A newly opened private fitness center in downtown San Diego, Urban Athletica is wholly dedicated to functional movement. In other words, you won’t find free weights here, nor treadmills or other cardio machines. Instead, clients use their own body weight as resistance, as well as props such as sandbag weights, jumping boxes, tires, resistance bands, and Core Stix (a ski-pole-like equipment designed to work the arms, core, and legs). Members can take personal training sessions with certified master trainer and Urban Athletic owner Nicholas Marion, or work up a sweat in the studio’s intense small group classes.
CORE40 is a new brand from the co-creators of the Bodyrok program, which fuses Pilates with cardio and strength training workouts to form a comprehensive, calorie-burning system. Clients work in small groups, sweating through muscle-building CORE40 classes held on Megaformer M3 machines and fast-paced COREcycle classes held on high-tech, customizable spin bikes. The gym also offers the best of both worlds with COREcombo classes, which combine elements of each program to give participants a rapid, effective workout in under one hour. Certified instructors lead each energetic class or personal training session, pushing clients to work past their preconceived limits and offering encouragement along the way.
Downtown Fitness World’s trainers use the entire city as their gym, holding their private workout sessions on streets or in parks across beautiful San Diego. Thanks to the weather’s sunny disposition, they train clients year-round, putting together customized fitness regimens or teaching a specific skill, such as yoga or kettlebell lifting. For pure cardio exercise, they invite customers to join them on dog jogs, where humans and their dogs can experience the joys of good exercise, fresh air, and the sight of frightened pigeons together.
Ed Joseph wants to change your body, and he offers a simple, no-frills prescription: work hard and eat right. At Man Up Boot Camp, Ed employs a proven philosophy to jump-start the metabolism, boost muscle growth, and burn calories. Classes get participants sweating mornings and evenings and focus on body-weight exercises and trying to rip streetlights out of the ground in Embarcadero Park or running stairs at the San Diego Convention Center. Ed’s nutritional advice helps distinguish which foods are best to eat, which carbs are ideal, and how best to spice up a meal of quinoa and broccoli.
At Red Carpet Boot Camps’ fitness center, trainers motivate others toward fitness through classes such as spin, yoga, and Reformer Pilates. When not in the gym, trainers lead their charges outside for 60-minute boot-camp sessions that combine everything from their classes, as well as resistance, cardio, and calisthenics. Understanding that pushing muscles to their limits is only part of the equation, Red Carpet also offers nutrition coaching.
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.
Joe Decker isn’t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet’s buffest 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 top honors from CityVoter.
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 physical resemblance to Santa Claus. 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. Though many of the maneuvers involve dumbbells, 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.