2315 Fletcher Parkway El Cajon, CA (619) 644-1002 careers own a hardcore fitness

About us

What is Hardcore Fitness?

Hardcore fitness is more than just a gym.

We are a supportive and motivating community that welcomes all new members with open arms. Whether you are an athlete looking to step up your game or someone who has never stepped foot in the gym, you’ll feel at home and be pushed to your personal best in each class. The energy of the classes paired with the top-of- the-line sound system and motivation and experience of the trainer on the mic make for a workout experience like no other. We’ve got your back with a solution for your weight training, cardio, core,nutrition, motivation and even accountability!

The Community

We hear all the time that people heard about how amazing Hardcore Fitness was and had seen the amazing results, but were too intimidated or afraid to take the leap and give it a try. After their first time in the gym, that went out the window and they wished they’d come in sooner!

From the time you walk into the gym and talk to staff and members to your first class with the trainers and the people working out around you, you quickly see that this is a true fit weight loss challenge family and we are all about encouragement. The people you’d normally be intimidated by because they were in great shape are the first ones to offer help and give you encouragement or motivation through the workouts. It becomes so contagious that before you know it that person encouraging others will be you!

This is what makes HCF so great!

The Founders

Hardcore Fitness was founded in 2007 by Larry and Nadia Nolan. The program started as an outdoor boot camp led by Larry, and his only two clients were his girlfriend, Nadia, and his mother, Vicky. Larry had been a trainer since he was 16 years old, being certified by pretty much every institution and working at every corporate gym. After years of seeing gyms’ sole focus being profits, with no concern for clients’ wellbeing or results, he decided to go off on his own and build the gym that he saw in his mind’s eye. The new gym focused on every aspect of the clients’ experience, from the atmosphere and culture, to accountability and results.
Nadia started off as Larry’s client, but her passion for training and the Hardcore Fitness clients quickly grew and drove her to quit her finance job and devote herself fulltime to HCF.
With the two of them working side by side and focusing entirely on the clients first and foremost, they had great results and happy clients to show for it. Neither Larry nor Nadia were very business savvy, so there was never a surge of clients or major expansion; rather, the program grew one client at a time as people would see their friend, neighbor, or family member’s amazing results and hear them raving about their great experience at HCF, and come to check it out themselves. After years of being in the park, the program finally grew to a small 1,800 sq ft indoor facility, which it quickly outgrew into its current 11,000 sq ft facility. Since 2007, Hardcore Fitness has been voted best gym, best boot camp, best personal trainers, even one of the top gyms in the US, and expanded to locations from Santa Clarita, California to Orlando, Florida. Despite this growth, the gyms’ main focus remains the clients. Each gym that has opened has been in partnership with one of our trainers, clients, or staff members that has fallen in love with the Hardcore way and promised to bring the same love and attention to the new location that Larry and Nadia brought to the original. With this approach, you can always be assured to walk into any Hardcore Fitness and feel welcome, get a great workout, and have the support you’re looking for in all ways! Along the way, Larry and Nadia also competed in fitness, turned professional, competed for a world title, started a supplement line, got married, and have two chogs (dog children), but at the end of the day you’ll still see them daily at the original Santa Clarita location doing what they love with a lot of the same clients who began this journey with them back at the park.

Our Owners

Tommy Reynolds

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Tommy Reynolds is the co-Founder of Hardcore Nutrition – a thriving supplement company, and Owner of Hardcore Fitness San Diego Region (currently 3 locations). He is committed to reaching as many clients as possible (in San Diego and beyond) and is passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals. Tommy believes that health and fitness is the path toward gaining confidence not only physically, but mentally.

Tommy moved to San Diego from Sacramento to attend San Diego State University in 2000. He graduated in 2005 with a Real Estate Finance degree. After a few years, he realized that fitness, not finance, was his true calling. He started training clients in 2009 as he prepared for his first NPC bodybuilding show. Since then he has competed in 15 NPC shows and has placed top 5 in all of them. He has also helped dozens of athletes prep for NPC contests with consistent high placings and even overall wins. In addition to taking competitors to the stage through strength and nutritional coaching, he also has numerous lifestyle clients.

Tommy played sports from the age of 6 until he graduated high school in 2000. This is when he found his love for the gym and weight training. He bought his first gym membership in 2000 and now can’t wait to train you at Hardcore Fitness.

Our Trainers

Will Schulte

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For the past 10 years I have been working in the fitness industry and doing what I love every day. Ever since high school when I played multiple sports, I knew that what most intrigued me about athleticism was the movements, capabilities, and power of the human body. After I moved to San Diego, I attended the National Personal Training Institution to study exercise physiology/ nutrition and scored top 3 overall on exit exams. Over the duration of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to develop a large variety of training styles and I use many of them every day specific to my clients goals and needs. This is what allows me to cater to any individual, from someone just looking to lose weight and be generally healthier, to sports specific athletes.

Nick Bates

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My training in powerlifting, which began 4 years ago, is what got my passion for fitness started. I enjoyed the sport so much that that it lead me to get my United States Powerlifting Association coaching certification, as well as a NASM CPT certification and CrossFit Level 1 certification. Now, I train athletes of all experience levels and a variety of goals, from basic fitness to powerlifting at an international level.

Conrad Wehrley

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My background in fitness and sports started at a very young age with basketball. I’ve always been an active person who loves to play sports, but for the majority of my life, the concentration has been on basketball. After high school, I went on to play two years of semi-professional basketball in Washington and China. Nowadays, I continue to play and stay very active in the sport by coaching adolescents to help them become stronger and more conditioned athletes.

Cara Wochaski

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I have been working out for about 5 years, and powerlifting for 2 years. I am a internationally elite level powerlifter. My specialty is helping people become confident with the way they move. I want everyone to both understand our movements, and understand why we do them. I also want everyone to be comfortable asking questions!

Rastko Jovanovic

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I have been working out for five years and have been a personal trainer for two years. Before that, I was active competitively in multiple sports- mainly, soccer, basketball, and swimming.

Kasi Rackley

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I’ve been a part of Hardcore Fitness for almost 5 years now! I started as a member and transitioned into an employee as the El Cajon Challenge Coordinator. My love for this community and the impact the trainers have made on my life inspired me to change career paths and become a personal trainer.

I love training legs and glutes and want to help everyone create a strong base and build those perfect peaches! I also love teaching moms how to work out at home or the park with their kids.

When I’m not at the gym I’m busy being a mom to my (2) beautiful daughters. We love to go to Disneyland and explore San Diego together!

Brandy Adams

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Before I was a trainer at Hardcore, I had already been a member for many years. The community I was a part of and the people who surrounded me and pushed me is what motivated me to take on a job as a trainer to give back to the community which has given me so much.

My goal at Hardcore is to prepare my clients for anything and everything. Having a wide variety of skills and strengths allows people to live a full and active life. Once a client learns proper form and technique, the possibilities are endless.

Boot Camp Schedule

We offer more class times than other boot camps

Monday - Thursday

  • 4:15 a.m.
  • 5:30 a.m.
  • 6:45 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.

Friday

  • 4:15 a.m.
  • 5:30 a.m.
  • 6:45 a.m.
  • 8:00 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m.

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • 8:15 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.

Sunday

  • 8:15 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.

Fight Camp Schedule

  • FIGHT CAMP COMING SOON!!

Boot Camp

Boot camp focuses on one or more muscle groups per day and mixes in cardio, core, and functional movements for a great workout each and every class. Utilizing a variety of equipment no other group training program offers as well as a motivating community, boot camp is the solution for anyone intimidated by lifting weights or simply looking to step up their current routine. With an experienced trainer demonstrating the movements as well as making sure your form is correct, you can count on an effective workout that will leave you sore the next day! If you’ve been looking for a solution to tone up those problem areas or build up those low points, look no further because boot camp is your solution!

Fight Camp

Fight camp simulates the same type of workouts those amazing athletes go through in their training camps before each fight to get them in peak condition. This class utilizes some of the same equipment and programming utilizing heavy bags, assault air bikes, water rowers, battle ropes, slam balls, kettle bells and more all while displaying your heart rate on LCD Tvs around the room! Each class be ready to max out your calorie burn as well as get a hit of abs each class as well. This is a fast pace high intensity cardio based class maximizing the benefits of HIIT, Tabatta, and circuit training. If you’re looking for the most fun, functional, and effective calorie torching workout you just found it!

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