Fitness to Look Forward To 5

Three local studios that’ll help you keep those resolutions this year.

The Holidays are festive, familial and indulgent. So, as the new year gets started, people across the country vow to improve themselves. Most commonly, they resolve to lead healthier lifestyles, and undo all of the gluttony and leisure associated with winter.

Fitness goals are typically on everyone’s list of resolutions. They also prove to be the toughest to stick with. By the time fall rolls back around, many people can’t recall the last time they exercised. Lucky for us San Clemente residents, there are some local options that are unique, and more likely to have you keep your word than a typical gym membership would.

OrangeTheory

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of Orangetheory. There are many locations nationwide, in part, because of the science behind it. Each class offers one hour of HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training) where members alternate between different cardio and strength exercises (running, weightlifting, etc.). This whole process is catered to the individual through heart-rate monitoring. Class members wear devices that record and display their heart rates in real time, allowing them to maintain a target heart rate that stimulates their metabolisms for hours post-workout. If you’ve heard of it, but have never taken a class, you might’ve been intimidated by the image of pedestaled trainers with microphones, leading a class full of bodies that look like those of professional athletes.

“The number one thing I hear from people is that they’re scared…I was even scared [before] and I was active,” said Heidi Smith, who is Studio Manager at the San Clemente location.

DESPITE ITS PERCEIVED INTENSITY, SHE ASSURES THAT THERE’S NOTHING TO BE INTIMIDATED BY, BECAUSE, “IT’S LIKE PERSONAL TRAINING IN A GROUP SETTING.” ORANGE THEORY’S SCIENTIFIC APPROACH MAKES IT BOTH INDIVIDUALIZED AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. THAT’S WHY IT HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL: PEOPLE OF VARYING GENDERS, AGES (SC LOCATION HAS MEMBERS IN THEIR 70’S AND UP), AND BODY TYPES CAN FIND THEIR STRIDE, AND CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

In their own way, Heidi exclaims: “everybody becomes an athlete!”

First-timers get their first session for free, so get to San-Clemente.OrangeTheoryFitness.com and sign-up before your resolutions start to feel neglected. 

Salt Fitness @ Pacific Strength

Emily Prindiville is a local trainer with a very sincere drive to help people get in their best shape. After becoming certified in personal training, and working in a less intimate fitness environment at Gold’s Gym, she decided to dedicate her career to being “more focused on just the health aspect than the appearance aspect,” of exercise.

“It’s more valuable to be able to stand at work and not leave with pain, than it is to be a size zero,” she says.

So, a few years ago she founded Salt Fitness, where she’s taking an approach to fitness that’s less about vanity, and more about giving people the tools to function better. That’s why she uses the TRX system, a fixed resistance band used for body-weight training. One can do pull-ups, push-ups, planks and more. The TRX allows her to create a full-body workout that caters to the goals of her clients, so that both an elderly person looking for the strength to lift things at home, and an athlete trying to build significant muscle mass, can get what they need from her sessions. In addition to the resistance bands, Emily does some free weight training, and advises her clients on what cardio or stretching they should do on their days outside the studio.

“FITNESS IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL,” SHE SAID, LAUGHING AND SHAKING HER HEAD A BIT. ALTHOUGH IT’S CLICHE, IT’S TRUE. “MOST PEOPLE JUST WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN…THAT’S ALWAYS MY BIGGEST GOAL.”

Her Salt Fitness brand runs out of the Pacific Strength Studio on El Camino Real. It’s a cozy space equipped with a small “daycare” area for anyone who might need to bring their kids along. Support a passionate local trainer, and make meaningful progress on your fitness goals. Head to SaltFitStudio.com and book a session today. 

COPA (Conservatory of Performing Arts)

For those looking to get active in a way that fuels them creatively — Kristen Ruth founded COPA. Kristen was a teacher who focused on performance art for some time. Having seen the impact performance can have on people, she decided to open COPA last June. They’re offering classes in acting, music, and dance. Getting involved in these art forms is already a fantastic way for someone of any age to stay active and creatively stimulated, but Kristen’s vision includes even more than that. COPA hosts fitness classes in the mornings and evenings, including: yoga, acro-yoga (a type of yoga that builds strength and relieves stress) and ballroom dance (among other forms of dance). They’re also in the process of installing silks, so they can offer classes in aerial yoga, which, similar to acro-yoga is a fun acrobatic way to increase flexibility and strength.

“IT’S A ONE STOP SHOP…ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR TRADITIONAL GYM,” KRISTEN SAYS, ADDING: “SAY YOU COME IN WITH A COUPLE OF KIDS AND ONE KID’S TAKING BALLET, WHILE THE OTHER KID’S TAKING ACTING, AND MOM’S TAKING YOGA.” 

Movement is such an important aspect of your health, so why not choose a method that’s unique, especially if it feels right? For those who don’t mesh well with traditional gyms or personal training, COPA is the solution to your desire to get moving in a way that truly motivates you to stick to it. Visit CopaOC.com to get involved!

Skate Fit

Thanks to John Clark and his boombox, in-line skating is trending in San Clemente. Last year, after John celebrated his 50th birthday, he decided it was time to pick up an old hobby. So, he bought some in-line skates and eventually got into the habit of skating a 10k everyday. He began inviting people to join him, and since popularity surged, Skate Fit was born. The group, which sees numbers as high as 40, meets Saturdays and Sundays at 7am, and Wednesdays at 6pm to skate six miles on the protected bike path along PCH. Six miles on skates isn’t something to be intimidated by. In-line skating is the perfect workout for anyone looking to do low-impact cardio, and Skate Fit is particularly fitting for anyone looking to take in the ocean breeze and have a blast while they exercise. Anyone on wheels is welcome, including those on boards and quad skates.

“IT’S FITNESS, IT’S FUN, AND IT’S SAFE…ONE OF THE KEYS IS HAVING A GREAT PLAYLIST,” JOHN SAYS. 

Now, this hobby John re-introduced into his life last year, has officially become an organization to watch. They’re including circuit exercises and stretches to do (off the skates). They even have multiple Skate Fit trainers, who were recently taught in-line skate coaching and given proper insurance coverage (similar to any personal trainer). John also partnered with COA to form COASkate, which will provide skates, gear and certified youth skate instructors. 

Whether you’re an adult who hasn’t been on a pair of skates in decades, or a kid looking to try something fresh; Skate Fit wants you to come along for the roll. Check out Skate.Fit to join the fun!