Group Exercise Greatness

Have you ever walked into a gym in San Diego and thought, “What should I do today… where do I start?” Meanwhile, you’re wracking your brain as to what exercises in San Diego to do while everyone around you seems like major-league fitness professionals. At Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego, we strive to make the best out of your time spent at our establishment. That’s exactly why we offer the best group fitness classes in San Diego, so you get the most out of your workout without having to think twice about what exercises to do. When coming to one of our group fitness classes in San Diego, whether it is a best relaxing yoga session or an intense resistance training class, you can guarantee an excellent and challenging workout with others that share similar health goals.

For those that already have a workout plan but sometimes have trouble mustering up the motivation to leave the couch, group fitness classes at Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego are the perfect way to replenish that energy! Exercising in groups in San Diego is a great solution to staying motivated; you’ll discover that as each trainer pushes you towards success, a surge of motivation and accomplishment will flow through you while members cheer on one another through the duration of the class – leaving you feeling completely satisfied with your workout.

Haven’t yet tried one of our classes at Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego? Not to worry! Just as the front desk for a class schedule or talk to one of our instructors about what classes would best suit your goals in San Diego. Working out shouldn’t be a chore – try one of our amazing classes to find out how fun and rewarding it can be!

 

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That Thing Called Yoga

One class was all I needed to justify my dislike for yoga.

 

 

I used to lift weights, occasionally go running and I rarely  stretched. That was all I needed (or so I thought). Stretching,  not to mention yoga, was something I deemed as torturous. I  couldn’t wrap my head around why someone would actually  want to twist themselves into an uncomfortable pretzel-like  position and hold, and hold some more.

Little did I know, every time I worked out without taking a few  minutes to stretch I was doing my body a great disservice.  Furthermore, every time I was offered to take a yoga class and  declined, I was missing out on an amazing physical and  spiritual experience.

One class was all I needed to change my perception of yoga.

Fast forward three years later to my fitness routine in San Diego; I still lift, I sometimes run, I do a lot of yoga and a lot of stretching. The benefits of including these two practices into my old routine are outstanding. So outstanding that it almost makes me mad at myself I didn’t practice these things sooner! Let me share a few of the reasons why you might want to include stretching and or yoga in San Diego into your workout regimen:

One: I can touch my toes. It’s time to say, goodbye kneecaps, hello toes! Fred Turok, chairman of the LA Fitness gym chain which commissioned research for a recent study, states: “Fitness levels in this country are reaching danger levels – not being able to touch your toes sounds laughable, but it is really a national tragedy.”

Two: My muscles are leaner and stronger. Though there are numerous benefits of the physical practice of yoga in San Diego, one advantage of a regular practice is an increase in muscle strength, tone, and weight loss. Michael Winokur, author for The Yoga Journal writes, “when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.”

Three: My mental health has improved ten-fold. You know that little voice in your head that tells you that you’re late for an appointment, or that you have too many things to do, or that you’re tired – we’ll I’ve finally figured out a way of shutting mine up. Granted – it’s still very much present; however, yoga and Pranayama (breathing) has taught me how to calm the activity in my head and control thoughts rather than letting them control me. Ultimately, I have given myself a chance to find rejuvenation through the silencing of the mind. “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind” – Pantañjali.

If you read this and think, “YES, I am going to do yoga tomorrow!” Then my job here is complete. However, my heart’s intention is not to convince everyone to do yoga right away. My intention is to simply invite you to have an open mind and ask yourself if practicing yoga in San Diego would benefit either your physical body and/ or mental well-being.

 

 

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Breath Slower

When people get frustrated, intense, nervous, angry and all those other emotional states that cause disease and stress within the body, they begin to breath faster. If we can pause…take a deep breath… we begin to see the situation and our own reactions in a clearer light. Every single living human, every single minute of every single day, takes 8-12 breaths per minute. If the breath is something so consistent and so vital to our everyday life, perhaps we should give it a closer look.

Being that I spend a lot of time helping people reach their health and lifestyle goals here in San Diego, I get many opportunities to hear what motivates people to run that extra mile and rep out their last set…and over the course of 10 years only one person has asked me to address his breathing issues, and that is because his wife said if he continues to snore as he does she will be forced to move out.

Even though the two main breathing muscles, the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles, cannot be seen… by no means justifies that they shouldn’t be trained. Stop right now and breath in for 8 seconds…feel how your chest expands, you puff up and you feel more alert, right? Imagine if you everyday you gave yourself a chance to have a full deep breath! There are hundreds of ways to train those deep breathing muscles and train our bodies to be more and more efficient with how we consume oxygen. Start doing a little research on pranayama or step into a yoga practice and let your body and mind expand!

 

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Yoga Can Fight Depression

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression. This means 1 out of every 10 people you know has depression.

How can you make a difference?

In Ekhart Tolle’s bestseller, A New Earth he describes the global pain body. In a nutshell the pain you experience affects everyone and this pain body is growing everyday. If you choose awareness, positivity and happiness in any given situation not only will you help your own psyche but the psyche for other people.

If you are ever feeling low on mood or on energy grab your yoga mat and water bottle and rock your asanas because yoga will scientifically improve your mood.

According to Yoga Health Foundation Low brain levels of the neurotransmitter GABA are often found in people with depression; Yoga can boost GABA. Preliminary research out of the Boston University School of Medicine found that healthy subjects who practiced yoga for one hour had a 27 percent increase in levels of GABA compared with a control group that simply sat and read for an hour. This supports a growing body of research that’s proving yoga can significantly improve mood and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Let me give you a couple of poses you can try that will immediately increase your happiness.

 

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Achey Muscles

The Point Loma Sports Club staff did the Spartan Race on Saturday, January 25th in San Diego. 

We had so much fun crawling under barbed wire, jumping over inverted walls, swimming through muddy waters and lugging cinder blocks up rocky, mountanous tundra.

I definitely gave it my 100% effort and pushed my body to the max so that I could stick with Point Loma Sports Club Spartan Race head trainer and super star Brandon Faulkner.

I thought for sure by now my body would be recovered but I am incredibly sore.

Thank heaven’s for our Yoga classes which Increase oxygenation of tissuesImproves joint healthNourishes Inter-vertebral discsImproves return of venous blood, and increases circulation of lymph.

Plus I am spending more focused time with the foam rollers.  As I iron out the wrinkles in my rumpled musculature.

 

Look forward to seeing you in the yoga room and the stretching sanctuary.

 

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