heart rates, Mind-Body Holistics offers opportunities that cater to a range of health goals. The center's yoga instructors primarily embrace the Hatha and Vinyasa styles, incorporating breathing exercises into postures as well as meditative techniques along with the deep stretches, twists, and bends. For an even more challenging yoga experience, Mind-Body Holistics offers hot yoga sessions that use non-allergenic, infrared radiant heat panels to create a toasty environment that's still comfortable for all the attendees. Beyond yoga, the instructors also lead Zumba sessions, cardio-intensive sculpting classes, and boot camps. Meanwhile, the massage therapists alleviate aching muscles by using a range of specialized modalities, such as reflexology and hot-stone therapy. Class sizes are kept small so that students receive personal instruction.
Rich Sayen started his training career more than 10 years ago. In that time, he became a CrossFit Level 1 coach, an American Kettleball Club Coach, and he was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. By the time he founded Crossfit2.0, Rich was an expert trainer.
His gym looks more like a playground than a fitness space, except that the metal loops and brightly colored straps of the CrossFit equipment stand in place of slides or tetherball poles. Students grab hold of these to do the Workout of the Day (WOD), which might include climbing ropes to the ceiling, doing dips on suspended rings, or slinging kettlebells. Sometimes workouts even spill into the parking lot as athletes run laps around the building, push weighted sleds, or shot-put meteors back into space.