It’s no surprise that "New Year, new me" is one of the most common resolutions.
While the New Years' fitness journey proves successful for some, most others find themselves quickly falling off the wagon. This could be for a variety of reasons: Hectic work schedules, health conditions, or loss of motivation.
Local fitness instructors and trainers say it’s just a matter of finding the right type of workout that fits each individual, since not all people are built the same.
Here are three Salinas instructors who bring something unique to the table to help fitness resolutions start off on the right foot.
Daniel Corona, Rock Boxing Gym
For those seeking a more toning and weight loss-based program, Rock Boxing Gym may be the place to try.
The gym’s owner is none other than Coach Daniel Corona, a long-time boxer who shares his passion for the sport with others in the community wanting to try something new.
His love for the sport goes back as far as the early 1990’s. Corona said he was inspired to teach the sport in hopes of helping people improve their physical health. He also uses his business to give back to in-need youth through specialized classes for them, and even advocates and fundraises.
From learning the basic rules and punches, to cross fit workouts, cardio and circuit training, Corona says these intense workouts are designed to be effective for both amateurs and professionals.
“They love it and hate it," Corona said. "Everybody is always happy to come in, and they love the pain of it but it’s a good thing.”
The facility features a section of punching bags, weights, cardio equipment and two boxing rings.
One of the most effective workouts for clients is the boxing drills.
“You’re constantly hitting the bag for 20 to 30 seconds then you rotate with your partner. An hour of that workout, you can burn between 900 and 1,200 calories per workout,” he said.
The gym is set up with 24 different workout stations to keep clients moving around and trying various exercises. Corona explains that often people who repeat the same workout routines experience fatigue and ultimately fall off the wagon.
“People get bored with workouts and that’s one of the reasons people stop going to gyms because they already know what they’re going to do,” he said. “So, I’ve got to mix it up, shake them up and keep everybody on their toes.”
Classes are offered Monday through Friday with classes and personal training ranging between 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Corona says Saturday classes could be starting soon.
A five-day trial is offered to potential members for free. Rock Boxing Gym is located at 285 E. Alisal Street.
More information at http://www.rockboxinggym.com/
Omar Munguya, O.M.R Performance
Over at O.M.R Performance, certified strength and conditioning coach Omar Munguya dedicates his time training community members of all ages to achieve a more professional athlete level of performance.
Along the walls of the gym are medals and photos of clients who have competed successfully in power lifting and physique competitions.
He began his career working as a trainer for college athletes in the Bay Area, but later decided to open gyms where he could share that type of training experience with the local community.
Clients at O.M.R Performance learn the practices of power lifting, basic weight training, foam rolling, flexibility cardio exercise and more.
For Munguya, training is not just about improving physiques, but making some positive lifestyle changes by giving every client their own individualized training program.
“When you’re training with us, you’re getting the knowledge of a professional who has their educational background and we’re continuously learning about all these movements and power exercises,” Munguya said. “We try to take care of our clients so that they can continue working out the rest of their lives and eventually retire at a good age. We even have a 70-year-old who is currently training for power lifting.”
Nutrition programs are also available to help guide clients to a healthy diet.
When it comes to starting a new workout, whether the goal is to lose weight or gain muscle mass, Munguya says the key is to start with small goals.
“Just take small steps. Everybody wants to go into the gym and start off really hard and they hurt or burn themselves out so they can just get quick and easy results,” he said. “Typically, any client that comes here, I tell them to start off with coming two or three times a week and from there we progress and try to do a little more at a time.”
Clients include students from local elementary and high schools who take part in an Olympic training program. Parents also have the opportunity take family fitness classes alongside their children from ages 5 and up.
O.M.R Performance is located at 869 Abbott St.
Hours of operation are:
Monday - Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
More information at http://omrperformancesc.com/team
Curtis Sells, Curtis Sells Martial Arts
Fans of Netflix’s Cobra Kai show will be delighted to know that martial arts training is quite close to home at Curtis Sells Martial Arts school in Salinas.
Instructor Curtis Sells is a former champion and teaches a blend of Tae Kwon Do, hard style Japanese Karate and soft style Chinese Kung Fu.
His love for the sport began in early childhood after watching a Bruce Lee film with his father in the 1970s. Sells says Lee became his idol and he eventually found himself training with some of the very people who once trained Lee.
“I wanted to do the things that he could do. That control of his body and that focus that he had,” Sells said. “He made the martial arts look beautiful.”
It was not long after he began the sport that he developed a passion for teaching it and took his classes all over the Central Coast over the last few decades. Today, his location in Salinas serves people of all ages, but particularly centers around young children.
Many of his young students, he said, are in-need youth who have been referred by doctors or teachers to help with things like behavioral improvement and learning basic life skills.
“It teaches them not necessarily about fighting, but about self-development, discipline, respect, how to have confidence and self-esteem,” he says. “It’s a way of life. It’s totally different from other sports where it’s all about the competition. This is more about the self.”
From learning blocks, kicks, and self-defense to becoming more focused and centered, Sells says his martial arts classes are a good start for anyone on the road to fitness and self-improvement. Even students as young as 4 years old have achieved their purple belts with his training.
“A person can do it for a few months, but they’ll benefit their whole life with everything they learn," he said. "If you stick with it, that just gives you much more to enjoy."
As far as membership and pricing, Sells says he works with families to find the right schedules and prices to fit their needs, adding that lessons there cost less than the average martial arts classes.
Classes for children, teens and adults run Monday through Thursday and typically start between the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. depending on the schedule clients wish to set.
Sells recommends a minimum of two days of practice per week and competition opportunities are available for anyone interested.
Curtis Sells Martial Arts is located at 834 S. Main Street.
For more information, visit https://www.curtissellsmartialarts.com/
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