At Dream Body Boot Camp, which was voted San Diego A-List's best boot camp of 2012, trainer Matthew Johnson and his staff of specialized trainers help patrons to quickly sculpt physiques into top form during indoor and outdoor workouts that pair cardio moves with strength-boosting exercises. Instead of painting muscle ripples onto participants’ abs, each of Johnson’s instructors draws from a kinesiology degree or a national personal-training certification when designing a new 60-minute workout each day. Before their first class, students meet with Johnson to get acquainted and set their fitness goals, such as looking good in a bikini or ripping through a T-shirt to reveal their swimsuit with one powerful body flex. In the course of 10 minutes, he asks clients what they’d like to achieve in class and how they’ve pursued their goals in the past.
Once the talking ends, the training begins, and the motivational instructors put patrons to work hefting dumbbells, straining against Trx suspension gear, and flipping giant tires end over end. Johnson and his trainers leave long runs out of their workouts, opting instead for tire hopping, jumping rope, and other dynamic exercises to elevate heart rates.
With thousands of personal-training sessions under his belt, Jon McQueen knows what he's doing when it comes to helping his clients reach their fitness goals. Along with fellow trainer Jim Castillo, McQueen heads up Elite Conditioning, where he offers sports-performance training, small-group training, and boot-camp classes. He and his gym are best known for their one-on-one personal-training sessions tailored to each participant. Under his encouraging eye, clients build muscle, burn fat, and boost endurance in order to run a marathon or qualify for a spot on the full-contact debate team.
CrossFit Irons is more than just a gym. Instead, the studio?which was founded by two brothers?aims to create a supportive community of students driven by the principles of CrossFit. The CrossFit method uses ever-changing combinations of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio exercises to create high-intensity workouts intended to build strength and stamina through repetition of varied functional movements. Most importantly, every individual has the ability to scale the load and intensity of the exercises. This ensures that students of virtually any fitness level can visit CrossFit Irons and safely challenge themselves within an encouraging, community-oriented environment.
Equipment: Pendlay barbells, Rogue pull-up rig, Concept2 rowers
Students should bring: Water, workout gear, minimalist shoes recommended
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Every movement and workout can be scaled to any persons fitness level and ability.
Party lighting and a booming sound system make evening classes at FIT! feel more like a celebration than a workout. But attendees reap all the physical benefits of a workout as instructors guide them through belly-dance classes that sculpt the abdominal muscles, as well as Zumba classes that can burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour. During Flirty Girl Fitness classes, students can even learn sensual dance moves featured in current music videos.
Cadence Cardio's stationary bikes help simulate a real cycling experience as participants of all fitness levels pedal their way to healthier physiques. Unlike many stationary frames that only let riders change the resistance level, the studio’s RealRyder bikes allow their occupants to steer, lean, and turn, just like they would on the road or while operating a remote-control bike. These movements aim to help students burn more calories by utilizing different muscles, though beginners are welcome to embrace the available technology at their own pace.