Top Ten San Diego Gyms & Health Clubs
The future of fighting holiday flubber starts today, not tomorrow. Thankfully, it turns out you don’t need to undergo excruciating physical pain in order to achieve your desired goal.
From Victory MMA and FIT Athletic Club to Chuze Fitness, we’ve tried and tested, hunted and gathered San Diego’s most innovative boutique gyms and fitness trends that will inspire locals to get back on the right track to good health now. Are you ready for this?
Most of these functional fitness oriented workouts not only strengthen your muscles but also trim and tone from the inside out to service your everyday tasks. Get rid of your boring treadmill routine and discover the latest industry revelations in SPX Pilates, Gravity, Zumba, Power Boxing, Muay Thai and more. Start the New Year with a new you, with a little help from ten of our favorite San Diego gyms.
FIT Athletic Club in East Village
Fit Athletic Club is more than just a gym; it’s a lifestyle brand that promotes healthy and inspired living, offering the best trainers, group classes, equipment, facilities, perks and parties in the region. With its luxe flagship San Diego outpost located in East Village and two new club acquisitions in North County (former Frog’s fitness centers in Solana Beach and Carmel Mountain), Fit caters to every type of fitness enthusiast. Over $2 million will be invested in each new facility to ensure that they, too, reflect Fit’s signature aesthetic and offerings: spa-inspired changing rooms, the latest and best new equipment, the addition of in-store and online health food marketplaces, and upgraded childcare facilities and programs. But fear not, Downtowners: in spite of Fit’s ambitious plans to dominate the San Diego market, Fit’s outdoor pool deck in Downtown San Diego will remain the starting point of many a summer soiree, and the members-only Fit Perx Program (which offers discounts at hundreds of local restaurants, spas and retailers) will only get bigger and better. It’s no wonder Fit members love their gym: with incredible staff, unbelievable member benefits, ample opportunities to mingle and every convenience imaginable, Fit is San Diego’s premier destination for healthy living. Learn more at fitathletic.com.
Victory MMA and Fitness in Point Loma
Victory MMA and Fitness is the ultimate San Diego sweat-spot for Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, CrossFit classes, professional training and much more. If you’re looking for an alternative fitness exercise, check out the Muay Thai, kickboxing or yoga classes, and if you’re a pro-in-the-making trying to take your fighting skills to the next level, there are plenty of personal trainers to lead you there. Learn more at victorygyms.com.
Barry’s Bootcamp in Hillcrest
The secret weapon workout of the Hollywood stars arrived in Hillcrest a few years ago, and it’s continuing to transform bodies today. Known for its high-energy tempo, Barry’s Bootcamp clients enter into a small-sized gym with expert instructors leading them through an intense one-hour workout. The program delivers a power-packed dose of fat burning cardio work on state-of-the-art treadmills, intermingled with powerful sculpting strength training. All Barry’s Bootcamp classes are one hour, and each class includes 25 to 30 minutes of interval cardiovascular routines on the treadmills and 25-30 minutes of strength training using free weights and other equipment. It works for Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles, and it will definitely work for you in San Diego. Learn more at barrysbootcamp.com. (Main image)
The Bar Method in Point Loma
Unlike aerobics and cross-training techniques of former decades, The Bar Method combines the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely slims and strengthens the entire body. The Bar Method workout creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles. The class is a one-hour, total body workout that starts with a warm-up, free-weight exercises and push-ups and moves on to intense leg and seat work at the bar, then abdominal work at the bar and on mats. Every exercise includes active stretching and is followed by additional stretching to elongate the muscles just worked. Learn more at barmethod.com.
in Pacific Beach
With an MBA from Seattle University and advanced certifications for both weight training and Pilates, celebrity fitness instructor Sebastien Lagree pioneered the first Pilates Plus Studio in September of 2001 and quickly gained popularity amongst Hollywood’s elite. The highly applauded SPX Pilates Plus workout routine has been featured on ET, E! News, Extra, Access Hollywood and has an elite celebrity clientele following including Nicole Kidman, Brooke Burke, Sheryl Crow, Elizabeth Hurley, Ben Stiller and more. This innovative and effective fitness method is the optimal workout for individuals who want to quickly achieve a sleek, defined physique. Largely based on the holistic principles of Pilates, SPX incorporates elements of strength training and cardio regimens not inherent to Pilates to achieve muscle definition faster than traditional Pilates and/or weight training alone. Best of all, these incredibly efficient and effective classes take as little as 40 minutes. Learn more at pilatespluspb.com.
La Jolla Sports Club in La Jolla Catering to the La Jolla community, the Sports Club is located just blocks from the beach on Fay Avenue in downtown La Jolla Village. From trend-setting group classes and fitness programs to serene spa services, adept physical therapy, and even childcare, La Jolla Sports Club offers the best of the best to its dedicated members. Try some of the most popular classes, ranging from adult fitness and cardio sculpt, to body conditioning, Pilates, yoga, spin, cardio kickboxing and Zumba. Learn more at lajollasportsclub.com.
Chuze Fitness at various locations
With multiple gyms throughout San Diego County, Chuze Fitness is one of the most accessible and most affordable choices for your workout regimen. Top-of-the-line machines will get patrons buff while tanning beds get you bronzed and hydro-massage machines rejuvenate your body. The gym started in Carlsbad in 2008, and continues their family-owned and operated growth through San Diego County and into Tucson and Orange County. Personalized trainers can help you reach your goals effectively and group classes offer a variety of ways to shape up, including Zumba, barre, yoga sculpt, kickboxing and cycling. Value memberships start at just $9.99 per month. Learn more at chuzefitness.com.
Aire Urban Performance in downtown San Diego Aire Urban Performance is a San Diego fitness club of seasoned athletic and wellness experts with real world experience there to help you accomplish your goals-whether you’re a competitive athlete training for a triathlon or a fitness novice wanting to drop two dress sizes. With five exercise boutiques under one sleek, urban roof and 120 classes per month, you can mix and match classes-Pilates, TRX, spinning, yoga, and cycling-as you prefer. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, Aire Urban Performance Co Operative features a 1,650 square foot group exercise room, 1,500 square foot strength and cardio center, Pilates reformers, CycleOps Cycling, indoor rowing, as well as a treatment room, café, and full-service locker rooms with showers. Learn more at airesd.com.
Breakaway Cycle in La Jolla
The high-powered indoor cycling studio trend took San Diego by storm. The studio upgrades the cycling experience with state-of-the-art equipment paired with high-energy music and visuals, as well as upscale amenities like complimentary water bottles and clean towels. Located in La Jolla, they encourage fitness fanatics to “ride outside the box” and transform your workout into a highly-addictive, fun experience. Each workout is approximately an hour long in a studio with modern amenities and state-of-the-art equipment. Learn more at breakawaycycle.com
Broadway Athletic and Swim Club in downtown San Diego
Broadway Athletic and Swim Club is now open in downtown San Diego, boasting 16,000 square feet of luxury fitness equipment and amenities. The full-service gym offers a wide range of group training classes, ranging from cardio dance and barre, to super spin, yoga boot camp, zumba, pilates and more. 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 now open on West Broadway. Learn more at broadwayathletic.com
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