Fitness has always been part of Alex Medina's life. After playing football and running track in high school, he knew he wanted to channel his athletic ability into something more meaningful, and joined the Marine Corps. During his five years of service, he learned to fly a plane and spent numerous hours in the sky, which led him to study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He then went on to Mueller College, where he became a sports nutrition specialist, a certified personal trainer, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Though a lot has changed for Alex since high school, his passion for fitness remains. In addition to playing semi-pro football, he now owns Fit 2 Ripped Fitness?an outdoor boot-camp program. Along with his fellow trainers, he leads fit-seekers in burning calories and building muscles during always-varying, high-intensity routines. One day, you might swing kettlebells and do push-ups, and then next you might do crunches and flip tires end-over-end until they agree to personally train you.
The trainers at Family Gym eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to fitness, understanding that people at different ages require different resources.They cater to a range of developmental phases, making them the perfect family gym. While parents take advantage of babysitting services, they can attend group fitness classes that the trainers scale to each individual's fitness level. These sessions are based on yoga, salsa dancing, and martial arts, and are held in both English and Spanish.
Justin Fassio earned his personal-training certification during his time in the military, when his passion for exercise landed him the chance to lead a physical training program for an Air Force?operations group. Once his time in the force was up, he didn't leave his love of fitness back at base?he brought it home with him. Today, he leads outdoor fitness programs for all citizens.
Nutritionist Rachel Bowman has a background in Clinical and Holistic Nutrition, offering a wide acumen of current nutritional research. Her career now emphasizes weight management in all walks of life, ranging from digestive health to healthy eating while traveling. Her sports enthusiasm has also forged professional relationships with athletes and key athletic trainers.
The partnership of the two is ideal at San Diego Core Fitness, where staffers emphasize that fitness and nutrition always work hand-in-hand. The varied boot-camp workouts fuse fun and motivation with functional training techniques designed to help build up neglected core muscles and regain muscular balance. Personal-training sessions are supplemented with nutritional advice and lifestyle counseling, and keeps semiprivate training sessions small so that each participant can receive individual attention. During outdoor boot camps, groups make use of whatever the locations offer as equipment?depending on the scenery, they wade through deep beach sand, run up open-air stairs, and bench-press park benches.
The CrossFit workout was designed to challenge exercise newbies and bodybuilders alike. At CrossFit San Diego, the trainers accomplish this feat not by creating new exercises for each client, but by tailoring the intensity of the exercises. That means adding more weights to barbells, or having clients flip either giant or Micro Machines tires. The functional-fitness classes also make use of gymnastics rings, rowing machines, and plyometric boxes. Clients work out in a large, warehouse-like space with bright graffiti murals on the walls, and sometimes trainers even take the workouts outside for some open-air exercise.
Led by husband-and-wife owners Sean and Sarah Gogarty, the certified trainers at SGO Fitness stage outdoor boot camps at parks around San Diego. Team relies on body-weight exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups, planks, and lunges to strengthen and tone muscles.