Irvine Personal Training

Fitness and Training in Orange County

   Sep 25

Going Orange in OC

What’s the exercise fad that’s been popping up all over this country, with a scientific twist?

It’s Orangetheory Fitness, an amazing group high intensity, interval training led by a professional personal trainer.  Supporters say that this workout is more than just a theory, that it is based on science.  It is completely about training in the five heart rate zones.  Every member of the class wears a heart rate monitor, tracking everyone workout with results being displayed on a large monitor.


Orange is the most productive heart rate zone, thus the name Orangetheory Fitness.  The main idea being that you are working your heart between 84 and 90 percent of your maximum heart rate. The goal being to that orange zone for between twelve and twenty minutes, creating what is called excess post exercise oxygen consumption.  A fancy name for burning calories even after you have finished your work out.  The intensity is based on your heart rate, so Orangetheory Fitness is for anyone – whether you are new to fitness or a professional athlete. Each class is different, and every session is energetic. The results? More energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn.

If this new and popular workout is something that you think you would enjoy visit Orangetheory Fitness, in Irvine.  Take a class, and see what all the talk about that after burn is!  Changing up your everyday exercise regime is always a great idea, and Orangetheory is an unique experience, go out and experience for yourself!



   Aug 25

Bikram Yoga

Is your exercise regimen just getting dull?  Why not shake things up with a Bikram Yoga, or Hot Yoga class?  Bikram yoga is performed in a room heated to nearly 105 degree F, with a humidity of 40 percent.  A vigorous yoga, Bikram is typically a ninety minute program consisting of twenty-six postures.  All postures used require total engagement of all major muscle groups.  The demanding nature of all of the Bikram poses combined with the heat, are designed to raise your heart rate and tire your muscles.  Bikram yoga takes the saying “Burning Calories” to an extreme that has not been felt before.  And maybe it can be that next step up in your workout to help you past that stubborn plateau.

Please understand the Bikram yoga is not for every person due to the intensity and potential to cause heat related illness.  Like with every other exercise regimen talk to your Doctor before considering a Bikram yoga class, and be sure that you have their okay.  Those with no health concerns, must be sure to stay hydrated at all times during the class, and if at any time you feel dizzy, lightheaded or sick at all, STOP and take a break, or call it quits for the day.

So where in Irvine can you participate in a Bikram yoga class?   Check out the following links to find a studio in your own neighborhood.


680 Roosevelt
Irvine, CA


4700 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA


1200 Bison Avenue
Irvine, CA



   Nov 22

Orange County Flying Trapeze

Circus skills have become increasingly mainstream over the past 10 years or so, and while you’re still not likely to see the average housewife breathing fire, a lot of people have given the flying trapeze a try. It’s a great adrenaline rush, and it’s one of those activities that’s amazingly fun at almost any skill level. I’ve seen kids and senior citizens swing successfully (and safely) – and serious athletes and gymnasts can excel at a level that’s almost unimaginable.

If you’ve ever wanted to try it, you’ll be glad to know there’s a school nearby in Anaheim. SwingIt Trapeze is conveniently located right here in Orange County. I haven’t had a chance to give them a try yet, but I’ve enjoyed flying trapeze lessons in cities around the country – Sonoma, San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, and NYC. If you’ve ever wanted to give it a try, check them out and let us know how it went!

   Jun 02

Best Self Serve Frozen Yogurt in Irvine?

menchiesReaders, I’m curious – what’s your go-to place for a post-workout serving of froyo?  For me, it’s all about Menchie’s self serve frozen yogurt. Love the atmosphere, love the flavors and toppings. I’m always hesitant to venture anywhere else because some places either don’t have the toppings I like, or they don’t keep things clean enough – but still, I’m open to some variety.

So let’s hear it. If you’re out and about and looking for frozen yogurt, where do you go? And are you a self serve person, or do you prefer to have it made for you? Personally, I prefer the DIY approach since other people never seem to get the ratios quite right – but I know some people don’t like the “salad bar” approach.

Tell me what you love – and why!

   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 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



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

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.

Yelp Review

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.

Yelp Review

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