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.
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.
The PushHouse’s instructors know a good workout has a way of bringing people together. To help accomplish the “good workout” portion of that equation, the studio focuses on intense exercises workouts for the whole body that incorporate cardio exercises, weight training, and core fitness, and each class takes place in a motivating group atmosphere.
The studio recently has been equipped with RealRyder bikes. These spinners feature side-to-side tilting action, which engages the whole body so you can practice dodging neighborhood frisbee dogs. Students can hop on these bikes and join others in an intense workout during group indoor-cycling classes. Alternatively, in dedicated Pilates classes, the staff leads workouts that help tone the muscles with slow, focused movements on Pilates Reformer equipment. The Reformers also come into play in the intensive fusion classes, which feature Booty Barre techniques that help sculpt one’s rear end.
On the way into the cycling studio at Breakaway Cycle, students pass a wall covered in positive messages. Notes like "break your limits," "break new ground," "break a record," and "break free" all work to motivate cyclists as they take on their own personal challenges during one-hour classes. Energetic music and visual displays surround students as they spin on Schwinn AC Performance cycles. In addition to offering a smooth ride, the bikes display power, cadence, calories, and heart rate. Throughout workouts, patrons can hydrate with unlimited access to a purified water system and sop up sweat with fresh towels or unfolded maps of the Tour de France.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Some gyms call themselves a family. Grinder Gym finds the term "tribe" more apt. Like tribes, their members span all ages, walks of life, and fitness levels, and they all stick together for one common cause: fitness. At the helm of the tribe is nutritionist and personal trainer, Dave DePew, who's been working toward optimum health since the early age of 8, and has since developed a lifelong philosophy of "diligent daily fitness". Said philosophy—which values continual progression over immediate perfection—includes scientifically proven dietary plans paired with a variety of workout routines designed to suit individual goals, whether that's developing more bulk or finally being able to outrun the neighbor's pet cheetah. To help clients hit these fitness targets, he and his team lead high-intensity classes, such as Total Body Kettlebells and Core & Cardio, that rely on functional movements and resistance training. They also lead classes such as Blood & Guts, during which they challenge participants with obstacle courses and a mix of cardio and strength training. All of these classes and techniques have resulted in some of Dave's students losing anywhere from 16- to 44-pounds and dramatically dropping inches around the waist.