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When it comes to boutique fitness studios, San Diego has its pick. But if an immersive experience complete with heart-pounding music, dim lighting, and an instructor shouting over a microphone isn’t your style, we’ve got you.
Introducing Performance360, a local strength training gym that understands you don’t need all the bells and whistles to get in a solid sweat.
At Performance360, it’s not about breaking you down, it’s about building a supportive community of like-minded people and giving them the tools to be their best selves. Known for a no-frills approach to working out, this garage-style gym has some of the smartest programming in the game — all you have to do is show up and work hard.
Similar to a WOD, their daily training program, Progressive Strength & Conditioning (PSC), features intentional and structured movements meant to help you build strength and endurance, and improve your overall mental and physical toughness.
But don’t worry — you’ll know what you’re getting into beforehand. Workouts are planned a week in advance and posted online, so you’ll be ready to crush whatever they have in mind, whether that’s endless burpees and battle ropes or a full-body kettlebell session. Plus, certain days of the week are focused on a specific movement, lift, or challenge, and are repeated throughout the month, making it incredibly easy to track progress.
P360 also peppers in classes like Muscle, FIT, and yoga into their weekly schedule, so there’s always an opportunity to try out something new. What could be barbells one day could be cardio training the next!
And while class sizes are typically around 25-30 people, the coaches are so on top of it that members receive plenty of individual attention. If you want to do your own thing, they get it — just come to open gym on the weekends for access to all of their equipment and some extra coaching.
In addition to offering top-tier programming, what sets Performance360 apart is its commitment to providing an inclusive environment for its members. Whether you’re looking to improve your mile time, be more active, or just get stronger, you’ll feel welcome and empowered to start crushing your fitness goals.
Ready to see what makes this sweat squad a step above the rest? Check out one of their four San Diego locations in Pacific Beach, Crown Point, and Bay Park. Oh, and be sure to stay connected to the tribe throughout the day via P360’s Instagram stories (they often feature members).
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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