San Diego's fitness scene has long been imagined, even idolized, as simple long stretches of sandy beaches crowded with runners. But two San Diego spots are showing the rest of the country that there's an indoor gym culture alive and thriving here, too. Women's Health magazine has chosen Barry's Bootcamp and Fitness Quest 10 to be featured in their latest national fitness honors.
The health magazine just released their 2013 Fitness Awards, showcasing the top 29 gyms across 18 cities including New York, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and our own San Diego. The best sweat spots were chosen by the editors from over 700 nominations submitted by fitness experts and Women's Health readers.
Barry's Bootcamp in Hillcrest (1220 Cleveland Ave.) churns out fitness warriors through their hour-long interval training classes that switch between treadmill drills and free weight strength training. The idea is to continually "shock" the body by switching up routines often, improving the cardiovascular system and building strong muscles. Barry's is also a secret of the stars, gaining praise from Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston. Classes run throughout the day with multiple options to target arms, abs, butt, legs and shoulders. Women's Health magazine describes Barry's as feeling "like you're walking into a night club-only instead of wearing stilettos and sipping cocktails, you're sweating through your tank and blasting calories with a blend of treadmill intervals and strength training." Learn more at barrysbootcamp.com
Fitness Quest 10 (10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd. Suite C-7) received its recognition for strength coach Todd Durkin. Durkin's dream was to build a studio that combined personal training, sports performance, coaching, teaching and rehabilitation. Since 2000, Fitness Quest 10 has grown and served San Diego with athlete performance programs, Pilate and yoga classes, nutritional guidance, life-success coaching and more comprehensive approaches to overall wellness. Fitness Quest 10 is also the home of many NFL, MLB, Olympic and NCAA athletes. The magazine commends Durkin for his "all-in training approach that drives results-from Super Bowl rings to shedding those lingering post-pregnancy pounds." Learn more at fitnessquest10.com
The Women's Health 2013 Fitness Awards also include top picks for sportswear, exercise equipment, fitness apps and exercise shoes. Read more at womenshealthmag.com.