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 instructors at Mosaic Yoga know firsthand that every yoga practitioner's journey is unique. Melissa Love, for instance, found yoga as a way to overcome depression after being diagnosed with cancer. Her husband Ryan Glidden, on the other hand, took his first class to impress Melissa.
Now, the pair heads Mosaic's team as they lead students of all backgrounds and skill levels through classes held daily. Heated and non-heated classes range from slow-moving courses designed for first-timers to more intensive, candlelit sessions that combine yoga with reiki and crystal healing. In addition to reaping yoga's benefits ? from weight loss to increased strength ? during classes, visitors can attend workshops or one of Mosaic's retreats, which head to exotic locales such as Hawaii as opposed to an old cabin with "Fiji" painted on it.
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.
Interested in fight or strength training? Look no further than San Diego’s East Village, where a large warehouse and corner lot have been converted into gym space and outdoor workout areas for the Downtown Undisputed studio. Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai are specialties here, where full–sized boxing and elongated MMA rings are flanked by bold murals inside the training space. The spacious outdoor area is packed with state of the art equipment, making this the largest fight gym in San Diego, with award-winning and dedicated trainers. Frequented by former military personnel and sporting a large female membership base, Undisputed Downtown is a great place to learn skills and technique while toning the body.
Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio’s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that’s not straight from their rooftop, they’ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they’re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.