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.
Scott Baker doesn't care if you can point to your latissimus dorsi muscle, nor will he ever make you pronounce a word like "gastrocnemius." Years ago, Scott realized that he wanted to be a different kind of trainer?the kind who connects with his clients, rather than merely handing them weights and an anatomy book.
Scott's philosophy is simple, but he's tested it many times over the course of his 15 years as a personal trainer: hard work works. At Gemini Fit Lounge, his boutique gym in Solana Beach, he puts that philosophy into action. Though one-on-one personal training will always be his specialty, Scott has expanded his offerings to include group training, training camps, and sports-specific workouts. His positive attitude is contagious and attracts many types of clients, from weekend warriors to professional athletes. He asks only that these clients believe in themselves, stick to their fitness goals, and stop asking him to arm wrestle all the time.
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.
Part fitness center, part dance studio, The Movement Lab is a major proponent of the Extension Method, a training program that uses the principles of ballet to help people get in shape. Classes that adhere to the Extension Method include the Allegro Ballet Boot Camp, a fast-paced session that uses brisk movements to build stamina and muscle. Elsewhere on the class list, you'll find traditional workouts such as vinyasa yoga and Pilates as well as more creative options such as cardio hip hop and burlesque.
Joe Decker isn?t your ordinary fitness trainer. He might just be the planet?s fittest 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 accolades from TrailRunner magazine and the attention of Coca-Cola's fitness programs.
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 determination. 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. 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.