Step Challenge – February 2020

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My friend over at Orange Door Fitness and Strong by Jenny told me about a step challenge she’s been doing with her people and encouraged me to do it with our crew. I’m excited to bring this to Pacific Strength and see the positive effects it will have on your lives. So, you may be asking… Why track steps? To become more aware of the activity you’re doing throughout the day To actively try to increase your normal amount of activity It helps you be less lazy (as we all get) and more positive – you’ll offer to take out…

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2020 is for Goals

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We are updating the way we do things here and we are doing it for YOU! Coming from a personal training background and knowing the impact specific training can have on the progress of each individual, I have always been a little uneasy about group classes. I love the camaraderie. I love the community they create. I love the relationships built. And I know that many people like the group dynamic while training. While I have always kept classes small & personal, & have been very purposeful when planning the training for our group classes, the truth is, if a…

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10 Year Anniversary Gear

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In all the colors.  Feeling loud & proud.  Pacific Strength opened in San Clemente in October of 2009. We started in a tiny, 500sqft place. I remember being nervous & excited. I remember working my butt off & I remember loving every minute! Now we’re about a mile away from that first spot, and still ‘only’ 1000sqft, we’re exactly where I want to be. We’re a small gym. A community. A place where you come to get strong & feel good. A place you don’t get lost in the crowd. A place where you learn how to use your body well…

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Single Leg Work – 2019

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Single Leg Balance is not only important if you’d like to improve your Single Leg Deadlift and your Pistol Squat, but it’s essential to health and wellness as we age! “Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among the elderly and a significant public health issue” (this study reported). Strength, Balance, Vestibular System Decline, and Proprioception all play a role in falls. Strength… I think we do a pretty good job addressing this issue here. =) Balance is similar to a foreign language – if you don’t use it, you lose it! practice balancing on one leg while…

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Teachings -Bottom’s Up Kettlebell Work – 2019

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As you may know, we take 5 minutes (ish) at the beginning of class and use that to teach a skill. It’s different all the time and we pride ourselves on the fact that Pacific Strength is not a place to merely “work out”. It is a school of strength and our students (everyone who comes to classes or personal training sessions) are here to get better every day. We teach the skill of strength and we know that when you practice the skills, you will be stronger. We have been working on Bottom’s Up Kettlebell training for the last…

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Tactical Strength Challenge – May 2019

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The Tactical Strength Challenge tests: Max Strength with the Deadlift Bodyweight Strength with the Pull-ups and Flexed-Arm Hang Strength Endurance with 5-minutes of Snatching There’s no better way to reach an all-around fitness goal than to train for these three events. If you’re planning to compete, SIGN UP NOW through StrongFirst & get your official tshirt (free if you sign up buy March 22!) Decide how you’d like to train: Training Plan Options: Train on your own: Do your own thing. Sign up for the TSC and test your skills with everyone on May 4th. Get the Once-A-Week Plan: I’ve planned one…

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Less is More in 2019

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Let’s be honest: We all want to spend LESS time in the gym. It’s why all of the fitness gimmicks are out there. We have 8-min abs, 60-hour body transformations, 6-week weight loss challenges… we could go on and on. But is there a way to do it that’s not gimmicky? I believe there is and for my seasoned kettlebellers, I’d love for you to try it in our Less Is More Challenge. This challenge is for experienced students who have been coming to class for 6 months or more. If you’re ready for a change and to spend less…

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No Days Without Swings – NOvember

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For the last 4 years, we’ve done 100 swings/day every day in November. This year, we’re continuing the traditions and inviting you to join us for a good cause: The Semper Fi Fund. Here’s how to participate: Donate $10 (or more) and pledge to perform 100 swings every day OR 3000 swings in the month of November. Get a calendar in the gym, put your name on it, and start swinging. Leave it at the gym and record your swings at every class. Pacific Strength will donate an additional $50 for each person who does at least 100 swings every…

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No Mirrors. No Fancy Gadgets.

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We’re a bit old-school here, but we really really love that about our space. I don’t know about you, but with social media and all the techy-gadgets that do everything from telling you how many steps you took to reminding you to breathe at your desk at work, I am up to my ears in technology. What happened to listening to how you feel and getting feedback from your body? What about having a relationship with a real human and allowing that real human to help you through something? Now, I know fitbits and apple watches and the like are useful…

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