"I consider sacred the bond of trust that develops over time with our athletes, forged by sound direction, collaboration, and real, lasting results," says Erik Preston, owner and head trainer at CrossFit San Elijo. The ex-Marine recruited a team of instructors who work to forge a sense of community among its members through rigorous shared effort of their group workouts. Instructors teach athletes foundational movements during an initial class before embarking on daily workouts where they’ll hoist kettlebells, master gymnast’s rings, and walk with 45-pound weights. Every exercise is rigorously monitored, as instructors insist on proper form while students execute core exercises of squat, press, and lift. Along with emphasizing sound mechanics, instructors help copilot participants toward healthier eating habits and recovery techniques.
Rich Sayen started his training career more than 10 years ago. In that time, he became a CrossFit Level 1 coach, an American Kettleball Club Coach, and he was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. By the time he founded Crossfit2.0, Rich was an expert trainer.
His gym looks more like a playground than a fitness space, except that the metal loops and brightly colored straps of the CrossFit equipment stand in place of slides or tetherball poles. Students grab hold of these to do the Workout of the Day (WOD), which might include climbing ropes to the ceiling, doing dips on suspended rings, or slinging kettlebells. Sometimes workouts even spill into the parking lot as athletes run laps around the building, push weighted sleds, or shot-put meteors back into space.
Born and raised in West Africa, Patricia’s life has been saturated with music and dance. She even worked as a choreographer as a teen for her church youth group. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Patricia combines her love of dance and music with healthy workouts. During classes, international beats bounce out of the speakers as she guides students through dance moves and encourages loud screams that declare their energy levels or that a ghost has challenged them to a danceoff. Her program includes Zumba Toning with weighted sticks, Zumba Sentao classes that integrate chairs, and regular Zumba classes that burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.
The certified trainers and healthcare professionals at Foundation Strength & Conditioning believe that when people move better, they feel better. That's why they offer functional fitness classes, chiropractic treatments, and rehabilitative services designed with individual clients in mind. Foundation shares a 20,000-square-foot facility with SoCal Athletics and SoCal Volleyball, so clients always have weights to lift and a volleyball to be their new best friend.
FIT4MOM is one of the country's largest fitness program for moms. They offer classes that cater to all mothers, whether they had a few kids a decade ago, are currently with child, or are just bouncing back from their first pregnancy. The staff knows that it's not easy to find the time or the energy to workout so the energetic instructors help motivate moms in classes that focus on rapid results.
Even during the decade she spent as a stay-at-home mother, Nicole Bennett, the owner and aesthetician at Flawless Face & Body, always followed her own personal skin care regimen and even worked a few side jobs in cosmetics. But it wasn't until she decided to take a chance and go back to school that she realized that her passion was deeper than she thought, and that passion aligned with her quest for a new career. Her interest in skin care skyrocketed as she delved into the nitty-gritty science behind it, and she sped her way through Palomar Institute of Cosmetology.
After becoming a licensed aesthetician, Nicole opened her own wellness center, which has since expanded into a new clinic in the heart of San Marcos, providing skin care, massage therapy, acne treatments and hair-removal services. She also earned certification as an acne specialist, with the extra training inspiring her to dedicate a large portion of her service menu to result-oriented acne solutions. This dedication now takes the form of a full-fledged acne program, which blends biweekly clinic appointments with an at-home skin care regimen to take faces from spotty to spotless over the course of 12-16 weeks. The team at Flawless Face & Body strives to educate clients and give them the one-on-one time they need to reach their wellness goals within a private, relaxing environment. With the help of Image Skincare and Rhonda Allison products, specialists also counter blemishes and imperfections with facials, peels, and waxing, leaving skin as clean and smooth as a censored version of The Catcher in the Rye read by Barry White.