In This Corner: The Helix 3000 Lateral Trainer

Today I want to introduce you to the Helix 3000 Lateral Trainer! Unlike most cardio machines that typically go forward and backward, the Helix 3000 Lateral Trainer moves the body laterally in a figure 8 motion. This results in stronger muscles of the hip joint and an incredible method to shape both inner and outer thighs. This is done by the clockwise motion, which works the entire leg in 360 degrees of motion.

“The Helix delivers strength training caliber results while blasting fat and calories. You will get the equivalent of a 60-minute workout in just 30-minutes, says a representative from Helix 3000.” In addition, there is zero learning curve. The Helix is user-friendly and completely non-intimidating.

At Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego, we pride ourselves in offering unique equipment that our members will not see in other health clubs in San Diego. The Helix 3000 Lateral Trainer is an innovative machine that once incorporated into your workout program, can be a valuable tool to help you achieve your goals. Very similar to the slide board, the Helix 3000 is a very functional piece of equipment for lateral movement and is used widely by not only fitness clients, but athletes of all levels. Our body moves in 3 planes of motion, by incorporating the Helix 3000 Lateral Trainer, you will now train your body in 3 planes of motion.

Three Rules for Achieving Your Goal

If you’re looking to make progress in the gym and achieve your fitness goals, there are three rules for success. The same tips have universal benefits no matter if your goal is performance enhancement, body composition alteration, or both. The three main focus points for continued progress in the gym are; Programming, Consistency, and Intensity.

Having a program customized to fit your goals is crucial. There should be no guessing within your routine, but the average gym goer doesn’t have a set plan of attack when they enter a workout. Every exercise should have a place in helping you achieve your goals. This is why it’s important to seek out help from a qualified fitness professional who can not only show you what to do, but also why you should do it and the science behind it.

The best program in the world has little benefit unless you remain consistent to that routine. This means not making excuses for missing workouts. Some days it may be inevitable, but overall try to almost never miss two scheduled workouts in a row. This is what separates those making progress from those wishing they were. If you missed 21 scheduled workouts over the course of last year, it may not have seemed like much week-by-week, but most likely it has played a part in why you haven’t met your goals.

Intensity throughout workouts is a big factor in what separates your average fitness enthusiasts. Intensity means maintaining constant focus, energy, and desire to accomplish every task at hand throughout the entire workout. Without bringing intensity to your workout, it is difficult to progress. When putting all you’ve got into each workout, your progress will blow away the others who just go through the motions.

Allowing yourself to take advantage of these tips is crucial for the progress you’re looking for. In conclusion, seek out a program in line with your goals, keep consistent with what you’re doing, and bring your best to every workout in San Diego.

Benefits of TRX Training

The TRX Suspension Trainer is one of the most effective pieces of equipment any fitness facility can offer in San Diego.  The TRX gives a complete workout within a fraction of time you spend jumping from machine to machine with a traditional workout routine.

The TRX is one of the ultimate tools to attaining your dream physique. No body part is left untrained with proper use of the TRX. There are hundreds of different exercises you can perform using only your own bodyweight!  Everyone, from the complete beginner to an advanced level athlete, can reap the benefits of the TRX Suspension Trainer!

Not only are we able to positively change our appearance, this revolutionary piece of equipment will also improve every aspect of our fitness such as strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and much more in San Diego.  From a functional aspect, it is the perfect tool, as it trains your core with almost every movement and gives you the ability to train in multiple planes of motion as well.

For a complete lesson on how to properly use the TRX, Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego offers TRX group classes with every membership for any level of fitness, led by elite level personal trainers in San Diego. We invite you to come to our facility in San Diego for a complimentary workout to first hand experience the benefits of the TRX in San Diego.


Your body is always striving for growth and survival.  Actually, it would be more accurate to say growth or survival.  When you are stressed, your body reacts as if you are really in danger.  As a result, it will turn off the growth in favor of survival.  You may not realize how important growth is for your survival.  Every day billions of cells in your body wear out and have to be replaced.  To accomplish this, your body needs significant amounts of energy.  In response to a threat, real or imagined, your body will turn off its growth mechanism in favor of its survival mechanism. It cannot do both at the same time.  When you are stressed, your body diverts energy from your tissues and vital organs.  The longer you stay in the protection mode (stressed), the more you consume energy reserves which are needed for growth.  As soon as you feel stress, your adrenal glands secrete “stress hormones”, which immediately constrict the digestive tract and force life sustaining blood into your arms and legs, so you can fight off or run from the impending threat. Before this stress happened, your blood was being supplied to your vital organs, and now, with a lack of blood to nourish them due to the stress, these vital organs are unable to engage in growth related functions.

The immune system also needs energy.  Just think about your energy levels when your immune system is fighting off a cold or the flu.  Well…when you are stressed, the energy that should be supplied to your immune system is being diverted to deal with this impending danger.  Did you know that stress hormones are so effective at suppressing the immune system that doctors sometimes give them to transplant recipients so their immune systems won’t reject the foreign tissue?

When you release stress hormones; your ability to think clearly is compromised.  Your conscious mind is significantly slower than your subconscious mind.  Your body knows that in an emergency, the faster the processing, the better your chances of survival, so your adrenal stress hormones suppress blood flow to your reasoning conscious mind, in favor of your subconscious mind’s life sustaining reflexive actions.

This makes sense from an evolutionary point of view.  If you are walking down a path while you are fighting off an infection, and a lion jumps in front of you, all of your energy will go into the process that makes you run away, before you even know why.  There will be no energy to fight the infection, because what good will it do to fight the infection if the lion eats you?  Same with growth…no need for growth if you will not live to see tomorrow’s sunrise, right?  But in modern society, when you are stressed on a regular basis as if a lion is about to eat you, well…you get the point.

In a study published in 2003 in Science magazine, researchers looked into why people on anti-depressants had a two week delay in feeling better, which wouldn’t be the case if the depression was caused by a chemical imbalance.  They realized that the inhibition of neuronal growth by stress hormones was the reason for the depression.  In fact, medical studies have shown that almost every major illness has been linked to chronic stress.

Maybe it’s time for you to examine what your stressors are.  What is stressing you? Where did it come from?  Is it real? Is it contributing any value at all to your life?

Thankfully, not all 50 trillion of your cells have to be in one mode or the other.  You can survive while under stress, but, as you now know; chronic stress will compromise your vitality.  For true vitality and abundance, we need to not only avoid stress, but we also need to actively seek out fulfilling, loving, and joyful lives, which will result in truly enjoying all the benefits of emotional fitness.  

There is a growing body of proof indicating that exercise may improve immune function, help lower blood pressure, boost mood, and reduce stress and depression.  And when we prescribe exercise as a medicine, there are no harmful side effects or downsides.  Countless studies support a long held theory that exercise triggers an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals that make you feel good, distract you from pain, and deliver many other health benefits.

So…you have a choice…to release harmful chemicals into your body (poison), or to release good chemicals into your body (fountain of youth).  Next time you decide to get mad, stressed, unhappy, frustrated, disappointed, angry, etc., please do not blame any other person or situation…it is your choice.  Always has been, always will be.  Instead, wouldn’t it be a better choice to drop by Point Loma Sports Club for a stress releasing, energizing workout?  You will feel better, live longer, look better, and have better relationships.  Try it…what have you got to lose.

Golf Fitness for Seniors

Yes, it is inevitable that senior golfers will experience a decline in performance as they age, but that does not mean it has to be accepted without a fight. Our overall health and fitness level is a key determining factor of the incline or decline of our golf performance as we age. Staying and/or getting in good shape will undoubtedly improve our golf game in San Diego.

It is important for the senior golfer to find a golf fitness program in San Diego designed to fit their specific needs and have the proper progression from their current fitness level. All golfers primarily need to focus on strength, flexibility, and proper nutrition, and seniors are no exception. These important factors are necessary in the development of a balanced golf fitness program. Starting a program that is beyond your physical limitation, will only end in failure and frustration. Not only, will this be discouraging, but will likely be detrimental to your health.

It will not be hard to find a golf fitness program like the Golf Development Program at Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego, as they have become very popular. But beware, all golf fitness programs are not created equal. As a senior golfer, looking for an appropriate golf fitness program is very important. First, find a program that begins with an assessment of your current level of fitness. This is important, not only in determining ones strengths, but more importantly, to determine ones weaknesses and limitations. Once we have an assessment in place, it’s time to start your golf fitness program in San Diego. The best programs will focus on the needs of your body as determined by your assessment, in particular one that ‘awakens’ your body and increases your range of motion, which will in turn help improve your overall health and your golf game.

Fitness and Massage: Finding Balance in Whole-Body Health

When you have dedicated physical fitness program, you owe it to your body and your mind to receive a therapeutic massage session from one of your Symbiotic Body Balancing coaches at the Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego.

30 minutes on the mat with your Body Balancing Coach is all it takes to help move vital fluids and nutrients to your muscles in order to recover faster, increase range of motion and help promote strength and flexibility.  Not to mention it just feels great!

Booking a massage at Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego after your next workout with your Body Balancing Coach will help you achieve your goals faster and with less pain. You will be able to take on life’s challenges with greater ease and joy!

For those of you with specific needs they can be addressed in a customized one hour session in order to help break through specific challenges or plateaus in your health or fitness program in San Diego.

The Point Loma Sports Club staff in San Diego is YOUR TEAM.  Schedule with your Symbiotic Body Balancing Coach after your next workout or customize your own therapeutic massage session today in San Diego! 

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Here’s a quick photo of some of our top pitchers at Point Loma Sports Club in San Diego. Kiko Garcia who recently committed and will play for the Pepperdine Waves, Ian Clarkin, 2013 New York Yankees 1st round draft pick, and Grant Larson, our 6’7 left handed pitcher who currently plays for High Tech High.