17711 Crabb Lane Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (661)373-5749 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

Sarah Paterson

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Sarah earned a degree in Biology and Chemistry while pursuing a medical career before she started at Hardcore Fitness. While volunteering in Africa and studying under a surgeon, she realized her passion for helping people. During the summer before she was to leave for continued schooling, Ricky recruited her to work at the Hardcore Fitness Corporate location for a summer job. It was that summer they created the dream to open a gym together some day and help more people than they could ever imagine. After demonstrating her potential with her unparalleled work ethic and intellect, she was promoted and proved her ability to go far in the company. Being that she struggles with diet and exercise herself, she is relatable and passionate about helping others fight to better themselves. She can’t wait to live out her dream and help people while living by the beach with her best friend, Ricky, and of course their two huskies!


Ricky Vega

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Ricky has been passionate about fitness since he was a kid. However he had always been told personal training was not a real job and he needed to get a career from going to college. It was after winning a challenge that he sought out a job as a personal trainer while still trying to pursuit college. After a year of trying to balance school and work, he decided to go against the odds and follow his passion despite what everyone told him. With laser focus and a newfound love of reading books, articles and studies on the human body and fitness, he was promoted to training manager and became the first “Elite Status” employee in the entire company. His knowledge of programming, nutrition, and injury prevention allowed him to break through the ceiling of what personal training had once consisted of. He worked tirelessly and passionately and recruited his partner, Sarah to join him in his dream. They work as an unmatched team supporting each other and pushing each other to help others and better lives. Ricky is a visionary and it was his drive, passion, and dream that began this entire journey.


Edgar Vega

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Edgar enjoyed playing sports growing up and began working at Hardcore Fitness after winning a challenge. He is known for his high energy and uplifting positivity in class and in all aspects of life. He has led many clients to success in achieving their results through personal training services and nutritional guidance. He truly cares about each client and loves what he does. You can’t miss one of Edgar’s classes and we guarantee you will leave feeling you pushed yourself harder than you ever imagined you could!


Boot Camp Schedule

We offer more class times than other boot camps

Monday - Friday

  • Our Boot Camp schedule will be updated shortly!

Saturday - Sunday

Fight Camp Schedule

Monday - Friday

  • Our Fight Camp schedule will be updated shortly!

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!