Fitness gym boot camps may be one of the fastest ways to go from zero to fit. The setup is simple enough: A La Jolla Sports Club Staff trainer leads a group of clients through an intense hour of cardio and functional-strength training. The secret lies in the circuit-style workout that toggles between cardio and muscle building. This leaves little if any down time, and the shuffling of routines prevents boredom and exercise ruts. For people willing to put in the work, boot camps enable exercisers to see results quickly, the better to stay motivated.
Boot camps have some special features. Many are held outdoors and often incorporate common environmental features such as stairs or ledges for cardio as well as functional exercises using only body weight or free weights. Encouragement comes not just from the instructor, but also from the other participants, who cheer and clap for fellow campers. And people are often paired or grouped for friendly competitions, fostering a camaraderie and support not usually found in regular fitness classes.
Clark Gracie is a member of the family synonymous with the art of Jiu Jitsu. He’s a brown belt with the Clark Gracie Team, four-time national Jiu Jitsu champions. Clark was trained under his father, Carley Gracie, who is known today as one of the most technical instructors in the discipline. Clark Gracie has found a home here at the La Jolla Health Fitness Gym, where he is the resident Jiu Jitsu instructor.
Jiu Jitsu is the art and skill of controlling and resisting opponents in ways that force them to submit. Because the majority of physical confrontations end up on the ground, combined with the fact that control is generally easier on the ground, much of the technique of Jiu Jitsu focuses on taking the opponent down to the ground with the idea of leveraging dominant control positions that render the opponent helpless.
Classes are taught five times a week. Come and try an introductory class, we’re confident that Jiu Jitsu will not only become a new favorite La Jolla Sports Club Fitness program, but also one of the most cherished and enjoyable aspects of your life. It will give you a confidence, knowledge, body dexterity and fitness that a few people will ever know.
Spin classes are a great way to get in a vigorous workout — burning calories and keeping your muscles in shape — especially during the off-season. If you love exercising on a bike and being pushed by other spin-enthusiasts including a La Jolla Health Fitness Trainer, this could be a satisfying alternative to your normal routine.
- An effective workout
- Allows you to train in the off-season if you are a serious cyclist
- Varied routines keep things fresh
- Great for all ability levels
- You’re not outside and lose that relaxing aspect of a bike ride
- Classes can become monotonous
- If you don’t like exercising with others, you will not enjoy being surrounded by people in one room
Spin classes are done in a La Jolla Health Fitness Center Gym fitness studio, with various light and music settings to create an energized atmosphere. Instructors guide participants through workout phases. Warm-up, steady up-tempo cadences, sprints, climbs, cool-downs, etc. You control resistance on your bike to make the pedaling as easy or difficult as you choose. Constantly adjusting your resistance is normal. All you’ll need is normal workout clothes, a towel and a water bottle. Check it out!
ASHTANGA & POWER YOGA
Ashtanga, which means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of poses is performed, always in the same order. Ashtanga practice is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next. In yoga terminology, this movement is called flow. Ashtanga is also the inspiration for what is often called Power Yoga. If a fitness class is described as Power Yoga, it will be based on the flowing style of Ashtanga, but not necessarily keep strictly to the set Ashtanga series of poses.
Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into alignment.
The emphasis in Kundalini is on the breath in conjunction with physical movement, with the purpose of freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. All asana practices make use of controlling the breath. But in Kundalini, the exploration of the effects of the breath (also called prana, meaning energy) on the postures is essential. Kundalini uses rapid, repetitive movements rather than poses held for a long time, and the teacher will often lead the class in call and response chanting.
La Jolla Sports Club Fitness Gym offers a variety of yoga classes all day throughout the week. Start getting stronger and more balanced today.
There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. Although all of the styles are based on the same physical postures (called poses), each has a particular emphasis. Here is a quick guide to the most popular types of yoga that can help you decode the schedule at your La Jolla Health Fitness Center gym and figure out which class is right for you.
Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga poses.
Like Hatha, Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, tends to be a more vigorous-style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that’s done at the end of class.
Check out the La Jolla Health Fitness Yoga Gym schedule to see what yoga class fits you can join today!
According to experts, some of the new trends we see this year in fitness, exercise and nutrition are predicted to stay around as trends for the next several years to come as Americans are slowly but surely realizing that our country needs to make health and wellness more of a focus. And regardless of the fact that we have less time to exercise (because many of us have to work harder and longer these days), the changes we make now should be changes we keep in place. So instead of diets and bootcamps- make them lifestyle choices. Below are two of the fitness and exercise trends that Paige Whainer from About.com believes will continue well into the upcoming decade.
Group Training, Fitness and Exercise Classes
Group fitness has always been popular and that trend continues into 2010 with the prediction that even more of us will turn to small-group training and fitness gym classes to stay in shape.
Group fitness can be more motivating than working out alone. Not only do you draw on the energy of others exercising around you, you have a specific date and time to show up for your workouts – a good idea if you need extra motivation. There’s also a competitive environment in group La Jolla Sports Club fitness programs, nudging you to work a little harder than you would on your own. Just a few classes you may see at your local La Jolla Health Fitness Center gym include:
- Adult Fitness
- Cardio/Strength training
- Dance classes (Kid’s and adult dance)
- Core Conditioning
- Personal Training
Along these lines, we’ll also see more interest in living a healthy lifestyle. While we’ll stay focused on our weight (because, let’s face it, the scale isn’t going anywhere), we’ll also implement more of the healthy behaviors we need to feel good on a more consistent basis.