Fit With Jenny has a split personality, in that it's actually the brainchild of two women, Jennie Cwikla and Jenny Piro, who are experts in motivation, fitness, and nutrition that happen to share a name. They founded their fitness center to empower women, emphasizing achieving overall fitness and feeling good over just getting thin. They lead a host of women's fitness classes that range from peaceful yoga to smile-inducing dance-centric workouts to high-intensity boot camps held in backyards, gyms, and pools. They also teach traditional Hawaiian hula, a graceful way to get moving that doesn’t require a swan costume.
Drawing on her background as a competitive dancer, choreographer, and certified yoga instructor, Lesa M. Green combines ballet barre exercises with Pilates and yoga techniques in her signature class, The MIX Technique. Sessions help clients to build stronger cores and leaner muscles and can be complemented by sessions of massage, acupuncture, or personal training. The studio also offers yoga for all speeds, including slow-practice yin yoga and yoked yoga, which blends yoga with weights and cardio work. Guests can slow down even more with bedtime yoga classes conducted by candlelight or stop in for a monthly Yoga Winedown, where guests can stretch their arms out for another glass of refreshing grape blood.
At Red Carpet Boot Camps’ fitness center, trainers motivate others toward fitness through classes such as spin, yoga, and Reformer Pilates. When not in the gym, trainers lead their charges outside for 60-minute boot-camp sessions that combine everything from their classes, as well as resistance, cardio, and calisthenics. Understanding that pushing muscles to their limits is only part of the equation, Red Carpet also offers nutrition coaching.
Regenerative Health and Fitness’s founder and trainer warns potential trainees that if they want to be treated like any other client, they should probably seek a different wellness coach. That is because he devotes the time and attention necessary to know all his clients and develop personalized plans that address fitness on all levels. It is with this dedication at heart that he conducts complimentary two-hour assessments before prescribing group- or personal-training sessions, both of which are offered onsite.
Justin Fassio earned his personal-training certification during his time in the military, when his passion for exercise landed him the chance to lead a physical training program for an Air Force–operations group. Once his time in the force was up, he didn't leave his love of fitness back at base—he brought it home with him. Today, he leads outdoor fitness programs for all citizens.
Nutritionist Rachel Bowman has a background in Clinical and Holistic Nutrition, offering a wide acumen of current nutritional research. Her career now emphasizes weight management in all walks of life, ranging from digestive health to healthy eating while traveling. Her sports enthusiasm has also forged professional relationships with athletes and key athletic trainers.
The partnership of the two is ideal at San Diego Core Fitness, where staffers emphasize that fitness and nutrition always work hand-in-hand. The varied boot-camp workouts fuse fun and motivation with functional training techniques designed to help build up neglected core muscles and regain muscular balance. Personal-training sessions are supplemented with nutritional advice and lifestyle counseling, and keeps semiprivate training sessions small so that each participant can receive individual attention. During outdoor boot camps, groups make use of whatever the locations offer as equipment—depending on the scenery, they wade through deep beach sand, run up open-air stairs, and bench-press park benches.
Drawing from his certification in personal training and experience with the military and mental-health fields, the eponymous Joe leads one-on-one and group fitness sessions to help patrons of all physiques increase their strength and self-confidence. He motivates students to reach their weight-loss or muscle-gaining goals in private training programs, combining workouts such as weightlifting, cardio boxing, and going up the down escalator at the mall. Teaming up with exercise routines, nutrition plans aid students in cutting calories and ingesting important nutrients.
Joe takes on the guise of a drill sergeant for boot-camp classes, hardening bodies like forging Damascus steel—doubled over and red-hot.