Irvine Personal Training

Fitness and Training in Orange County

   Jan 02

Selecting Your Best Personal Trainer

So you’ve gotten to the point in your weight loss, that you are in need of that little extra push to keep going.  Or maybe your already in the best shape of your life, and you feel the need to kick it up that extra notch.  Whatever your own reason may be, you’ve decided it’s time to hire a personal trainer.  Once you have reached this decision there are several criteria which you should check into when making this very important life changing decision.

First and foremost you need to be assured that your trainer has NCCA- accredited certification.  The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has 26-years of experience accrediting allied health professions such as registered dietitians, nurses, athletic trainers, and occupational therapists. . For a complete list of the NCCA-accredited certification agencies, visit www.noca.org and click on the NCCA link. Never be afraid to ask to see a copy of a personal trainer’s certification to ensure that it is current. You can always contact a certification agency to verify a trainer’s status.

Next your should determine your goals, your needs, and your budget.

Frequency — Are you merely looking for a one-time consultation about your exercise program, or do you want to establish a long-term working relationship? For a modest fee, many personal trainers will perform a fitness assessment and design a workout regimen tailored to your needs.

Location — Where do you want to work out? Many personal trainers will come to your home. Or, if you prefer, you can meet your personal trainer at a studio or health club nearby.

Budget — Personal training rates range from $20 to $100 per hour-long session, with the majority charging between $25 and $50. If that sounds high, remember, you are making an investment in your most important possession—your health. In addition, discounts are often available for multi-session purchases, for higher frequency (three times a week instead of two), and for training multiple clients at the same time.

Ask how many years of experience a personal trainer has working with clients, particularly those with your needs or limitations. Does he/ she have expertise in a certain area of fitness or prefer to work with certain types of clients, for example — sports conditioning, pre-natal fitness or post-rehabilitation? If you have a medical condition or a past injury, a personal trainer should design a session that accounts for this. If you are receiving care for a medical or orthopedic condition, a personal trainer should obtain your consent to discuss exercise guidelines and contraindications with your healthcare provider. Your personal trainer should also ask the doctor for medical clearance.

One of the best ways you can research certain personal trainers, is to talk to their other clients.  Ask the trainer for references of people who have previously trained with them, or are currently training.  Ask these other clients about the experience and whether or not they would use the trainer again, if their goals were reached, and if the sessions were enjoyable.  Most of all you need to get to know your prospective trainer as this is an individual you are going to be spending a lot of one on one time with.  You don’t want to make the decision on a trainer, and then find out that your personalities don’t coincide, and you would have better spent your money elsewhere.  The most knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer who fits your style is the one to hire — because that is the professional who will help you achieve the best results.

Good luck!


   Dec 20

Boot Camp

 

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Maybe you’ve read the term in a fitness magazine, or maybe you’ve seen the flyers posted around your local gym.  But, just what is a Boot Camp class?  A boot camp fitness class is a normally outdoor (but not always) group exercise class that mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight exercises, with interval training and strength training.  Most of these classes are designed in such a way that they push the students much harder than they would ever push themselves.  Getting quicker and better results than training alone, and somewhat resemble a military boot camp.

Most boot camps offer a small group experience. (from 6 to 10 individuals) One underlying component of a good boot camp fitness class is creating a spirit of teamwork and group support. To do so, some fitness boot camp owners have started to focus their classes to cater to a specific group or those with a specific goal. The types of fitness boot camps that are available are endless. If you are seeking a specialized class or have a specific fitness goal, you will probably find a boot camp that meets your needs.


There are several different types of boot camps available in most areas.  Different groups with different goals, such as boot camp for children, for women, and for weight loss.  Which type of group is the one for you, is something you will have to decide based upon your own fitness goals.  But, which ever type you choose, know that a Boot Camp will give you the work out of a life time.

10 Boot Camp Classes Offered in

the Irvine Area

1. Total Training Boot Camp

2. Irvine Fit Body Boot Camp

3. Orange CountyAdventure Boot Camp

4. Team Hybrid Fitness

5. Code Pink Women’s Fitness Boot Camp

6. Velocity Sports Performance

7. Bodyworks Lifestyle

8. Custom Bodies Fitness

9. Lean Body Boot Camp

10. ASOfit


   Nov 20

Running on the Beach

What can be one of the best free workout in your area?  Beach running.  When you live near a beach, the sand affords you a wonderfully soft running surface, and an amazing view.  Your run on the beach can be extremely challenging especially if you run in deep sand. Or, it can be just as easy as a run in the park.  Below are some things to consider to help you enjoy your run by the sea.

Check the Tides
A low tide creates the most level, hard-packed surface for running.  Ideally, you want to run at the lowest tide of the day, or an hour or two around the lowest point, and stay close to the water’s edge without getting your feet wet. Running at high tide leaves you with just soft, dry sand, as the tide is rising and taking over more and more of the beach.

Gear Up
Be sure to pack your sunscreen for your run, as the water will reflect UV rays back at you.  Also don’t forget sunglasses and a hat to keep the sun from blinding you as you run.  If you decide that beech running is something you want to do a lot of, you may find yourself wanting to invest shoes made of a tighter mesh than normal running shoes, to keep the sand at bay.  Also try to wear a thinner sock which may ward off blisters if sand does make it way in.  Running barefoot is also an option so long as you know the beech to be free of debris.

Get to It
Now your ready. Go out and pick the best beech in your area and go! And don’t forget that after a long and hot run on the beech the ocean is right there, and is begging you to cool off. Take advantage of this free cool down option, and above all Enjoy yourself.


   Oct 14

Healthy Fast Food in Fullerton

tropical-smoothie-healthy-franchiseFor some reason, the vast majority of the fast food industry seems to be of the impression that healthy people don’t want quick food. In reality, EVERYONE wants quick food from time to time. It’s stressful trying to eat healthy when you have a lot to do and you don’t have time to chop tons of vegetables, cook a big meal, and clean up.

If you’re aiming for a healthier fast food meal and you find yourself in Fullerton, try checking out Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a healthy fast food franchise. They have a number of delicious fruit smoothies, but unlike a lot of smoothie places, they also have warm food options. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll appreciate the Hummus Veggie Wrap (and ask for no cheese if you’re vegan). What you’ll love even more, though, is that you can substitute Beyond Meat for ANY chicken dish on the menu. Yes, you read that correctly – vegetarians and vegans now have a good number of options at a fast food restaurant!

If you do a Beyond Meat substitution on one of their salads + a little modification (skip the cheese or opt for a dairy-free dressing), even a GLUTEN FREE VEGAN could be satisfied here. This is probably the best fast food news since TCBY came out with vegan froyo.

As always, I have to add the disclaimer that fast food is still heavily processed and not ideal for every meal – but seriously, very few of us can maintain 100% perfect dietary habits 100% of the time. It’s nice to have some reasonably healthy fast food options when we need a little help getting everyone fed.

 


   Oct 14

Irvine Personal Training: Next Level Fitness

It’s fairly common to hear people joking about buying fitness memberships and never using them. Too many people buy the membership and assume the job is largely done. In reality, you have to put in the time and challenge yourself. Even most of the people who DO make it to the gym don’t push themselves as hard as they need to to get the results they want.

Obviously, many of us would love to have the funds to hire a dedicated personal trainer who would come to our homes and whip us into shape. For those who can’t, though, there are personal training gyms like Next Level Fitness in Irvine. At Next Level, they have an entire staff of personal trainers ready to work one-on-one and learn about your specific goals and needs – but because they’re at one location and able to easily rotate between clients (instead of wasting time driving all over the place), you get the benefit of a personal trainer at a price that’s much closer to traditional gym memberships.

Next Level also has a variety of other useful perks for members. They have a pro shop where you can fill many of your fitness and supplement needs, and they offer spray tanning on-site. For those who enjoy mixing things up with the occasional class, they also offer Zumba, yoga, and boot camp fitness training. Also on-site is the Next Level Wellness Center, where you can get massage and chiropractic services, among other things.

Although Irvine may not be a convenient location for EVERYONE in Orange County, there are likely similar personal training gyms in other parts of the region, too. Feel free to comment if you’re aware of any good ones.


   Sep 20

Walking trails

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Looking to get in your morning workout, and yet be able to connect with nature?  Or maybe it’s your evening workout, and you need to unwind from the day?  Better than any gym at this time, is natural walking trails.
Somewhat remote and removed, lined with trees, and a plethora of natures creatures.  Walking trails are one of the most relaxing ways to burn calories.  And there are several trails in your own neighborhood, that maybe you didn’t even know were there.
We have done the research for you, and found 5 of the greatest walking trails in Irvine.  Please peruse the following links, and find the trail that works best for you.

Hick’s Canyon Regional Trail
3864 Viewpark
Irvine, Ca 92602

  • About 3 miles up and back
  • Very easy trail to walk
  • West end does connect to Peter’s Canyon Trail Network

A fantastic trail for runners or walkers alike. Great for training for your next 5k. A smooth flat trail which is very shady. Just a great everyday trail.

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
5 Riparian View
Irvine, Ca 92616
Trail Map

The wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Irvine that few know about. Several miles of trails available which are mostly shaded, or tree covered. Although some are unshaded. These trails feel remote even though you are still near the city.

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Woodbridge Community Park
20 Lake Rd
Irvine, Ca 92604

About a half mile walk around a beautiful man made lake. Many birds for the watching. A great place for a picinic lunch, or even throwing in a line to fish.

Yelp Review

Turtle Rock Hike Area
Turtle Rock Dr
Irvine, Ca 92603

A super easy hike with paved stairs. Less than twenty minutes to hike, with some slight rock climbing to get the the best views. A peaceful walk with few people in the afternoon. Easy and plentiful parking.

Yelp Review


Quail Hill Trailhead

34 Shady Canyon Dr
Irvine, Ca 92603

  • 1.6 mile loop trail (No getting lost)
  • Convenient and Easy parking
  • Nearby restrooms

A nice hiking and biking trail. Never very crowded, and a good walk for the whole family. Not much shade so plan accordingly. Very much an asset for any active person who loves the outdoors.

Yelp Review


   Sep 06

Organic in Irvine

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More and more people are starting to turn to local organic eating for various reasons.  Whether you do it out of worries over chemicals in processed foods, or simply a move to try to get closer to nature, the move to organic eating is one to consider.
Once you have decided that the organic lifestyle is one you would like pursue, you have to be able to find the best local sources for you to purchase your provisions.  This post is to help you with your search, and make eating organically, a simple and fun transition.
Deciding which is for you, Farmer’s Market, or Organic Grocery
With a farmers market, you are going to be able to find produce straight off of the farm, to the market, to your table.  This is the freshest you will ever find produce, with most of the proceeds going straight back to the farmer who raised it, if not all.  The one drawback is you will only be able to purchase produce which is in season in your area.
An Organic Grocery will carry a more diverse stock.  Not only organic produce, but organic box goods and other staples as well.  While not so much of the profit goes to the farmer, they do usually still see some, and many Organic Groceries offer free trade options, or even your own chance to buy in to a Co-op.
Top 5 Organic Farmers Markets
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1. Sprouts Farmers Market

3775 Alton Pkwy Irvine, Ca 92615
(949)705-5435

2. Irvine Farmers Market

Campus Drive and Bridge Road
Irvine, Ca 92612

3. Smith’s Farms

5481 Bryan Ave
Irvine, Ca 92620
(949)726-8366

4. Mother’s Market & Kitchen

2963 Michelson Dr
Irvine, Ca 92612
(949)752-6667

5. Great Park Farmers Market

Sandcanyon and Marine Way
Irvine, Ca 92618
(949)724-6247

Top 5 Organic Groceries

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1. Sprouts Farmers Market

3775 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, Ca 92614
(949)705-5435

2. Trader Joe’s

6222 Irvine Blvd
Irvine, Ca 92620
(949)551-6402

3. Trader Joe’s

4225 Campus Dr
Irvine, Ca 92612
(949)509-6138

4. Trader Joe’s

1443 Culver Dr
Irvine, Ca 92604
(949)857-8108

5. Gelson’s Market

5521 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, Ca 92618
(949)551-6093


   Sep 06

Running Around Town

 

Looking to get fit all while supporting a worth cause?  Check out this list of runs in the Irvine area for the fall and winter season.  Included are links to several 5k’s, or 10k’s in and around the Irvine area.

 

 

Saturday, Jan 11 8:00a
Barranca Parkway between Lake Streets and Creek Road in Irvine, Irvine

   A scenic course that is suitable for any fitness level.  Digital clocks at each mile marker, and entertainment along the way.  Both individual and team medals awarded.

 

Woodbridge Lake, Irvine

A scenic run around the lake with all proceeds going to With My Own Two Hands Foundation (helping orphaned children in Africa).


   Sep 06

Easy Vegan Eating in Irvine

So you’ve decided to go Vegan.  Congratulations!  This is one of the best decisions for your health that you have ever made.  Now, it’s Friday night, and you realize you can’t just run through the local take out place anymore.  What can you do?  Where can you go for a dinner out with the family, and still stay strict and loyal to your diet?  Good news!  It is no longer a difficult task to find a Vegan restaurant in you very own neighborhood.  Thanks to the ever growing number of Vegans the offerings of Vegan food is ever growing as well.

wheel of life

14370 Culver Drive
Irvine, Ca 92604
(949)551-8222

Vegetarian Thai Cuisine

Hours:
Tues-Thurs 11am-3pm / 4:30pm-9pm
Sat 11am-3:30pm / 4:30pm-9:30pm
Sun 11am-3:30pm / 4:30pm-9pm
Closed Monday
Lunch Special 11am-2pm Tues-Fri
100% Vegan, No MSG, No Cholesterol, Low Fat, High Flavor, and Organic

veggie grill

4213 Campus Dr
Irvine, Ca 92612
(949)509-0003

Hours:
Mon-Thurs, Sun 11am-10pm
Fri/Sat 11am-10:30pm
100% plant based food. All can be assured of no meat, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, animal fats, or trans fats.

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Food Truck
Irvine, Ca 92606
(949)463-2473
Check website for online schedule to know where the truck will be parked. For up to date, last minute changes follow them on Facebook

Organic plant based food since 2010

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2963 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, Ca 92612
(949)752-6667

Hours:
Mon-Sun 8am-10pm

Raw foods, vegan, organic, gluten free, and gourmet. Something delicious can be found for all

native foods

2453 Park Ave.
Tustin, Ca 92782
(714)259-0400

Hours:
Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

Premier chef crafted Vegan restaurant serving homemade fresh food everyday of the week.


   Sep 03

Choosing the Gym Which is Right for You

Deciding which gym is the right fit for you can be a daunting task but it need not be.  Everyone knows the criteria they need for a gym to fit into their lifestyle, what you must do is search out and find the gym which fits you best.  See which offers the activities and classes that you desire, which has the best offerings in your price range, and which is open during the hours you need.

The following are short synopsizes of what could be called the ten best gyms in Irvine, along with the link to eachs page.  Investigate them completely. Then when you find the best one for you, give them a call, schedule a meeting, and get ready to change your life.

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Jungle Fitness   (949)302-4939
17795 Sky Park Cir
Ste C
Irvine Ca. 92614

Jungle Fitness believes in enabling each of their clients by giving them the motivation, knowledge and belief to achieve their fitness goals and aspirations. They take pride in helping clients redefine previously established limits beyond their initial conception of what they thought was possible.

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Crossfit Insanity

(949)660-8801
17875 Sky Park Cir
Ste AB
Irvine Ca. 92614

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity. This fun, affordable program for people of all experience levels will provide results that you will not get through any other fitness program.  From beginners to elite athletes, all ages and sizes can benefit from CrossFit.

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Total Woman Gym & Dayspa  (949)733-0478
14280 Culver Dr Suite B
Irvine Ca. 92604

Total Woman Gym and Day Spa is the largest, full-service women’s only gym and day spa in California.

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Next Level Fitness

 (949)263-9003
17811 Sky Park Cir Ste E Irvine Ca. 92614

“In Just 90 Days From Today You CAN Completely Transform Your Body, Fit Into Your Favorite “Skinny Jeans”, Tone Your Stomach, Hips And Thighs, And Feel Amazing When You Step Out Of Your Shower And See Yourself In The Mirror?  Kick strict diets to the curb, simply follow these loose guidelines to shrink your hips and flatten your belly and then the 3-in-1 Rapid fat Loss Workout will take care of the rest.

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Total Training Boot Camp

(949)444-3667
1 Beech Tree Ln
Irvine Ca. 92612

Voted the “Best Workout in Orange County”, this Boot Camp program makes it convenient, affordable, fast and — best of all — fun to get into the best shape of your life. With Boot Camp, you’ll see guaranteed results or you don’t pay. So, what have you got to lose?

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Equinox  (949)975-8400
1980 Main St
Irvine Ca. 92614

Equinox Fitness Clubs operates 57 upscale, full-service facilities in New York, Chicago, Southern California, Dallas, Florida, D.C, Boston, and Northern California. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.

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OC Life Fitness

(949)335-8680
17811 Sky Park Cir
Ste E
Irvine Ca. 92614

Celebrity style workouts help clients reshape and transform their bodies into the best possible physique. We do this by offering creative, energetic, and proven celebrity style workouts that are guaranteed to get you in shape and out of your funk. Always different, always intense – our workouts will melt away body fat and burn many, many calories.

Highly recognized and sought after personal trainer serving cities in Orange County.  Conveniently located in Irvine, CA.

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Primal Fitness Centers  (949)943-3157
16782 Hale Ave
Ste A
Irvine Ca. 926096

At Primal Justice Training Center, our mission is to help change the lives of individuals, families and teams through fitness and training. We provide a state-of-the-art facility with expert trainers and rehabilitation care to exceed client goals and expectations through commitment, consistency, discipline, and determination.

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24 Hour Fitness  (714)665-1233
13752 Jamboree Rd
Irvine Ca. 92602

At 24 Hour Fitness they believe in changing lives through fitness. And they’ve spent the past 25 years doing so for millions of people across the nation. Their 400 clubs feature amenities to suit every fitness level–from swimming pools, spas and basketball courts at our Ultra Sport clubs, to state-of-the-art equipment, great workout spaces, and friendly staff at every club.

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Bodyworks Lifestyle

(714)202-2629
17811 Sky Park Cir
Ste E
Irvine Ca. 92614

At BodyWorks Lifestyle they operate on a simple belief; People deserve the best life they can have. A healthy strong body coupled with a nourished, focused mind can achieve anything.  The training principles are pure science but they come with more philosophy.