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.
At Kaia F.I.T., a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their F.I.T. sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular F.I.T. program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing classes. With high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, members can burn up to 1,000 calories per class, while enhancing cardio and building lean muscle. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to heavy punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Participants can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound boxing skills, or just torch calories during intense and non-contact total-body Power Hour workouts.
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.
Fitn is a leader in the social fitness movement, which strives to make exercising a more exciting and interactive experience while keeping it simple. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the app connects users to a fitness network of nearly 100 participating gyms and exercise studios around the San Diego area?from downtown and Mission Valley to Carlsbad and Pacific Beach. Once connected, members can search for gyms and classes by distance, intensity, and style, and then reserve a spot using the single membership. The sheer number of facilities in Fitn's network, described in this Discover SD article,
creates a buffet of fitness opportunities ranging from Pilates and yoga to aerial fitness and CrossFit classes, inviting members to explore new types of exercise styles and connect with new people along the way. Click here to learn more about Fitn.
Ignite Me's studio's functional training center boasts TRX suspension harnesses and medicine balls. But like the people using them, these particular pieces of equipment may get a bit more of a workout than those at most gyms. That's because the schedule at Ignite Me includes more than 30 group workout classes a week, plus intense personal and small group training sessions.