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.
Poway Pilates owner and head instructor Jennifer Richards and her team of Pilates Method Association-certified staff chisel their clients into shape using the Stott Pilates technique. The style, which blends principles of sports medicine with physical therapy and modern fitness, works to strengthen specific joints at the same time as the whole body?creating long, lean muscles and improving overall stability.
Inside the 1,600-square foot studio, walls painted in soothing earth tones provide a pleasant contrast from rows and racks of sweat-inducing Stott Pilates gear. Private and group sessions guide guests through core-strengthening Pilates mat and reformer exercises, during which instructors use verbal cues to tell participants when to change positions. Other sessions combine the basics with boot-camp, barre, and kettlebell workouts.
Jason Dunbar, owner of CrossFit Poway, has been a CrossFit trainer since 2004, and he took part in some of the renowned workout method's first certification sessions in Santa Cruz. Each one-hour workout is different from the last, challenging muscles to get stronger and faster through high-intensity functional movements such as dumbbell lifts, jumping squats, and anvil juggling. Dunbar also specializes in coaching children and teens during CrossFit Kids classes. In 2011, his gym helped to build a stronger community by hosting a 31 Heroes event to raise money for the families of military personnel killed in active duty.
A quick look at Lisa Lorraine Taylor's lengthy resume reveals a life-long dedication to healthy living. The fitness expert has written articles for various publications, has a bachelor's degree in holistic nutrition, and holds more than a dozen certifications, including ACE certification as a personal trainer and a lifestyle and weight-management consultant. At Taylor Made Fitness, Ms. Taylor draws on this expertise as well as a non-intimidating, friendly training style during results-driven private and small group sessions, which are designed to help both experienced and new-to-exercise patrons meet their fitness goals by shaping and strengthening the whole body. Making good on the gym's cleverly quirky name, she can also design custom nutrition programs to further help her clients lose weight both in-studio and outdoors.
Swing, summersault, and soar through the air on a trapeze with today's Groupon, $25 for a 90-minute trapeze class at Trapeze High (a $50 value). It's worth the 30-minute drive to Escondido to learn how to throw yourself off a platform 23 feet in the air and gracefully bounce butterflicticly through the heavens, performing spectacular acrobatic maneuvers. Learning trapeze tricks is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it's plenty of fun. Frequent trapeze binges are the reason Cirque du Soleil performers look so happy.
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.