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. In a welcoming environment, the expert coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy and confidence, and vanquish fat. They root the sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness.
Programs range in intensity and length for exercisers of all ages, fitness levels, and goals, from six-week BRIK boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. CORE Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between BRIK camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. The various regimens invite women to join a community where they dedicate themselves to maintaining their health and fitness.
The air at CrossFit Society fills with wafting plumes of weightlifting chalk and triumphant shouts at completed workouts. Expert trainers emphasize proper form as students learn an ever-changing collection of Olympic lifts, kettlebell movements, and calisthenics such as burpees and box jumps. Legs trace slow circles through the air as patrons hang from gymnastics rings, and kettlebells clang against racks with the sound of Robocop trying to exit a Honda Civic. Workouts can be scaled to meet the fitness level and needs of any participant, and students set and meet their own measurable goals. Trainers keep a constant eye on subtleties in movement, ensuring that workouts are always safe.
Having studied the “gentle art” under the guidance of Carlson Gracie, Brazilian jujitsu champion Joel Tudor takes a wider view of jujitsu. He sees the martial art as more than the physical means to choke, joint-lock, or toss an opponent. Although the discipline can arm its practitioners with these abilities, the art’s more central tenant promotes an overall healthy lifestyle by increasing self-confidence and encouraging clients to break bad habits. In support of this approach, Master Tudor’s instructors imbue children and adults with other health-promoting practices, such as yoga and kettlebell conditioning.
SoCal Fitness Boot Camp for Women’s quartet of instructors inspires patrons with positivity during each gal-centric, camaraderie-fueled outdoor class. Targeting typically troublesome areas including the thighs, rear, and stomach, one-hour boot-camp sessions cater to women of all levels of fitness prowess by pushing each to perform without unsafely overexerting. Each class slings a variety of body-testing obstacles from an arsenal that includes strength training, short-distance running, Pilates, and full-contact rounds of patty cake. With regular attendance, ladies often note an improvement in endurance and muscle tone, a slimmed physique, and all-over stress attrition. Classes convene in the mornings or evenings, depending on how hard each location parties the night before. Instructors ask that each participant supply a mat, set of 3-, 5-, or 8-pound hand weights, and towel.
Composed of experienced martial-arts artists and current MMA fighters, the staff at Team Quest Encinitas has designed its program to focus on full-body fitness and preparing students for 15 minutes in the ring. Classes range from introductory surveys of mixed martial-arts fighting to in-depth lessons in judo, muay thai, and advanced boxing. A host of strength and conditioning classes accompanies the martial-arts class list, physically preparing students to battle opponents in the ring or alligators in the swamp with ease.
Kaili Hunt has always been dedicated to fitness, and through his experience earning a degree in exercise physiology and snatching up any certifications he came across, he developed his own method of training. His classes take students through a five-stage development program. The program aims to take students of all fitness levels and not only match them up with the right intensity but also put them on a path to improving their fitness level.