New This Spring at Golden Door

March 15, 2017 by Golden Door

Introducing the Shaman  Experience one of the most ancient and sacred healing traditions that allows the Shaman to facilitate a clearing of imbalances from your past, present and future to guide you towards a direction of healing. Shaman Dani Burling has studied the healing arts for 25 years and has taught the powerful healing wisdom of the shaman for the past 9 years. Her journey began as a registered nutritionist, herbalist and iridologist and then became a Reiki master, advanced Thetahealer and Clinically certified Hypotherapist. Dani is now available for private healing sessions at Golden Door! Sacred Shaman Clearing / 60 mins $245 Sacred Shaman Journey / 60 mins $245 Sacred Shaman Clearing & Journey session / 90 mins $295 New Acupuncturist  Golden Door welcomes our newest Acupuncturist, Jillian Jancic! Jillian has facilitated healing experiences for over fifteen years and  certifications in multiple massage therapy modalities and therapeutic yoga. She has a …


Baby Step Your way to a Fabulously Fit Physique

December 17, 2014 by Golden Door Fitness

By: Nick Poggi and Sandy Carden How taking a soft approach will give you a hard body  When attempting to get back in shape, many people try the “all or nothing” technique.  Though this passionate approach can be alluring, it is seldom sustainable. We have all seen the determined crowds of people flocking to the gym every January with aggressive work out plans announcing to the world that, “this is the year I become fit!”  Unfortunately, by February most of these people have lost their exercise zeal and instead replace it with excuses of hard luck and distraction. Yet, there are those who are able to overcome this perceived wall and actually find fitness success for themselves. The secret they use is much more practical.  Taking a ‘baby step” approach to developing good exercise habits is a lot less exciting but harbors a lot more success. It works so well …


What is the Solution to Your Fitness Resolution??

February 26, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Remember those bold promises you made to yourself a few months ago? Take a minute to ask yourself how they are coming along. This is the time of year when many resolutions are forgotten or are fading fast due to busy schedules and lack of motivation. Every January it is really easy to say I have made a fitness resolution fully believing you are going to stick to it. Early in the year, going to the gym is fun, many gyms across the country create an atmosphere of higher energy and show a family type setting that is extremely inviting.  There is a reason that gyms have their highest membership rates in the beginning of the year and then slowly drop in numbers as time goes on. By the end of January many of the promotional events that once served as motivators have ended and the high energy atmosphere begins …


Does Walking Really Work?

March 5, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

BY DIANE ALLAN AND NICK POGGI There has been a fitness trend of step counting that has become a near obsession. Many times per day our guests (and trainers) will stop mid exercise to check just how many steps they have taken.  Accomplishing 10,000 steps has been the accepted daily goal, yet here at The Golden Door many guests are able to achieve that with hiking before they even have breakfast. Let’s stop to ask ourselves, is there more than just a mental benefit from achieving 10000 steps per day. Here are some fun facts about the benefits of walking. 1. People take roughly 2,000 steps per mile. This is good to know if you do not have a pedometer handy. 2. Walking can help improve the health of your cardiovascular system. 3. Going on a walk can help improve digestion. 4. According to the American Heart Association walking can …


Bi-Coastal Body Burn: How to Stay in Tip Top Shape When Traveling for Work

March 25, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Making the voyage from coast to coast is becoming a more common means of conducting business these days. Though the novelties of a big new city can be exciting it is extremely easy to spend numerous days with minimal physical activity. Business meetings and company dinners can ultimately consume much of our travel time leaving us with too little activity and too many calories. So how do you keep a strong routine despite these challenges? The answer might be easier than you think.  Create your own 15 minute body weight routine and perform it every other day of your trip to help burn excess calories and keep your body strong until your return home. ***Pick your 3 favorite body weight exercises, 15 repetitions each, repeat for 3 rounds as fast as you can without compromising form.  Some of my favorite includes: 1. Push-ups (Either from the knees or from the …


Temperature UP, Body Fat Down

April 8, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Here are eight ways to live healthier and lean up during the warmer seasons: 1. Start your day a healthy way with hot water and lemon. It will help cleanse the liver and detox the body for a fresh start to the day. 2. Healthy Domino Effect: A healthy habit of action will help your mindset stay strong. Once a habit is formed, it becomes harder to break it. 3. One meal at a time: Don’t overwhelm yourself with the pressures of adhering to a full dietary change. Start with one meal at a time. 4. Get the right amount of sleep: Studies show that people who sleep 7-8 hours per night tend to have lower body fat percentages. 5. Buy a new bathing suit and place it somewhere easily visible in your house. This will serve as a subtle reminder to eat right and exercise every time you imagine yourself wearing …


The Perfect Christmas Morning Workout Plan

December 24, 2014 by Nick Poggi

This year let your mind AND body enjoy the most magical day of the year.  Gifting yourself with a quick 10 minute workout before opening presents will not only boost your metabolism before indulging on the day’s sweet treats, but will help to decrease stress and add to the magical feeling that this wonderful holiday bestows upon us all.  Plan: Perform these 8 exercises Time: 1 minute each Rest: 15 seconds between rounds Benefits: Calories burned, metabolism up, mood elevated. Fit Test: Every three, you can use this workout as a fitness test. Exercises:                                                             Body Weight Squat  (Sumo) Push ups (Either from the knees or from the toes) Jumping Jacks Lunges (30 sec Left, 30 Sec Right) Bridges Crunches Plank Rotations …


Tabata: The Fresh and Fast Way to a Lean Body

January 8, 2015 by Nick Poggi

You might ask yourself, what is Tabata training and is it right for me? Tabata training is a way training that requires you to push your absolute hardest for twenty seconds of intensity, followed by 10 seconds of complete rest. Repeat this sequence 8 times and you will have completed a Tabata workout.   It was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan. They found that performing this 4 minute sequence gave more benefit to your aerobic and anaerobic capacity compared to performing an hour of endurance exercise. If you think about the time saving potential of this it is pretty incredible. So go out and try it! The best part is that you can choose almost whatever exercise you want in Tabata training. Here are a few of my favorites.  Just remember what 100% effort really means. If …


5 Ways to Find Time for Fitness

January 21, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

By Nick Poggi and Melissa Lopez It’s late January and the excitement of new year’s resolutions is starting to fade. Along with them are people’s motivations and aspirations for a fitter, heathier life.  This seems to happen every year at this time. Gyms become crowded with new exercisers who have a new found zeal for fitness, yet after just a few weeks the same hurdles and excuses that once got in their way seem to take hold again.  The main excuse is almost always, “I JUST DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME!” Our lives are truly busy, but I guarantee that people who maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle are equally as busy.  Here are 5 ways how to create time for fitness in your busy life: 1. Prioritize: Often people who find success professionally and in the gym are very good at staying organized and prioritized. If you work at …


Exercise Vs. Sweating

February 11, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Ever have that feeling that no matter how often you exercise you just cannot see a change in your body? If you do you, are not alone. Many people work out 5-6 days per week and still hold on to stubborn body fat.  It can be a very discouraging to feel that you do not possess the power to change yourself for the better but, there is a way. Write down your exercises for two weeks and at the end of day 14 look to see how many times you’ve worked out to at high intensity. Working out at least a few days per week at a higher level is the key to illicit change. Remember, there is a difference between exercising and sweating. Exercising is pushing your body (in a safe, but effective way) so that you achieve physiological changes (ie. Loosing fat, building lean muscle). Exercising at a …


No Butts About It!

May 5, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Gluts are often a forgotten muscle group when it comes to strength and fitness. In fact, it seems the only care most exercisers have for them is aesthetics.  Seldom is there a thought of just how important they are for our overall strength and health.  You have to ask yourself, “When was the last time that I went to the gym to focus solely on my gluts?” My guess is at least a month.  Your gluteal muscles are responsible for so much movement and stability that they deserve at least one day a week of undivided attention. Too often we will perform lower body exercises with the assumption that our gluts are getting a great workout, but in reality other muscles (like quads and hamstrings) are taking on most of the work. It’s time for exercisers to start concentrating a little bit harder on their backside. Keeping not only “toned,” …


The 5 Minute Workout Routine that will Shed those Last few lbs for Summer

May 13, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Is your body ready for the summer season? Do you have those last few pounds to lose? This quick workout will not only make you look tighter in your swimsuit, but will help to give you a strong and functional core. Directions: 1) Try to perform this at least 3 days per week. 2) 15 reps for each exercise . 3) Perform exercise as fast as possible without compromising form. 4) 3 times through each exercise in a circuit fashion.   Triceps Dips on Chair 1) Place hands on chair. 2) Keep back close to chair and feet flat. 3) Dips body down, ex-tend arms and raise back up.   Push Ups From Toes or Knees 1) Place hands directly underneath shoulders. 2) Either with knees or toes touching the ground, lower body to the ground and then push back up. 3) Keep back flat and abs tight.   Body …


Sensing Your Yoga

October 27, 2015 by Francine Hoffman

Yoga offers rich opportunities to focus on the “now” by using your senses as potent guides to the present moment.  Your kinesthetic sense tells you where you are in relationship to the earth; your haptic sense reads impressions of touch, both powerful guides to mind-full moments.  Additionally, your sense of sight and sense of hearing can be used to create a strong focus instead of causing distractions.  Here are some ways to refresh your yoga practice and thus, your mind, with sensory mindfulness.   To hone your kinesthetic and haptic senses: – Practice your poses facing away from the mirror to sense your position without the help or critique of your eyes. – Locate your head, hands and feet in every pose to give you a sense of grounding, whether you are upside down, twisting or bending. – In sitting poses, notice how your sit bones touch the floor, i.e., …


Rotator Workout

June 17, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Did you know that shoulders are the most commonly injured area in the human body? Chances are you or someone you know suffer from a degree of shoulder stiffness or pain. They are so commonly injured due to their ability to move in a large range of motion. Postural problems are also a major contributor to this. If you are suffering from shoulder pain, stiffness or just generalized discomfort try these exercises with a light dumbbell a few times per week. They can help strengthen the supporting muscles around your shoulder, help to alleviate pain and also prevent a more serious injury in the future.   STANDING REAR FLY:   


Having trouble sleeping? Exercise!

July 9, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night, even after a long day of work. According to a study published in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, exercising throughout the week cuts down significantly on feelings of sleepiness during the day.  The participants who exercised for 150 minutes throughout the week were 65% less sleepy during the day than those who did not exercise. Another study published in The Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine found a relation between exercise and sleep quality.  Participants with insomnia who exercised daily reported waking up fewer times during the night and feeling more rejuvenated the next day. While we often think of exercise as a means for weight loss or general health, it is important to recognize that it is just as important for sleep. Considering that on average people spend 6 to 8 hours sleeping, it is always important to …


Golden Door Welcomes Fitness Trainer Keli Roberts

August 12, 2014 by Golden Door

We are so excited to welcome Keli Roberts, a world renowned fitness educator, trainer and the award recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Instructor of the Year, to Golden Door at the end of this month (August 31  – September 7). Celebrity trainer, fitness instructor, author and more! Keli Roberts has done it all. A native of Australia, Keli has been recognized as a fitness authority that’s transformed fitness education with groundbreaking innovations characterized by her expert skill and instruction. Keli has been featured in Shape, Elle, Health, Fitness, Self, Ms Fitness, American Fitness, Allure and many international publications as well. Additionally, Keli is a featured instructor on the award winning TV series, CRUNCH Fitness, on ESPN. Keli will be on the front lines with our guests teaching our indoor cycling series, Kickbox Boot Camp, Centered Strength—a  stability ball workout to improve postural alignment and muscle tone—and Glute Camp—a “below …


How to Find the Best Personal Trainer for You

August 14, 2014 by Nick Poggi

In recent years, the personal training profession has skyrocketed. You can walk in to just about any gym and find it packed with personal trainers ecstatically awaiting for your business. At the same time, we have all heard horror stories about friends or family hiring trainers that pushed too hard, talked too much, or caused injury.  So how do you find that perfect trainer who is going to be safe, effective, and help you to ultimately reach your goals?? The Golden Door fitness team has come up with three tips to help you out. 1) Communication: talking vs. listening The reason we hire a personal trainer is to guide us towards our fitness goals. Ultimately, they are YOUR goals. Make sure the fitness professional you hire does not create a set of his/her own goals for you.  If you are paying someone to help you improve your running ability, make sure …


Golden Door Partners with Pauma Valley County Club!

August 22, 2014 by Golden Door

We are thrilled to announce Golden Door has signed an exclusive partnership with Pauma Valley Country Club for the use of the Robert Trent Jones golf course. The golf course at PVCC is a traditional Robert Trent Jones Sr. design.  Our guests can enjoy a spectacular game of golf  surrounded by mountains and avocado and citrus groves during their week. The course has been ranked in the top 100 best courses in the U.S. and top 10 in California by Golf Digest.   About Robert Trent Jones: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. did not invent golf course architecture, it only seems that way. In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Jones built or rebuilt some 400 courses in 45 states in the U. S. and 35 countries worldwide, with more than three dozen of them having played host to national or international championships. Jones made an art form of heroic architecture, …


Beat Fatigue with these Four At-Home Body Weight Exercises

August 25, 2014 by Nick Poggi

For many of us in today’s world every morning starts the same way. We wake up with high hopes of exercise, yet as the day progresses and fatigue sets in we fall short of our good intentions and fall prey to the comforts of relaxing at home on the couch.  It’s important to know this does happen to everyone, so next time you find yourself skipping your workout and heading for home try these four fast blasting body weight exercises to get the benefits of the gym in a more convenient setting. –  Body weight squat –  Push ups –  Crunches –  Tricep Dips Perform each exercise 2 times for 15 repetitions each and within 10 minutes you will have your workout done and you’ll be ready to relax.


Three Fitness Secrets From the Golden Door

July 1, 2014 by Nick Poggi

The famous Golden Door is renowned for its expertise in fitness, so too are its experienced trainer’s in their approach to creating personal programs for each individual guest. Here are three secrets that will help you not only achieve your fitness goals, but will keep you healthy and happy along the way. 1)  Customize your workouts– we are all different in the way we walk, talk and move. Just because one exercise plan works for a friend, doesn’t mean it is right for you. Lunges might be a great toning exercise for a one person, but might result in sore knees for someone else. Work with a trainer to come up with a unique routine to compliment the way your body moves. Your workouts will be optimized, and your joints will be happy. 2) Harder is not always better– Did you know that rest and recovery is as important as the exercise …


5 Reasons Why Women Should Do Resistance Training

July 14, 2014 by Golden Door Fitness

Resistance training will make you the best woman you can be. Here are 5 reasons why: 1)  Resistance training builds muscle. When people lift weights, their bodies create more muscle. This in turn will create a boost in self-confidence and well-being. 2) Resistance training increases your metabolism. No matter what type of exercise you do in the gym, you will burn calories. The extra benefit to a weight routine is that your metabolism will be spiked for many hours after you go home. This is due to the extra energy your body needs to repair those sore muscles. 3) A weight routine can actually make your skin look younger. Looking for the fountain of youth? You may have just found it. According to Dr. Len Kravitz an IDEA fitness instructor of the year, and Golden Door Path Member, a regular weight training routine helps to improve the elasticity of the largest organ in the human body, …


Three Ways to Make Exercise a Fun Part of Life

September 16, 2014 by Nick Poggi

Let’s face it, unless you are a personal trainer who relishes at any chance to exercise you probably don’t enjoy working out.  It’s hard, time consuming and not everyone looks forward to the feeling of sore muscles. The reality of the situation is we all must exercise, our bodies need it and without doing it often we can face serious health problems. So how do we go about making exercise part of our daily lives? – Find a physically active hobby that you enjoy: Whether it be walking your dog, playing tennis with a friend, or going on a nature hike, finding an activity that you enjoy not only will add happiness to your life, but exercise as well. – Find an exercise friend: Going to the gym is a lot less stressful when you have a friend to look forward to seeing. You use 60 percent more energy to talk while …


Keeping Fit: 12 ways to stay more active without even trying!

November 5, 2014 by Melinda Nelson

Finding time to work out can be challenging. Busy schedules don’t seem to leave much time for workouts, but with a little creativity you can make exercise part of your daily life no matter how daunting your to-do list is. Use these simple tricks to sneak some intensity into your routine: 1. Jump Squats while microwaving or heating leftovers to help build bone density. 2. Try counter push-ups (bathroom or kitchen) while your hair straightner is warming up.  For more advance ones make them explosive on the way up. 3. Keep those abs awake and active by holding them in while you commute into work. 4. The quickest way to look younger is having good posture habits.  Place a colorful post it note on your computer monitor stating “Sit up straight” to motivate and remind you of good tall posture. 5. Make a resolution now to park your car far away from your office to add a few more steps into your …


Feel Great in 2015 with these 5 Fitness Goals

December 5, 2014 by Melinda Nelson

Want 2015 to be the year for a slimmer sexier waistline?  Fitness Expert Personal Trainer Melinda Nelson shares with you the 5 goals you need to set now to feel great in 2015! Goal #1 Start your New Year’s resolutions early this year!  Before you set foot into those holiday parties have an action plan in mind.  Melinda has worked with thousands of women over the past 12 years to make a plan of action to reach that flatter stomach now! Tip#1 Have a snack like a small handful of almonds and an apple before heading into those calorie indulging parties.  Never show up hungry or almost hungry, that is when we really make bad food choices.  Allow yourself a very small portion of something you really like, and then pop an altiod in your mouth to change your taste buds. Goal #2 90 percent of your results for a flatter …