Matteo Baker didn't put “220” in the name of his fitness center just to help people remember its street address. He did it to remind them of his goal for the center's services: to be “second to none.” With body-bolstering services that range from personal training to chiropractic care to nutritional counseling, 220 Fitness and Wellness blends conventional gym practices with holistic wellness therapy to forge a multifaceted approach to health. While in one of three studios or out on the beach, guests can get hearts pumping in one of the center's group classes, including boot camp, cycling, and yoga, each of which take place frequently enough to let latecomers find a fun alternate class and early comers join in the previous class's naptime. When workouts are finished, the modern facility's licensed and certified health practitioners work to help guests recover from or prevent injuries with physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.
Werdum Combat Team is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy created and run by former Pride and current Strikeforce champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and his life-long training partner Lucas Pires. With some of the most decorated and recognized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners alive today, WCT has both the knowledge and
Fitness changed Craig Stocker's life. Dedicated to physical activity since age 5 and a second-degree black belt in kung fu by age 18, Craig was always in top physical condition. However, after enduring a personal tragedy, Craig sought refuge in food, gaining weight and losing the will to care about exercise and everything else. He knew he needed to change—not just for himself, but also for his daughter, Cassidy. Craig mustered up his remaining strength and got back into the gym, undergoing what would be a six-month physical and mental transformation in his late 30s. Relying on his daughter as inspiration, Craig lost his excess weight and shed his depression, and now he shares his experience to motivate himself and clients whose lives often interfere with their ability to get in shape.
An NCCPT-certified trainer since 2002, Craig opened Marina Athletic Club to inspire others to change their lives. The private club houses weight machines, cardio machines, and free weights, with personal-training and group-training services leading patrons to fitter versions of themselves in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Craig also leads boot-camp classes, which cover cross-training principles in various scenic environments including parks, beaches, and inside Monet paintings.
Equipment: Title boxing, weight machines, heavy bags, a speedball, and a professional boxing ring
Students should bring: A towel. We supply everything else.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We train students at their own skill levels and abilities to make the workouts fun, exciting, and progressive.
The body-sculpting TRX suspension system provides a full-body workout that has been used by professional athletes and members of the armed forces, yet is still easily accessible for men and women of virtually any fitness level. At TRX Santa Monica, the instructors lead specialized classes seven days a week, helping students develop everything from muscle tone and flexibility to agility and cardiovascular health. Additionally, the staff offers circuit training as well as high-intensity kickboxing sessions, which collectively provide a balanced approach that promotes overall fitness for the entire body.
Inside a 1,200-square-foot facility, the instructors at Bio-Mechanix prize functional training above all else. In doing so, they pack their schedule with classes that focus on weight loss and posture, calling upon equipment such as Bosu balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands. With safety in mind, they demonstrate how to use this equipment in order to minimize impact and outfit the studio with Pavigym rubber flooring.