If you see people dangling from lampposts in San Diego parks, chances are that Kevin LaCourte is responsible. The certified personal trainer finds creative uses for the outdoor landscape and architecture during his group classes, commonly hooking TRX Suspension Trainers to railings and streetlights for resistance drills. He calls upon 16 years of experience in the fitness industry to help plan his unpredictable routines, which blend calisthenics, cardio intervals, functional exercises, and core work into holistic sweat sprees. This thorough approach has helped almost 2,000 clients shed weight and gain muscle, including the creative and editorial director of Living in Style magazine, Lisa DeMarco, who attended and chronicled a six-month FitCamp endeavor.
Kevin's program sprung from his desire to lead athletic workouts for those with little to no sports background. The classes, now held at five locations, are intensely challenging, although he never yells or embarrasses his students. He instead chooses to motivate participants through honesty, supportive words, and complimentary nutrition tips. He also adjusts his techniques to accommodate clients of all skill levels. Beginners can gain coordination and strength with simplified exercises, while more advanced students can ask Kevin for heavier medicine balls and aerobic bands with higher cement content.
Nationally certified personal trainer Diana Salom helms Dynamic Shape, where the experienced wellness and fitness coach leads personal-training and group sessions. During ongoing boot-camp classes, exercisers gather at Celestine Park to partake in a blend of toning, flexibility, and cardio exercises. She also offers training programs that help individuals achieve personal goals and corporate boot-camp programs geared toward employee fitness.
Before Chris Lumpkin founded Body by Discipline, the University of Montana football team recruited him to play quarterback. After a year, he transferred to New Mexico State University, where he continued to develop his athletic skills and won a fair share arm-wrestling contests against the school's mascot, Pistol Pete. Now, he helps others achieve their fitness goals with the help of a team of instructors. Students can improve reflexes and build strength in boxing or kickboxing classes or fine-tune the muscles during body-conditioning sessions. Personal-training classes provide one-on-one attention with an expert trainer.
BarreVite students may rely upon the ballet barre for support, but that doesn’t mean the workout caters to the meek. Its powerful blend of cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility intensifies ballet exercises and dance to fortify different muscle groups. Continuing education specialist and BarreVite creator Janet Tissot Parks and her protégés also share their expertise with aspiring BarreVite instructors during intensive certification courses.
When they’re not competing in the World Salsa Championships on ESPN and placing in the top 10, Sergio Jasso and Gabriela Equiz-Jasso lead the team of pro instructors at Alma Latina Dance Company. There, they specialize in instruction for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether during private lessons or group classes, the instructors can expertly impart skills in styles such as ballet, mambo, salsa, cumbia, bachata, and rhythm and technique.