The Hillcrest Athletic Club is a neighborhood gym that focuses on instructor-led functional fitness. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in – we have a wide variety of classes that you can succeed in, even if you’ve never done these types of workouts before. All of our programs focus on building strength and lean muscle mass and are designed to increase your overall health and fitness by also improving endurance, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. We are a certified Silver Sneakers facility, and also offer nutrition challenges and seminars.
What sets us apart from other fitness training facilities in the area? Our highly trained and experienced coaches are some of the best in San Diego; our workouts are professionally programmed and integrated into 8-week training cycles that focus on improving all areas of performance; and our community of athletes are friendly, engaging, and extremely welcoming of new members. We provide you with motivation, expert coaching, and a supportive cadre of like-minded athletes – that’s a combination few other gyms can match.
Our facility is top-notch, with a wide variety of functional fitness training equipment – including sleds to push, ropes to climb, barbells to lift, kettlebells to swing, and boxes to jump on. We also have restroom and shower facilities, so even if you have a busy schedule, we can get you a great workout and back to work in about an hour.
We believe in the potential, capacity, and dignity of every athlete, regardless of race, creed, or gender identity. Every person deserves a place to work out that allows them to feel respected, welcomed, included, and valued, and we are committed to creating that space. As such, we are proud to be an LGBTQ and gender-inclusive facility.
What We Offer
Cross Train classes are an hour long and consist of movements from a variety of modalities. They include Olympic lifts, gymnastics, plyometrics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, and much, much more. They may appear daunting, but the workouts can easily be tailored to all fitness levels by decreasing the weight, duration, or intensity of the movements. Workouts will vary in length from less than 5 minutes to more than 30 minutes, and all classes will include instruction and practice in various skills and strength exercises.
Lean and Mean
These boot camp style classes are moderate intensity and are more cardio-focused. The workouts will usually last between 20 and 30 minutes, and rely on body weight movements, kettlebells, medicine balls, and a variety of aerobic exercises (such as running, rope jumping, or rowing). They are a great introduction into our unique style of working out!
These classes focus on barbell movements. They are designed to complement our other classes, but will be geared more towards building strength and power. We use a combination of Olympic lifts (clean and jerk, and snatch) and power lifts (all variety of squats, deadlifts, and presses), as well as auxiliary movements, to help you increase your body’s lean muscle mass. Our expert coaching staff welcomes even the most inexperienced lifter – give it a shot, you’ll be glad you did!
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Most folks don’t realize that looking good in your jeans is 20% sweat and 80% what you put in your mouth. Gyms that only offer you a workout aren’t doing you any favors. Included in our unlimited memberships are a variety of nutrition challenges, weight loss clinics, and daily information you can use to make smart, healthy, and delicious food choices. If your goal is weight loss, your first stop should be Hillcrest Athletic Club.
We recognize that group classes aren’t for everyone. Some folks need a more personal touch in a one-on-one setting. From tailored nutrition plans to workout schedules that help you focus on developing your specific strengths, our personal trainers will help you achieve your health and fitness goals – quickly and efficiently.
Let’s Do This!
We have multiple options to help you get started, no matter what your pace is.
- All Unlimited memberships include one personal training session to cover the basics of all of our barbell movements; we want you to feel safe and comfortable joining any of our classes.
- We offer a $10/month discount off of our Unlimited membership to front line health care workers, students, teachers, veterans, police, firefighters, and members who have been with us for a year.
- We offer a $20/month discount off of our Unlimited membership to spouses/partners who both have unlimited memberships, and members who have been with us for two or more years.
- One discount per membership.
- We only accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. No cash, no checks, no AMEX.
Come Train With Us!
1243 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Our 3000 square foot facility has two bathrooms and two showers, as well as parking in the rear* (no direct access, please walk around to the front).
*Please note that due to COVID-19 the showers are currently closed and the parking lot is being used for outdoor workouts.