Business Spotlight: Revolution Fitness in La Jolla takes training back to the future


Kettlebells, sandbags, ropes and pull-up bars are far from high-tech exercise equipment, but these simple tools from a bygone era are essential to the unique fitness training provided at Revolution Fitness in La Jolla.

“Our gym is a throwback to the 1850s when Europeans brought gyms to this country,” said Revolution Fitness co-owner and founder Franz Snideman. “There were no exercise machines, just kettlebells, climbing ropes, big medicine balls and a gymnastic apparatus; people did weight lifting and floor tumbling exercises.”

Revolution Fitness training focuses on building strength while overcoming mobility and flexibility limitations, and the fitness center’s minimalist approach emphasizes teaching clients how to strengthen their body without expensive exercise machines.

Training starts with a comprehensive evaluation of each client’s movement ability.

“We analyze if they can squat, touch their toes, lunge and push themselves off the floor, and then we narrow in on what they need and treat each person in a very holistic way,” Snideman said.

He added that customers often seek training to lose weight or reach performance goals.

“We try to match their goals by what they want and what they actually need,” Snideman said. “We work on their big goals while bringing them up on the deficits they need help with.”

Using ancient tools like the 400-year-old Russian kettlebell is what sets Revolution Fitness apart from other studios.

“The old tools and exercises are fun and effective because they work the whole body,” Snideman said, “And you don’t need to do thousands of exercises; you only need 5-10 exercises to build an amazing healthy body.”

Classes also emphasize ground-based movements like crawling and rolling.

“These movements restore the body’s function and gets people using their hips again,” Snideman said. “More importantly, they engage the left and right hemispheres of the brain.”

Training also involves sandbag lifting to build strength and manipulating 60-foot ropes to make waves. “This gets the heart rate up while stimulating their arms, legs and cardiovascular system,” he said.

Revolution Fitness offers both private, personal and semi-private training and small group classes (five to 15 participants).

— SPECIAL PROMOTION: New customers of Revolution Fitness can receive a free week trial of training by mentioning they read the La Jolla Light.

Revolution Fitness, 7580 Fay Ave., Suite 101, La Jolla

Hours: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Closed Sunday

(858) 456-7386

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