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How I became a Fitness Concierge

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Once upon a time… That’s how the story begins… I, Ingrid Johnson, moved to Encinitas, to a town I fell in love with about 15 years ago, while still  living in Michigan.

After moving here,  I couldnt believe All The variety of fitness classes and trails available. I was like a kid in a candy store, so during my off hours, I would visit yoga studios, spinning classes, TRX and kettle bell classes, and anything I found interesting fitness- wise, all over the town. I walked, ran on trails and beaches, biked, hiked, met new and interestning people and had so much fun!

As I would tell people about my experiences, I started to get people asking ME for advice on where they should go for example yoga, spinning etc.

I now Had  a lot of different classes, studios, and teachers under my belt. I knew many beautiful trails, so I would give them advice on what I think they would like, what would be the most beneficial for them….

The next thing you know, concierge fitness, I started. It is no secret, that Encinitas is an amazing tourist town, with the friendliest residents, and most beautiful nature ..or, maybe it is a secret, in which case I want to reveal to people that it is more than just a town to visit, but a place to experience, embrace, and love, with an unbrideld passion.

All these fitness experiences, are part of Encinitas, which you can take with you everywhere you go for the rest your life.

Unlike a souvenir that wears out, and collects dust- your experience of fitness will continue to energize you, inspire you, and ravish you for the rest your life.

A Day in the Life with a Fitness Concierge…

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It is Monday morning in late March, and you have exhausted all the beach runs, stairs, oceanview paths, ready for something different?  You call up Encinitas Concierge Fitness, who sais:  “Why not go trail running?” Encinitas is the home to over 30 Miles of trails for runners, bikers and equestrians. Many offer breathtaking views with a complete change in scenery depending on the time of day. Inland, toward Ranch Santa Fe and Olivenhain the trails have many trees providing shade and rolling hills for a variety of terrain! Great for toning your legs, and easy on the back and feet! Weather you want to go for 1 mile or 10, or anything in between, the Olivenhain trails offer a large variety to keep you interested in them for a long time to come!

Suggested trails:

For an easy trail run or walk, try my favorite trail around the Batiquitos Lagoon. It is 3 miles out-and-back has nonparalleled beauty, and scents from the many plans and trees. Everything from Eucalyptus to fennel to blooming bushes. It is a bit tricky to find where to Park, so I will  guide you to the right spot.

Tuesday, you want to try something different, maybe turn yourself upside down? How about and Aerial Yoga class, to stretch out the body. Try my favorite Baja Body in Oceanside. The silky hammocks help to decompress your spine, and deepen all your yoga stretches. If the idea of hanging upside down sounds frightening, knowing there is soft sand underneath your feet, should help!

Wednesday, feeling good and ready for a serious workout? How about a morning Spin or TRX class?  If you only know one name in spinning in Encinitas, it is Johnny Archer! His DYNAMIC PERSONALITY and talent make his spinning classes truly an extraordinary experience! People from all over the county have flocked to his classes for years, and just a few years ago, he opened his own studio, Cycology. Sweat it out with Heart rate strap monitor and top of the line bikes.

Still feeling good and need to do something with your upper body? How about a boxing class at the Boxing Club in Encinitas? It is family owned and operated since 1999. The feel is “old school” and you would expect Rocky to show up at any moment. Teachers are professional and passionate about their classes, so you will get the best! I love the Noon time boxing class with Dana, and boxing skills with Cody.

In the evening, attend a meditation group! This really will cap off your day in an amazing way! There are many Private local groups, friendly and loving to newcomers and regulars alike! I have many “favorites”, including Meditation and Martinis, Willow spring QiGong, or just a self guided contemplative walk through the Meditation Garden of Self Realization fellowship.

Thursday- a great day for Pilates with a Purpose! Whatever your goal or intention, your Pilates class can be individual or with other people! I personally create a Pilates class fitted to your current needs, and I also like Core 40 in Solana Beach for a class setting! It isn’t “true” Pilates, but it does use a Reformer type Equipment, and is an absolute “killer” core workout! And your classmates? The most beautiful women in the county!!!

The First Friday Night of the month is Black light Yoga in Carlsbad! An amazing experience, and a perfect date night in itself, whether alone or with someone. To cap it off……how about  a glass of wine or dinner at Paon, just a few doors down. Voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in San Diego with a wine bar attached to the restaurant!

Find your Running Style

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We each have a different running style, a preferred terrain or ideal distance,  that makes us feel the happiest and most empowered. While running has gone through many different fads – interval training, HIIT, barefoot, longdistance, short distance, hills etc. the bottom line is… what makes you the happiest? Whenever I travel, and don’t know what I can do for fitness while away, I always bring running shoes. Only once, was I told I couldn’t run – it was in the midst of a Safari Camp in South Africa. Other than that, there is no stopping and there is no cost to it either.

Here are  a few of different running styles, #Encinitas offers them all. Read through and see what fits for you!

1. Treadmill

This is the foundation for running. You can do it in a ‘controlled’ environment. See your heart rate with Fitbit or another heart rate monitor, and adjust your intensity accordingly. If you get tired, you just hop off, no painful walking/stumbling back home, and you can also stretch before and after all in the same place. Also good for you who have outdoor allergies or when it is too cold or hot. A favorite place of mine is  #Orange Theory, where you can see on a large monitor what your heart rate is, and if you are working in your optimal intensity zone.

2. Group Training

Find a group to run with. Local running shoe stores organize weekly runs, as well as many other organizations. Find a group online with the same timeschedule and level as you. It is great motivation to run with others, one of my favorites is Sunday morning run around the #Mission Bay, in #San Diego,  with long time running coach Ozzie Gontag. He will film and analyze your running form, and coach you. All for free! And who knows, you might just make a new friend or two.

3. Distance running

This is also a basic training form, and so popular because of all the different races that we have here in Southern California. There is one just about every weekend, on the #Pacific Coast highway, on the beach, through the #zoo, through vineyards, #Downtown San Diego, #Oceanside military base. We raise money running for dogs, children,  health, to hear bands,  and really just for the fun and beauty of it. Start with a 5k run, and have fun trainng for it, then go for 10K if you like, but the main thing is to have fun.

4,Terrain running

Southern California offers so many kinds of terrains. We have horsetrails with soft terrain, Sand, pavement and rocky hills. Whatever you like for variation, get a map, some water and have fun. You can always vary running and walking, enjoy the beautiful vistas and being out in nature. Listen to your body and enjoy, alone or with others.

5. Fartlek Running,

Varying your running speed can be done anywhere really… on the treadmill, or on a known running path. Listen to your body, or if you are a tekkie, look at your heart rate and speed up/slow down accordingly.

6. Interval training

The fastest way to get “in shape” if that if your goal. You can determine your own intervals, but most common strategy is 5 intervals of 30 seconds with 15 second rest. Its quick, intense and can be a great plateau buster.

7. Hill running

This style of running combines several of the running styles. Great once you have a basic level of running fitness. You can use it for terrain, fartlek or interval training. You can walk downhill so you don’t get too sore the next day. Great for increasing your oxygen exchange rate in your lungs and also great for new views and vistas.

8.Stairs running

Many beaches offer magnificent  stairs to run up and down with beautiful views. The most famous and difficult ones are at Santa Monica Beach, also the most beautiful! My favorites are at #Swamis beach, but #Beacons and #Stonesteps are fabulous too. Start by WALKING up the stairs or do just one set….or your calves will be screaming for days and you won’t be doing much running at all. Great way to also strengthen your glutes and knees.

Why train with me?

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Why train with ME?

Now that’s a good question… and, on the flip side…why would I train YOU? And Are you even trainable?

For starters, what The word TRAINING means to me, is a noticeable, UNDENIABLE improvement in the area you say you are training. Secondly, there should be a distinct difference between training with a trainer (me) and by yourself. You should be going beyond where you can go on your own- be it in the area of motivation, knowledge, or just time and effort to put a program together for yourself.

You should be getting visible results, learn more about your own body, and of course work out more creatively and efficiently than when you are alone.

My training is based on SCIENTIFIC exercise techniques, as it relates to selection of exercises, their order, weights, reps, volume and tempo.

I believe there should be an intelligent and STRATEGIC approach to workouts, a built-in progression. The workouts should get more challenging as you get stronger, varying low rep, medium rep and high rep training.

Therefore,  I think RECORD keeping is crucial for tracking results.

I  EDUCATE while I train in order to build more awareness of why you are doing what you are doing. A blind, mindless workout is not good for the body nor for the mind!

I PERSONALIZE, no, I INDIVIDUALIZE your program. Your workout is YOURS ALONE! There are no two people alike in the world, so why should workouts be? For example, I base the number your repetitions on wether your movement is still improving or weakening. I WATCH!

I demand ATTENTION – Yes, I know it may be a lost art, but there are still a few of us out there, that believe in paying attention to our clients, AND requiring our clients to pay attention to themselves and us.

I DO the work myself, so I know how it feels on the body. I TAKE Pilates classes every week, lift weights and run. Occasionally I take a spin class, yoga and kettlebell classes.  I also try new things TRX, barre, Fitwall, etc. and I perform core exercises and keep my intrinsic muscles strong.

The things I don’t know, or am not so good at, I refer out. I find the people who ARE GOOD at those things. Thus, I have built an exceptional referral network that I am proud of. I am confident in these folks that they will get the complementary results that my training alone cannot do.( I would like to emphasize here, that I don’t refer people to my sister, aunt, other relative or friend, or to anyone who asks for a referral.) My referrals are people who I have checked out myself, who’s work I know, have seen results for myself and for others: They include – Nutrition, Chiropractors, Massage therapists, more Advanced corrective exercise . My inspiration and new ideas come from peer reviewed journals, and not hyped upcommercial  fitness magazines that regurgitate the same information, only  with newer, trendier outfits, year after year.

I remain true to classic exercises, time tested and proven techniques, that yield results year after year, for the fittest and healthiest BODIES in the world!

So, as long as you are improving, there is a proper trainer training relationship. When improvement ceases, well, I think you know the answer….

In your humble service,



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Too much or too little movement- either is detrimental to our physical, mental and spiritual being! Everything in the Universe is constantly MOVING…. and everything has an optimal rate of MOVEMENT. When you are not moving enough, or if you are moving too fast, your body has pain, disease and stress! The answer is an OPTIMAL exercise movement program.

Just as the body needs to feed on good quality food, the mind must also be fed good thoughts. Our physical movement starts in our brain, with our thoughts, and then proceeds outward from our CORE to our limbs.

My NEW Fitness program is THE ONLY  fitness program of its kind, that starts with SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE movements that date back to the beginnings of MAN.  Just as the early man had to be strong to cope with his daily life, so I have developed similar movements, that allow us to cope with OUR DAILY lives. I believe that the foundation of movement that improves, not harms, is based on EFFECTIVE BREATHING, BALANCE and COORDINATION, which in turn builds a stronger and more flexible body. I believe in whole body movements, and not isolated ones, (unless there is a specific need for that). To me, that is more like we were meant to move.

And THAT is also my definition of FUNCTIONAL FITNESS! To be FUNCTIONALLY FIT means that  you to have ample energy for daily WORK and injury free PLAY! It means  to MOVE your whole body with awareness and CONFIDENCE!