As a gymnastics coach, Kaia F.I.T. founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia F.I.T. sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
At Kaia F.I.T., a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their F.I.T. sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular F.I.T. program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.
Exercise gurus designed Fortis Fitness and Strength Training & Yogalux with luxury in mind. And from the second guests look around, it's clear this luxury has been realized. In staffers' own words, the gym eschews a "contemporary industrial chic" look for a feel that is, instead, "colorful, fresh, new, and inviting!" 10,000 sun-lit square feet encompass a heated yoga studio, a cycling room filled with Schwinn bikes, a TRX room, a group fitness studio, and an area devoted to personal training. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase green trees in the yoga studio, inspiring serenity alongside honey-colored wood flooring and blue walls made from square pieces of sky. Flat-screen TVs flank cyclists, and a green running track spans the length of the weight room. Equipment, classes, and personal training are the primary reasons members visit, but little extras make each experience even easier: child-care pros watch kids during parents' workouts, for instance, and the on-site boutique carries exercise essentials.
Located in Brickhouse Cardio Club in Oceanside, Yoga at Brickhouse offers yoga classes seven days a week for all skill levels. The updated studio features curtains to softly filter light and provide more privacy as well as candlelight that soothes and relaxes. Though people come to Yoga at Brickhouse for soothing yoga or heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors pulse with 11 Zumba sessions every week, along with energetic Brickhouse Burn toning and sculpting classes and invigorating yoga sessions. The club also hosts Bokwa sessions, embracing the new workout system that finds students tracing the shapes of numbers and letters during dance-like sessions set to booty-shaking beats.
Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites recently opened in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios with the franchise?s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
In an effort to cater to families, First Class Fitness Center offers members access to a childcare facility complete with a nursery and playroom. As a CPR-certified staff watches youngsters, adults can engage in one-on-one training sessions with a certified personal trainer without the pressure of impressing their children. Or they can attend one of the gym's many classes, including Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and boot camp. On the amenities front, First Class offers fitness evaluations, nutrition coaching, tanning, and towel service.
A former competitive bodybuilder and self-professed fitness fiend, Kathy Babcock has trained everyone from kindergartners to grandmothers to high-school football teams. At Healing Crown 2 Toe, Kathy preaches a natural approach to aging and self-preservation. Private Pilates sessions build long, lean muscles, whereas dance and Zumba classes burn calories in an energizing, supportive group environment. Kathy also hosts a weekly segment on KUSI's "Good Morning San Diego."
Megan Johnson McCullough has always led an athletic life. She played basketball on a full scholarship in college, and received a master’s degree in physical education and health science. Then she went on to become a personal training, with certifications in Aqua, Body Pump, cycle, yoga, and Zumba. At Every Body’s Fit, she personally trains between one to four people each session, and teaches classes such as boot camp, cycle, and a special Senior Fit classes for clients 50 years of age and older.