It’s once again the time to wipe last year’s slate clean and make healthy resolutions to get and stay fit well beyond the New Year. Sometimes it’s easier to promise giving up those holiday eating habits and blasé exercise routines than to actually follow through. But this year, San Diego gyms are offering creative programs to help you jump-start positive habits and avoid abandoning workouts throughout 2013.
From Pilates, yoga and mixed martial arts to bootcamps, personal training and group fitness classes in luxury mega-gyms, San Diego has it all. Exercising is more than a commitment to health and wellness; it’s a lifestyle, and we have inside scoop on the top spots for making your resolutions last.
Discover this year’s best San Diego fitness tips and trends
Breakaway is one of the newest cycling studios to hit San Diego and encourage fitness fanatics to ride outside the box. The cycling experience is upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment, high energy music, stunning visuals, complimentary water bottles and clean towels. Each workout is about an hour long and designed to challenge every level of fitness. Classes include Move-It Monday, Structured Endurance, Back to Basics, Adrenaline and more. Breakaway Cycle is located at 7777 Fay Avenue in La Jolla. For more information, visit breakawaycycle.com.
Fitness fads may come and go, but bootcamp workouts are here to stay, and for good reason. To get out of the traditional gym environment and into a team-oriented atmosphere, check out Barry’s Bootcamp. Established as the best workout by Hollywood stars and San Diego locals alike, this bootcamp provides high-energy intervals and immediate results. Combining powerhouse music with a get-down-to-business trainer, you are sure to get and stay motivated while having a good time. Classes are 50-minutes long and target different muscle groups daily, from arms and abs to shoulders and back, improving the cardiovascular system and helping to lose weight and build muscle. Barry’s Bootcamp is located at 1220 Cleveland Avenue in Hillcrest. For more information, call 619.906.4455 or visit Barry’s Bootcamp. (Main image)
Post-holidays, we all could use a little body sculpting and chiseling. Designed by professional dancer and choreographer Andrea Rogers, the Xtend Barre workout is a premier ballet experience based on the Pilates principles of stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision. Multi-level classes challenge all body types while sculpting each body part equally, leading to proportion, elongation and strength. Xtend Barre can do wonders to your posture and is known to improve health and emotional wellbeing. There are Xtend Barre studios in Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas and Poway. For more information, visit Xtend Barre.
For those looking to literally kick their ass into shape, this mixed martial arts (MMA) facility is where you can let that inner aggression and competitive drive loose. Combining weight training, boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu, self-defense and cross-fit training, you can expect a results-oriented experience unlike the typical health club. Victory is a premier MMA-gym featuring a fully equipped facility with cutting-edge training and fitness. You’ll find cardio machines, resistance machines, free weights, nutrition counseling and private training. This hot exercise spot promotes self-confidence, physical agility and strength. Aside from the high-intensity, fighting-based workouts, fitness fanatics can also find yoga classes and ab conditioning. Victory is located at 3666 Midway Drive. For more information, call 866.579.4853 or visit Victory MMA and Fitness.
This newer downtown super gym boasts 16,000 square feet of luxury fitness equipment and amenities. The full-service facility offers a wide range of group training classes ranging from Cardio Dance and Barre, to Sculpt and Spin, Yoga Sculpt, Zumba, Pilates and Strength Express. On the floor, check out high-tech advances in state-of-the-art equipment. More perks include a spa-inspired locker room with steam, sauna and showers, a spacious outdoor sun deck and lap pool, and free Wi-Fi. Broadway Athletic and Swim Club is located at 501 West Broadway. For more information, call 619.955.8411 or visit broadwayathletic.com.
The chic FIT Athletic Club offers unmatched downtown lifestyle vibes. With top-notch personal trainers, spa-like amenities, a variety of group classes, an outdoor pool lounge and premium equipment, it’s no wonder that FIT continues to attract many of San Diego’s young, urban professionals. Oh, and the direct view into PETCO Park during Padres baseball games doesn’t hurt, either. Martial arts, yoga, group meditation, Aquafit, Pilates, and endurance rides are all offered through the group fitness class program. FIT is located at 350 10th Avenue in downtown San Diego’s East Village. For more information, call 619.764.5348 or visit FIT Athletic Club.
Whether you are a stranger to downward dog or a full-blown yogi, CorePower Yoga is helping San Diegans create strength and flexibility, lose weight and make a positive life change. Combining heat, music, movement, deep breathing, meditation, balance and deep stretching, this is the place to visit to warm up your core and build strength from the inside out. CorePower also offers yoga teacher training. Suiting all shapes, sizes and ages, each yoga session heals, detoxifies, and harmonizes the body and mind. CorePower offers studio locations all across San Diego, including La Jolla / UTC, Encinitas, Point Loma, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Pacific Beach and North Park. For information, visit Corepower Yoga.
VAVi Sport & Social Club
Far more than a basic sports club, VAVi offers a huge variety of sports leagues, fitness and dance classes, social events and volunteer opportunities. Locals can sign up to join the fun in flag football, dodgeball, bowling, kayaking, social running club, Zumba, beach bootcamp and a hiking club. With over 25 different sports leagues, there’s something for everyone to get moving in the new year. VAVi Sport & Social Club is a key place to get to know healthy-minded and fun-seeking San Diegans. To view the full schedule of leagues, classes and events, visit govavi.com.
Back issues can be a pain of the past, as Pilates Plus Pacific Beach is committed to improving the health, wellness and fitness of all types of bodies. Whether you have chronic back pain, painful joints or a severe medical condition, this Pilates studio is flexible and dedicated to improving your body’s form. Combining weight training’s strength and toning benefits with the lengthening and postural benefits of Pilates, SPX Fitness workouts keep the heart rate up and body fat down. Members can increase body awareness while improving symmetry and coordination. The SPX Fitness workout builds core stability through resistance and counter-resistance sequences, toning and elongating muscles while restoring natural balance. Pilates Plus is located at 1015 Turquoise St. STE #1 in north Pacific Beach. For more information, call 888.499.1523 or visit Pilates Plus PB.
Zumba has made a big mark on the fitness world and isn’t going anywhere soon. To trick yourself into an intense cardio workout, get your booty on the dance floor in one of Party Fitness’ many Zumba classes. With the help of some Latin music and a high-energy teacher guiding you through the dance styles of meringue, salsa, chacha, mambo and more, you’ll be hitting aerobic highs in no time. Party Fitness offers a variety of Zumba classes including Zumba Toning, Zumbatomic for kids, and Zumba Gold for older participants. Ditch the boring workout and join the party. Party Fitness is located at 8589 Aero Drive, Suite 103. For more information, visit partyzumba.com.
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