The enthusiastic instructors at Wired Fitness, which has been in business for 11 years and earned an award for San Diego’s Best Outdoor Fitness Workout from CW 6’s San Diego Living, lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels in high-intensity workout routines held amid the balmy breezes and open air of multiple outdoor settings. The instructors set up obstacles course fraught with rings, cones, and poles, building off Mother Nature's steep hills and varying terrain at locales such as the lush green Carmel Valley or the sunlight-painted Mission Bay. During the one-hour classes, students sweat through always-changing interval workouts that blend plyometrics, partner drills, and obstacle courses to sculpt the entire body. Instructors lend their personal attention to each student, modifying the exercises to increase or decrease the difficulty level as needed.
Jaylin Allen may be a certified member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a personal trainer with 12 years of experience, but the last thing she wants is for her resumé to intimidate clients. She and her trainers strive to make their small-group Bootique Fitness camps fun and friendly, fostering a team spirit while tailoring exercises to the fitness level of each individual. To maximize results, they avoid boring, repetitive exercise, which has a tendency to strain joints and turn the mind into crusty oatmeal. Instead, they revise their regimen daily, blending functional movement training into calisthenics and body-weight resistance exercises.
Certified strength-and-conditioning specialist Cole Williams helms Strength Healthy, where he coaches his customers with athletic, fitness, and nutritional guidance. After a one-on-one assessment, Williams tailors fitness routines and nutritional strategies to individuals as he tracks weight-loss and strength progress and adjusts programs as needed.
Joe Decker isn’t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet’s fittest human, at least according to Guinness World Records. He earned the title of World’s Fittest Man in 2000 after mastering a 24-hour challenge comprising a 100-mile bike ride, a 10-mile run, 1,100 pushups, and other exhausting feats. Today, his boot camp program, Gut Check Fitness, helps exercisers tackle goals that are just as lofty with outdoor workouts that have won accolades from TrailRunner magazine and the attention of Coca-Cola's fitness programs.
Each ever-changing workout leads participants into the great outdoors, where they discover the true meaning of “gut check,” a military term used to denote a test of courage, character, or determination. With the help of several talented trainers, Joe propels athletes through a gauntlet of fitness drills that torches dozens of calories and fortifies muscles throughout the body. The classes’ main piece of equipment is the earth, which provides hills for climbing, gravity for resistance, and solid ground for sprints and bodyweight exercises. In addition to basking in the trainers’ shouts of encouragement, the group cheers one another toward each milestone, fostering friendships while creating an ongoing incentive to achieve.
At Dream Body Boot Camp, which was voted San Diego A-List's best boot camp of 2012, trainer Matthew Johnson and his staff of specialized trainers help patrons to quickly sculpt physiques into top form during indoor and outdoor workouts that pair cardio moves with strength-boosting exercises. Instead of painting muscle ripples onto participants’ abs, each of Johnson’s instructors draws from a kinesiology degree or a national personal-training certification when designing a new 60-minute workout each day. Before their first class, students meet with Johnson to get acquainted and set their fitness goals, such as looking good in a bikini or ripping through a T-shirt to reveal their swimsuit with one powerful body flex. In the course of 10 minutes, he asks clients what they’d like to achieve in class and how they’ve pursued their goals in the past.
Once the talking ends, the training begins, and the motivational instructors put patrons to work hefting dumbbells, straining against Trx suspension gear, and flipping giant tires end over end. Johnson and his trainers leave long runs out of their workouts, opting instead for tire hopping, jumping rope, and other dynamic exercises to elevate heart rates.
Cody Bramlett discovered the body-strengthening power of kettlebells not as his own tool for beefing up, but as the exercise that helped his brother rebuild his body following a car injury. After witnessing his brother’s positive results, Cody became a passionate advocate of kettlebell workouts, eventually earning his certification as an instructor and creating his own high-impact moves. Today, known by his students as Kettlebell Cody, he helps others build dynamic core strength and tone muscles—helping everyone from first-timers to studio regulars achieve their fitness goals. He and his staff of trainers, teach classes six days a week and also offer abdominal and movement classes to bolster the weight-lifting sessions. Cody's clients offer their testimonials and before-and-after pictures here.