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.
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.
Doug Piller, the trainer at CrossFit Go Time, 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 CrossFit Go Time, scaling workouts to fit each individual and providing support, encouragement, and that much-needed kick in the behind during challenging workouts.
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.