Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio?s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that?s not straight from their rooftop, they?ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they?re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.
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.
The CrossFit workout was designed to challenge exercise newbies and bodybuilders alike. At CrossFit San Diego, the trainers accomplish this feat not by creating new exercises for each client, but by tailoring the intensity of the exercises. That means adding more weights to barbells, or having clients flip either giant or Micro
Machines tires. The functional-fitness classes also make use of gymnastics rings, rowing machines, and plyometric boxes. Clients work out in a large, warehouse-like space with bright graffiti murals on the walls, and sometimes trainers even take the workouts outside for some open-air exercise.
What makes it great: A heated yoga studio allows for deeper stretches and toxin release, while a rooftop pool lets visitors swim laps in the shadow of PETCO Stadium. There are also plenty of reasons to pencil in a post-workout break—an outdoor firepit, dry sauna, steam room, and sun deck, to name just a few.
Downtown Fitness World?s trainers use the entire city as their gym, holding their private workout sessions on streets or in parks across beautiful San Diego. Thanks to the weather?s sunny disposition, they train clients year-round, putting together customized fitness regimens or teaching a specific skill, such as yoga or kettlebell lifting. For pure cardio exercise, they invite customers to join them on dog jogs, where humans and their dogs can experience the joys of good exercise, fresh air, and the sight of frightened pigeons together.
Instructors lead morning, afternoon, and evening boot-camp classes at West Coast Fitness SD. In addition to leading core training and stretching exercises, the staffers build custom meal plans and fitness plans for their clients.