Outdoor Fitness

Here’s why you’ll never want to miss our class: Your trainer and group are waiting for you at the meeting location. You have a short period of time out of your day to go all out. You have paid upfront; you are committed. Your group has now become your team. You’re amazed at the level which you can now workout. Your body is changing!

The program focuses on strengthening the core muscle groups while providing a full-body workout. By using tools such as resistance bands, body weight and gravity, stairs, hand weights, and natural props, we design a wide variety of fun and exciting workouts that are guaranteed to challenge your body and mind. The small group environment and careful attention to each individual’s needs make Boot Camp an ideal complement to your exercise routine. Whether you are a competitive athlete looking to increase performance, or an individual who wants to improve fitness, this program is sure to inspire you and bring your fitness to the next level. Boot Camp classes can accommodate all levels of fitness.

Boot Camp is focused on environmental integration and is designed to promote the mind-body connection created during the outdoor workout experience. We believe that there is no greater workout setting than the natural environment and this class takes full advantage of all the beauty Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties has to offer. By holding classes in a variety of locations within the counties, Boot Camp showcases the diversity and beauty of the area. Beaches, forests, mountains, and trails will motivate and inspire you to reach your fullest potential.

Outdoor Fitness combines cardiovascular with resistance activities in a fun, group, outdoor workout environment. You will never have a dull moment in this fast-paced, individually challenging class. Even in this group class environment, each individual is challenged at his or her own level and pushed to their potential.

CLASS SCHEDULE

MONDAY

6:15 a.m. & 9:15 A.M.  Seabright Beach / 3rd Avenue

WEDNESDAY

6:15 a.m.  Anna Jean Cummings – Blue Ball Park  (park at high school)
9:15 A.M.   Frederick Street Park

FRIDAY

6:15 a.m.  Main Beach – across from Volleyball courts
9:15 A.M.  Westcliff Lighthouse

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Optimal Fitness

OHF is an inspiring, holistic, and multi-dimensional approach to fitness. This approach, which borrows from disciplines as varied as functional fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, Qi Gong as well as traditional calisthenics as you know it. OHF workouts challenge the body to work collectively as a whole, firing up the muscles in a sequential pattern. Because of the integration of more muscles into the workout, boot camp can be an effective alternative to conventional training for those trying to lose weight. Think about the things in your life that you do everyday: getting out of bed, walking steps, standing up from a chair, opening a car door and getting into the car. These tasks may seem trivial, but over a lifetime poor movement patterns in performance of these trivial activities will lead to back pain, neck soreness and tightness, and knee damage. Poor movement patterns also create general levels of fatigue and soreness. Our classes are a 60-minute dynamic total body workout designed to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance. Beaches, forests, mountains, and the trails of Santa Cruz will motivate and inspire you to reach your fullest potential.

Features of our Boot Camp

Physiology

Understanding the physiology of the human body, we structure our classes to minimize potential injury and to maximize the training impact. The order in which you do particular exercises is absolutely crucial to your fitness results. Therefore, we think about our 60-minute bootcamps in 15-minute intervals. During these shorter intervals, we alternate between our unique training methods which yields a constant switching from cardiovascular to strength work, bringing the heart rate up and back down again. This undoubtedly delivers best results in strengthening and toning, weight loss, building endurance and increasing energy levels.
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All Levels

We welcome all fitness levels and ages of women and men into our bootcamps. More often than not, there will be others similar to you. We are very experienced and make sure that every person is being properly challenged. Our bootcamp is in no way intimidating. Everyone at bootcamp wants to be in better physical condition. We see that you do your best to achieve your goals. We have seen that without our bootcamp, you would never workout this efficiently or effectively on your own.

Variety

There is no “typical” day of outdoor bootcamp because we use several kinds of exercises, including individual, partner and team exercises, to execute our training methods. We make each class different, challenging and exciting so that there is no routine and that you want to keep coming back. Having a workout routine with the same exercises is not only boring, but your body gets used to it and will not continue to be properly challenged. We understand this and constantly change things up and bring in the latest, best workout ideas. We are fitness geeks and are continually learning what science is saying about optimizing human performance.
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Full Body

This intense, fun-filled group class incorporates cardio, muscular endurance, plyometrics, calisthenics and core strengthening exercises into your workout. Boot Camp is open to beginners to seasoned athletes and is designed to burn calories, kick start your metabolism and get you into the best shape of your life! OHF keeps their classes relatively small so that we can concentrate on the form and flexibility of each client throughout the fitness routines. This ensures that you get maximum results and you reduce the risk of injury.
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Equipment

We use no typical gym equipment. We mainly use the natural outdoor environment and your own body weight. We provide jump ropes and resistance bands during the week and other functional fitness equipment during our circuit class. All that you would need to bring is optional: a large or medium-sized towel or yoga mat for groundwork, resistance band, bicycling or weight-lifting gloves without the fingers to protect your hands while you are exercising and water to keep yourself well hydrated. Some clients bring water, some don’t, it’s up to you. During winter months clients often wear beanies and layer as the weather is variable.

OHF

Optimal Health and Fitness is an inspiring, holistic, and multi-dimensional approach to fitness. This approach, which borrows from disciplines as varied as functional fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, Qi Gong as well as traditional calisthenics as you know it. OHF workouts challenge the body to work collectively as a whole, firing up the muscles in a sequential pattern. Our classes are a 60-minute dynamic total body workout designed to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance.

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Tips for Your Workout

Please arrive on time and ready to go and arrive hydrated; it takes 30-60 minutes for you body to absorb fluids so best to keep water in your car to have immediately following your workout. Dress appropriately; in the winter months it is wise to have non-cotton layering clothes, gloves and a rain jacket.

YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN TO THIS LOCATION BEFORE….

But please make sure you look at the directions so you know EXACTLY where our group meets! We don’t want you to get frustrated because you could not find us!

WHERE IS THE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES?

The class schedule can be found on this page. We hand pick several locations around Santa Cruz County and have East and West side classes. Because we like to offer fun and creative workouts our schedule does vary.

Where do we meet for Boot Camp?
We change our locations, so best to keep up to date. You can download the MindBody smart phone app and find Optimal Health and Fitness.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BOOT CAMP?
Each class is one hour and meets 3x/day during weekdays and sometimes Saturday mornings. The classes provide dynamic total body workouts designed to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance. The program focuses on strengthening the core muscle groups while providing a full-body workout. By using tools such as resistance bands, body weight and gravity, stairs, and natural props, we design a wide variety of fun and exciting workouts that are guaranteed to challenge your body and mind.
WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER POLICY?
9/10 times it might say it will rain or be raining where you are and by the time you get to class, the clouds somehow part and we hold class anyway! We will hold class as long as its safe. If a class is canceled for any reason, we will offer a make-up class. If you are unsure of the weather conditions, please call or text the OHF main office line (831) 222-0189. You may also call the instructor directly as their contact info is embedded into our class schedule.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?

You should wear comfortable workout gear and some comfortable running shoes. Please eat something before coming to class. We recommend bringing water to have before and after the class, but our participants usually do not carry water with them. Some of our clients wear gloves, a beanie, bring a towel or yoga mat. You are welcome to drop off your keys in the trainers car so you don’t have to carry them around with you.

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HOW DO I REGISTER?

You register by purchasing 1 class, a 10-class pack or unlimited monthly. Please pay with your registration as it’s best not to give the trainers money. It gives them more work to do and we want you in our system so we are tracking your attendance, but more importantly so you get the chance to get more freebies and fun goodies from us!

WHAT IF I AM RUNNING LATE?
If you are running late for whatever reason, best to call or text the instructor for that specific class to find out where they are headed at a particular location so you can find the class and join them when you arrive. It’s important to do this so he/she can grab extra equipment if needed. The Instructors name will be in the Description of the class in our software as well as their phone number.
WHO JOINS THE BOOT CAMP?
All kinds of people, we have anyone from novice athletes to triathletes, teens to seniors with all kinds of backgrounds.  The ratio is about 4:1 female-to-male. We have clients aging from 21-74. Classes are ALL abilities.
DO I NEED TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE?
Absolutely not. Our classes are designed to get you in shape. You are pushed and encouraged based on your current level of fitness. The instructors give you a range of reps, so you can gauge where you are at, and do the appropriate amount for you. We want you to give your best effort on that particular day.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
New participants can expect about a 15-20% improvement in strength and endurance after the first session. Our findings also show that flexibility; agility and body composition are improved. Subjective things like increased energy levels, improved sleep, reduced join stiffness and happier moods are also reported.

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