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Healthy Tip Tuesday!
We love sharing our knowledge and helping our members lead healthier lives.
Every Tuesday we will be sharing some healthy knowledge with you all. If you have any special requests just let us know!

The best part is that most of the products we highlight in our weekly tips we have made easily accessible to you all in our Beach Balance Boutique within Suite G. And if you don’t have it in stock we will make sure to point you in the right direction.

We are going to kick off our Healthy Tuesday Tips with Bone Broth!

A great way to boost your immune system for this cold and flu season is to start consuming Bone Broth on a regular basis.

Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation, which will in turn improve your digestion and assimilation of the foods you are eating.

Bone Broth Resources & Recipes

Clean – Bone Broth

Balanced Bites – Bone broth

Bone Broth for Health

The healthy Maven – Slow cooker

Nom Nom Paleo – How to store Bone Broth

Pinterest – Bone broth

Yummy Recipes with Bone Broth


We carry 15 oz. containers of Bone Broth Protein in 3 flavors:
Pure, Alkaline and Vanilla.
We carry Single Serve packets of Bone Broth Protein in 4 flavors:
Chocolate, Pure, Turmeric and Vanilla.


Beach Fitness trainers and group classes can be your way to the best beach body ever this year! Make a dedicated plan, stick to it, and exceed your goals! These simple 4 steps will get you to the fitness level you want before this summer’s here.


The human body is made of about 60% water. In order to maintain normal bodily functions, including digestion and muscle building, we should be drinking roughly HALF our bodyweight in ounces of water every day. While water doesn’t have direct effects on weight loss, changing your usual high-calorie beverage for it can definitely help. When it comes to exercise, water is essential. Our muscle cells diminish when not given adequate balance of fluids and electrolytes, causing muscle fatigue. Looking for faster results because summer is just around the corner? Well it’s simple, drink MORE water!


The best way to a beach body is by working out. Challenge yourself each and every time you’re in the gym for best results. High intensity training will shed fat mass and increase lean muscle quicker than traditional resistance training. Short bouts of intense, complex exercise with minimal rest will spike your resting metabolism and help burn off fat just in time for summer! Lift stronger, faster, and more frequently for a leaner, toned beach body.


There’s no workout that outweighs a bad diet, plain and simple. Supplement your hard physical work with proper nutrition, and your efforts won’t go to waste. There are plenty of ways to research what percentages of your diet should be proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Following a “macros” diet is a great way to be specific in your eating, however simply recognizing what’s good and bad will also help. My personal go-to meal for weight loss includes fish or chicken (great sources of protein), along with adequate vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, and green beans) and some healthy fats mixed in (coconut/olive oil, almonds, avocado).


With increased physical activity levels, your body needs an increased amount of recovery time. You’ll be amazed and how much energy can be added to your day with 8 solid hours of quality sleep. Shut all electronic screens off an hour before going to sleep, and mentally prepare yourself for rest. Our bodies don’t simply turn-off when we get into bed. Often times our minds are still working while our conscious checks out, provided poor quality sleep and low energy and motivation for the next day.

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Born and raised in Long Beach, Alex earned his degree in Kinesiology from CSULB.  He is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, NSCA certified personal trainer,  and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard. His athletic experience started as a small child playing soccer and has developed into a well-rounded athlete that enjoys running, swimming, surfing and basically all outdoor activities… (Don’t get him started on fishing.)

Reboot your metabolism to lose weight and gain energy!

Is willpower the reason you can’t lose weight? When’s the last time you reset your metabolism? Maybe your lack of energy and weight loss challenges aren’t a diet issue, but a metabolism that needs a wake up call!

Learn from 30 experts at The Metabolism Summit when you register for free today!

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Sara Vance created The Metabolism Summit to help those who are suffering with weight and chronic health issues. No diet will work until the underlying metabolic issues are resolved. And, many falsely blame themselves or a lack of willpower for not being able to lose or keep off the weight. But this has never been a failure of will, it’s due to a broken metabolism.

Optimizing your metabolism can help you:

  • Lose excess weight and increase energy
  • Reduce inflammation and cultivate digestion
  • Advance brain function and improve mood
  • Upgrade sleep and reduce stress
  • Boost immunity and prevent disease
  • Manage cravings and help hormones

Attend and listen to the following experts (and 25 others!):

  • Terry Wahls, MD, Food as Medicine to Overcome Chronic Symptoms
  • Tom O’Bryan, DC, Is Gluten Holding Your Metabolism Hostage?
  • Christa Orecchio, Common Gut Insults and How to Overcome Them
  • Ann Louise Gittleman, Belly Fat: Could It Be Parasites?
  • Liz Lipski, Could Our Microbiome Hold Our Metabolism Hostage?

Register today and you’ll gain access to the following free gifts:

  • Expert Talk #1: Ann Louise Gittleman, Bile: Your Metabolism’s BFF
  • Expert Talk #2: Jeffrey Smith, Hidden Ways GMOs Can Devastate Your Health
  • Free Gift #3: Your Host, Sara Vance, Interviewed by Dr. Eric Zielinski, Fix The Metabolism: The Real Secret to Optimal Weight & Health
  • Free Gift #4: The Perfect Metabolism Plan, Chapter One: Break up with Sugar, by Sara Vance

The Metabolism Summit is online and free from February 1-8, 2016!

Register for FREE at the following link today:

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I’ll see you at the summit!

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ELDOA, also known as Longitudinal Osteo Articular Decoaption Stretching, provides a unified approach contributing to the longevity and overall wellness of the body by improving the fascial system. The ELDOA creates fascial tension to normalize the space in a joint or between vertebrae to maintain a healthy disc. By implementing the postures practiced in ELDOA, the overall wellness and integrity of your spine will be greatly improved.

Postures practiced in ELDOA teach you how to:

  • Gain body awareness
  • Coordinate the body & mind
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Use energy efficiently
  • Coordinate & utilize core strength

Other benefits of ELDOA include:

  • Improved posture
  • Better muscle tone & strength
  • Better circulation
  • Improved recovery time
  • Enhanced sleep patterns
  • Improved Biomechanics & overall performance
  • Relief of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Reduces stress

Dr. Guy Voyer DO the founder and creator of the ELDOA method, has institutes and education programs currently being taught across the globe.  His students include medical doctors, osteopaths, physical therapists, chiropractors and many other health professionals learning his methods to help improve bodies all over the world.

This approach is quickly becoming well known and is already used among top athletes, heath-fitness enthusiasts, and people with chronic pain all around the world. Beach Fitness has the largest staff of certified ELDOA instructors and is among the few facilities offering classes that are specific to the ELDOA method on the West Coast. At Beach Fitness ELDOA education and certifications are offered throughout the year to all levels of health and fitness practitioners by ELDOA specialist and SOMA Practitioner, Bryce Turner.

Check out our online schedule and join us for a class soon!

For more information please contact us at


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Bryce Turner is the co-owner of Beach Fitness.  He specializes in functional therapy in regards to total body joint and spinal mobility, stability, and alignment.


Now is the time to get you your spouse, or your best friend, or your kid or your parents to come get fit!  ANYONE you want who isn’t yet a part of our community – Get them all to come work out with you.

NO barrier to entry. No Anchor program prerequisite. NO reason not to start NOW!

The holidays are coming and you can get your friends & family is the best shape of their lives,  just like you!



The following information is adapted from the

What is Collagen?

Collagen powder comes from the same collagen found in skin, bones and cartilage. It’s pure protein that is quickly absorbed in the body/digestive tract.

Collagen is the gold standard for achieving the fastest possible healthy tissue repair, muscle matrix, bone renewal and recovery after exercise. It can boost mental clarity, reduce inflammation, upgrade your skin, and its basically tasteless so it can be easily mixed into any smoothie or beverage.

Why we need it?

Upgraded Collagen supplies essential proteins that our bodies use to build and repair our bones, joint surfaces, skin, teeth, eyes, arteries, intervertebral disks, and much more. Collagen is one of the most important nutrients needed to maintain a strong body, keep you in healing mode, and decrease the degenerative effects of aging.

Unfortunately, in our modern culture the average person doesn’t consume that much collagen in their diet. Collagen traditionally made its way into our diets through bone-broths, slow-cooked organ meats, whole crustaceans, and whole fish soups and stews. In this day and age we just don’t often prepare traditional foods like our ancestors did. A product like collagen powder gives us the simplest and best source of these essential nutrients without all the fuss. Upgraded Collagen is a dietary supplement that can be added to any liquid drink, or paleo meal you already make.

Benefits of Upgraded Collagen

  • Fast tissue repair– Upgraded Collagen provides the particular proteins that ensure cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bone.
  • Greater flexibility and mobility– Upgraded Collagen makes the main building blocks of connective tissue more bioavailable and better absorbed into joints for greater flexibility and mobility.
  • Stronger bones and joints– Upgraded Collagen supports strong, heavier, denser bones and is an excellent source of proline and glycine, two building blocks of cartilage that are essential for refueling after exercise and sports.
  • Revitalized skin– Upgraded Collagen promotes skin hydration, reduces the number of fine lines, prevents deeper wrinkles, and maintains the suppleness of your skin from the inside-out.
  • Weight loss– Upgraded Collagen (97% pure protein) helps with weight loss by delivering quick satiation of hunger.
  • Build Muscle– Upgraded Collagen supports muscle building by facilitating the synthesis of creatine in the body.
  • Reduce aging– Upgraded Collagen replaces the necessary proteins that diminish and breakdown from aging.
  • Deeper Sleep– Upgraded Collagen taken at bedtime deepens sleep, provides arginine to stimulate growth hormone release, and provides nutrients necessary to perform tissue repair while sleeping.
  • Brain Function– Upgraded Collagen provides glycine, a neurotransmitter involved in motor and sensory pathways as well as ATP synthesis.


I use collagen daily in my coffee and in my superfood smoothie mixtures. I have had great great results using collegn pwoder consistently my hair, nails and skin, are all noticeably improved and I feel great because I recover faster!  – Barb Lands

Join us Tuesdays & Thursdays in our Los Alamitos Location.

7:30am with Mike Makin

iBoot Camp is a kick-your-butt workout that will leave you sore, but begging for more! Work with our expert trainers to tighten and tone your ENTIRE body with this INTENSE workout.

This workout contains CARDIO, STRENGTH TRAINING, and a BUTT KICKIN’!


Hiring a certified personal trainer can give you the extra boost you need to reach your health and fitness goals. If you decide to hire someone, make sure they have a nationally recognized certification or a degree in kinesiology or a related field. You can hire someone to work with you individually, or you can join a small group to make sessions even more cost effective. There are so many benefits to working with a personal trainer but all of them lead you to reaching your goals faster!


You can get the most out of your workouts by having someone else program for you. A personal trainer can help you set goals in the beginning of your new program and then keep you on track so that you reach those goals efficiently. You won’t have to think about what muscle groups you are going to workout each day or if an exercise is right for you and your specific needs. Your trainer will always be prepared to work around any injuries you may have and will get you in and out of the gym in a productive manner because you won’t be procrastinating over the next exercise.


A good trainer will always be prepared with variety of exercise methods to help you have fun and stay fired up during your session. Creating variety will not only prevent you from getting bored with your program you will benefit from continuously changing things up, because constant variation is one of the keys to a well rounded fitness program.


Staying on the right track is easier if you know someone is there expecting you to meet for a session. Good trainers don’t let you makes excuses to skip a workout or they will work with you to reschedule your appointment and keep your routine consistent. Being consistent with a fitness program is the faster way to achieve your goals. Hiring someone to keep you focused is the best way to keep you accountable!


A good trainer will encourage you to push through your limits and inspire you to try new movements that will help you see effects of your hard work faster. Being enthusiastic about the activities you are trying to execute is a lot more fun with someone right there cheering you on.


A professional trainer will always be improving their knowledge on the most up to date fitness methods and will bring those techniques to you. Your trainer will teach you how to execute movements properly and will find ways to substitute movements if a particular exercise isn’t feeling good. They will constantly watch you perform fitness movements to makes sure you are getting the most out of each workout. A good trainer will have in-depth knowledge of fitness, nutrition and mobility techniques to help you reach your goals.

Remember before you begin any new exercise program, consult with your doctor. If you have any health issues, let your trainer know during the evaluation.


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Barbara Lands

Barb earned her B.S at CSULB in Kinesiology & Exercise Science. She also holds a Masters Degree in Sport Management from USF. Barb currently focuses on the BeachFit Nutrition & Wellness program and is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & a Holistic Health Coach. As Co-Owner of Beach Fitness she continues to personal train and motivate her clients & staff to live happier and healthier lives.

If you’re considering working with a personal trainer, you’ll need to decide if you should work with a personal trainer who is based at a gym or semi-private training studio, or one who will come to you.

For people who are new to exercise, prefer not going to a gym, or who have jam-packed schedules, an in-home personal trainer is the way to go. Here are some benefits of working with a personal trainer who brings the workout to you.

-No equipment necessary – All you need is a bit of space at home. Your living room, spare room, garage, backyard, or even a local park or the like outdoor area will suffice. A good personal trainer will design an effective program sans heavy duty gym machinery or other fitness tools. Should you have equipment readily available to you, it only adds to this benefit.

-Privacy and Comfort – Where else are you most comfortable than in your own home? No need to jostle for position on the gym floor or worry about distractions from other people working out around you, efficient private workouts will only make your training experience better.

-Convenience – When a trainer comes to you, no need to pack a bag or allot time to travel. With your already hectic schedule, in home training will save you time and the hassle of trying to fit going to the gym into your day.

-Accountability – The alarm goes off in the morning and you try to talk yourself out of going to the gym and working out today. Do you think that will happen when you know your trainer will be knocking at your door at 7am? Your trainer will be making sure that you stay committed and doing all the things you need to do to achieve your fitness needs and goals.

If you would like to reap these benefits of having a trainer come to you and would like more information, contact us at 562.493.8426 and ask about our in-home personal training program “Home Body Project”

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With a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach and holding certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in Personal Training and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Lester brings almost a decade’s worth of personal training experience to Beach Fitness.

“Do you CrossFit?”  This is a valid question to ask an individual who coaches CrossFit. When approached by this question, however, I always hesitate with my answer because it’s complicated.

For me, it ultimately comes down to my goals and following a program. I know I will never podium in the CrossFit games or even come close to regionals but I’m pretty proficient in following a specific program strength and/or weightlifting, practicing for a sport/race, reinforcement work, etc. The caveat is that it has to be laid out already the movements, percentages, reps, sets, and rest. If I were to program for myself it would consist of biased movements, emotional overload and a better chance of just saying “no”.

This is where CrossFit comes in.  A CrossFit WOD enables my mind to shut off and allows my body to do work. With so many movements involved in a constantly varied approach, coaches and athletes can relate no matter their background. For example, if a group of 4 trainers following different programs wanted to do some conditioning, we can all collaborate and use CrossFit as a basis and decide on a workout from there. Everyone will be able to suggest movements and rep schemes without favoring one movement over another. Now if you ask me to meet “Fran” I’ll simply decline and offer “Linda” instead :).

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 1.31.55 PMHelena is a CrossFit level 1 trainer with a personal training certification from NSCA. She has her BS in Exercise Science and is currently earning herPhD in Physical Therapy.