Not surprisingly, “New Year’s, I’m new” is one of the most popular resolutions.
While the New Year’s fitness journey has proven successful for some, most others find themselves quickly falling off the wagon. This could be for a number of reasons: arduous work schedules, health conditions, or a loss of motivation.
Local fitness trainers and coaches say it’s just about finding the right kind of exercise that works for everyone, as not all people are built the same.
Here are three Salinas coaches who bring something unique to the table to help kickstart your fitness decisions off the right foot.
Daniel Corona, rock boxing gym
For those seeking a more toning and weight loss program, Rock Boxing Gym might be the place to try.
The gym owner is none other than coach Daniel Corona, a longtime boxer who shares his passion for the sport with others in the community wanting to try something new.
His love for sports dates back to the early 1990s. Corona said he was inspired to teach sports in hopes of helping people improve their physical health. He also uses his work to give back to young people in need through specialized classes for them, and even advocacy and fundraising.
From learning the basics and punches, to matching drills, cardio and circuit exercises, Corona says these intense workouts are designed to be effective for both amateurs and professionals.
“They love and hate it,” Corona said. “Everyone is always happy to get in, and they love the pain that comes with it but it’s a good thing.”
The facility includes a section of punching bags, weights, cardio equipment and two punching rings.
Boxing training is one of the most effective exercises for clients.
“You hit the bag constantly for 20 to 30 seconds and then take turns with your partner. For an hour of this exercise, you burn between 900 and 1,200 calories on each exercise,” he said.
The gym is set up with 24 different exercise stations to keep clients moving and trying different exercises. Corona explains that people who repeat the same exercise routines often get tired and eventually fall off the wagon.
“People get bored of training and that is one of the reasons why people stop going to the gym because they already know what they are going to do,” he said. “So I have to mix it up, shake them up and keep everyone on their toes.”
Classes are offered Monday through Friday with classes and personal training ranging from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Corona says Saturday lessons could start soon.
A five-day trial is offered to potential members free of charge. Rock Boxing Gym is located at 285 E. Alisal Street.
More information at http://www.rockboxinggym.com/
Omar Menjia, OMR Performance
More at OMR Performance, certified strength and conditioning coach Omar Mongoya has dedicated 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 customers who have successfully competed in weightlifting and fitness competitions.
He started his career as a coach for college athletes in the Bay Area, but later decided to open gyms where he could share this type of coaching experience with the local community.
At OMR Performance, customers learn the practices of weightlifting, core weight training, foam rolling, flexible cardio and more.
For Munguya, training is not only about improving fitness but also about making some positive lifestyle changes by giving each client their own individual training program.
“When you train with us, you get to know a professional who has his educational background and we are constantly learning all these movements and strength exercises,” Munguya said. “We try to take care of our clients so that they can continue working for the rest of their lives and eventually retire at a good age. We have even a 70-year-old currently training in weightlifting.”
Nutrition programs are also available to help guide clients to a healthy diet.
When it comes to starting a new exercise, whether the goal is to lose weight or increase muscle mass, Mongoya says the key is to start with small goals.
“Just take small steps. Everyone wants to go to the gym and start hard and hurt or burn themselves so they can get quick and easy results,” he said. “Normally, any client that comes in here, I tell them to start coming in two or three times a week, and from there we go ahead and try to do more each time.”
Clients include students from local primary and secondary schools who participate in the Olympic Training Program. Parents also have the opportunity to take family fitness classes with their children aged 5 years and over.
OMR Performance is located at 869 Abbott Street.
Business hours are:
Monday – Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday from 5:30 am to 12 noon
Saturday 10:30 AM to 12 PM
More information at http://omrperformancesc.com/team
Curtis sells, Curtis sells martial arts
Fans of the Netflix show Cobra Kai will be happy to know that martial arts training is very close to home at Curtis Sells Martial Arts School in Salinas.
Instructor Curtis Sells is a former champion and teaches a combination of Taekwondo, hard Japanese Karate, and the soft style of Chinese Kung Fu.
His love for sports started in his early childhood after watching a Bruce Lee movie with his father in the 1970s. Sells says Lee became his idol and eventually found himself training with some of the people who once coached Lee.
“I wanted to do the things he could do. Control of his body and that focus he had,” Sells said. “It made martial arts look beautiful.”
It wasn’t long after he started the sport that he developed a passion for teaching it and has taken his lessons all over the Central Coast over the past few decades. Today, its Salinas location caters to people of all ages, but is especially centered around young children.
He said that many of his young students are young people in need who have been referred by doctors or teachers for help with things like improving behavior and learning basic life skills.
“It doesn’t necessarily teach them to fight, but about self-development, discipline, respect, and how to have confidence and self-esteem,” he says. “It is a way of life. It is very different from other sports where it is all about competition. This is more about self.”
From learning blocks, kicks, and self-defense to becoming more focused and focused, Sills says martial arts classes are a good start for anyone on their path to fitness and self-improvement. Even students under 4 years old achieved purple belts with his training.
He said, “Anyone can do it for a few months, but they will benefit their whole life with everything they learn. If you stick with it, it gives you more enjoyment.”
In terms of membership and pricing, Sells says he works with families to find the right schedules and prices that fit their needs, adding that lessons there cost less than the average martial arts class.
Classes for children, teens and adults run from Monday to Thursday and usually start between 3 pm to 6 pm depending on the schedule clients wish to select.
Sells recommends a minimum of two days of training per week, and competition opportunities are available to anyone interested.
Curtis sells martial arts and is located at 834 S. Main Street.
For more information, visit https://www.curtissellsmartialarts.com/