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Contents F E AT U R E S San Diego’s Anthology Located in the heart of Little Italy, Anthology allows tourists and 20 locals alike to experience fine dining while listening to spectacular headliners. The venue’s three-tiered layout gives guests in all sections an up-close experience with artists. Local Finds at San Diego’s Upscale Boutiques You don’t have to fly to Paris’ Champs-Élysées or scour Rodeo 26 Drive in Beverly Hills to find some of the most unique couture clothing and fashions. San Diego houses exquisite boutiques, catering to SoCal’s taste for luxury and refinement. Power, Beauty and Soul Among luxury cars, few names carry more weight behind 30 them than Aston Martin. The chapel where mechanical prowess and absolute luxury can come together to be joined in holy matrimony. Hometown Pride Summer always serves up a host of fun trends to try. From 50 statement-making prints to cool new color combos, discover tons of new outfit ideas for the Summer season. 40 On The Cover | Sergio and Georgina De La Mora Cover Photo By: Ed Brown from EA Brown Studio Sergio De La Mora, a man on a mission to turn hearts throughout San Diego. 24 New in Town 34 Life to The Fullest 56 The Weighted Truth Keep up with San Diego County’s latest St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is home Muscles don’t know the difference additions and changes to the local busi- away from home for nearly 400 develop- between a dumbbell, a gallon of milk or ness scene. mentally disabled adults. a suitcase.10
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LETTER From The EDITOR When Father Junipero Serra first set his eyes on San Diego in 1769, he famously sang the area’s praises. “Thanks be to God, I have arrived at this port of San Diego,” the mission founder wrote. “It is beautiful to behold and does not belie its reputation.” More than two centuries later, Serra’s assessment still rings true. And beyond our coastal climate and hillside slopes, our culture contributes to the appeal and fullness of our much-lauded lifestyle. We enjoy a flourishing arts community, pristine sand and surf, the lure of fine dining, an engaging entertainment scene and a thriving economy of business and tourism. This is our home. And for this very reason, our August issue is wholly dedicated to celebrating San Diego living. From intimate shows at Anthology to dishes served at the newest Cohn restaurant to treasures uncovered in local boutiques, we unapologetically revel in all the beauty our city has to offer. And we acknowledge that San Diego is more than just a pretty face—it’s a city with a heart. This issue features Sergio De La Moda, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Diego, one of the largest in thenation, and author of “The Heart Revolution.” And we highlight the efforts of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, a home away from homefor nearly 400 developmentally disabled adults. We hope that you enjoy this tribute to our beautiful city. Jeanette Calo Cheers, Editor-in-Chief Daniel Jewelry & Gift 1241 Prospect Street • La Jolla, CA 92037 • 858-454-8001
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Contributors Ed Brown | The owner of EA Brown Studio, has expanded on his master’s degree from the New School of Architecture and Design with his studio work, where he brings the same intuitive understand- ing of lighting and sense of compositional harmony to capturing countenances. Ed’s eye and skill for direction make him an able capturer of time’s transient moments. Joyce “Jlynn” Gonzalez | Joyce is a freelance writer who received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and English literature from Point Loma Nazarene University. At the onset of her journal- ism career, Joyce was editorial director for Volunteer San Diego and wrote for San Diego Business Commerce. Danielle Hans | Danielle Hans is an up-and-coming stylist who recently spent time in London observing British and European fashion. Danielle has always had a passion for fashion and is excited to have the opportunity to bring a young and contemporary perspective to FINE magazine. Sarah Huffman | Sarah is an English major at Biola University. When she returns in the fall, she will be writing for The Point, her university magazine, and editing The Inkslinger, its literary journal. She is excitedly planning her first European trip to explore the sights of England, Ireland and France after graduation. Jason Karp | Dr. Jason Karp is a nationally-recognized running coach, 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. He holds a doctorate in exercise physiology and is founder of Dr. Karp’s Hot Bod Boot Camp in San Diego. Jason writes for international running, coaching and fitness magazines, and he is the author of five books and a frequent presenter at national fitness and coaching conferences. Machel Penn Shull | Machel Penn Shull has been writing featured articles for FINE Maga- zine since 2009. As a freelance writer, she also writes her own newspaper column in Rancho Santa Fe called “Machel’s Ranch.” Her articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers in Southern California. Luke Travis | After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English, Luke began work as a grant-writer for the Community Rejuvenation Project—a nonprofit organization committed to blight- abatement and child-development. Luke is a monthly contributor to FINE Magazine, and continues to work as the Bay Area Correspondent for BxC Baron, a music journalism website that seeks out new and emerging talent.16
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LivingLifestyleLuxurySAN DIEGO’S ANTHOLOGY San Diego’s Anthology The hottest supper club puts our city on the musical map. By Machel Penn Schull I n the 1930s and 1940s, supper clubs reigned in the United Anthology is the vision of Howard Berkson, real estate States. A close kin to the speakeasy, but without required developer who wanted to create “a contemporary version of secrecy, the supper club gave its clientele a meal and a the great supper clubs of the 1930s and 1940s in downtown night of entertainment together. San Diego, where he could combine his shared passions for Decades later, Anthology revived and enhanced the concept live music and fine dining,” marketing coordinator Casey Pukl in San Diego. Located in the heart of Little Italy, Anthology says, recalling Anthology’s beginnings. allows tourists and locals alike to experience fine dining while “It was the influence of growing up in Chicago where every listening to spectacular headliners. neighborhood had its local spot to go and listen to great The venue’s three-tiered layout gives guests in all sections live music,” Pukl explains. “This experience led Howard an up-close experience with artists, who perform live in an and Marsha Berkson to conceptualize and start working on intimate dining setting. The atmosphere is only increased bringing this vision to life.” when the lights dim, and a blue neon light casts an ethereal Seating more than 250, Anthology’s musical line-up features glow while high-vaulted ceilings lend incredible acoustics, Latin, jazz, blues, classic rock and more. Sacha Boutros, an giving the featured artist a chance to be heard performing live international Latin and jazz singer, has been performing at in an intimate dining setting. Anthology since the venue opened in 2007.20
August at Anthology Lusisa Maita, world music, Aug. 1 Thunder Road, classic rock, Aug. 18 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, swing jazz, Aug. 3–4 ABBA Fab, classic pop rock, Aug. 18 Jumping Jack Flash, classic rock, Aug. 3 The Brides of Funkenstein, funk rock, Aug. 19 Brian McKnight, R&B and soul, Aug. 5–7 Salvador Santana, indie rock, Aug. 22 Jesca Hoop, folk rock, Aug. 8 Albert Lee, Americana, Aug. 23 Tal Wilkenfeld, funk jazz, Aug. 9 Lalah Hathaway, R&B and soul, Aug. 24–25 Back to the Garden, classic rock, Aug. 10 Eric Johnson, blues rock, Aug. 25 Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra, flamenco jazz, Aug. 11–12 Christopher Cross, singer/songwriter, Aug. 26 Maria De La Paz, pop, Aug. 13 Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, mainstream jazz, Aug. 28 Anthology House Band, jazz and R&B, Aug. 14, 21 Eleni Mandell, singer/songwriter, Aug. 29 Grandmothers of Invention, classic rock, Aug. 17 Kristen Hersh, singer/songwriter, Aug. 31 For times and ticket prices, visit anthologysd.com. “I love Anthology,” says Boutros, who recently performed Leaf Farms Confit Duck Leg Cassoulet.a tribute to her mentor Red Holloway, who passed away in This fare can be enjoyed while listening to a host of headliners,February. which in the past have included Alanis Morissette, Brandi “My tribute concert was one week after his birthday,” Boutros Carlile, Michael Bublé and Natalie Cole. August headlinerssaid. “I just recently got back from tours to Europe, and was include Brazilian pop artist Luisa Maita, R&B singer Brianthrilled to be back at Anthology, performing in my hometown.” McNight, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and jazz group To celebrate five years in San Diego, Anthology expanded its Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet.hours at the beginning of the year. It may be a trendy supper From swing to Flamenco jazz to the Blues, Anthology’sclub, but Sunday brunch and lunch from Tuesday to Friday playlist is sure to please—and to put San Diego on the map.are now available. Executive Chef Todd Allison, a San Diego “The owners Howard and Marsha Berkson … have built anative, is the mastermind behind Anthology’s impressive world-class music venue in San Diego,” Boutros said. “I ammenu, which includes small plates like Creamy Chipotle Mac pleased to say that I have had all my CD-release events there,and Cheese and Crispy Baja Calamari, or full-sized entrees and whenever I tour I spread the word about our gem in Sanlike Pan Roasted Sea Bass, House Made Fettuccini and Maple Diego.” 21
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LivingLifestyleLuxuryTranquility Farms Life to the Fullest SMSC encourages the developmentally disabled to embrace their potential. By Sarah Huffman Tucked away on a hill in El Cajon lies a little-known affected by SMSC for three years. Here, Heidi has opened sanctuary. Complete with an organic garden, junior Olympic- up and even had the opportunity to join a dance troop— sized pool and several multi-purpose classrooms, St. Madeleine something she or her mother never thought possible. Sophie’s Center is a home away from home for nearly 400 “Parents begin looking at their children’s abilities rather than developmentally disabled adults. just their disabilities,” Turner says. For more than 35 years, SMSC has offered adults with This day program—or “Life Program” as it is referred—is disabilities ranging from autism to epilepsy to Down syndrome unique for each student. Every year, on the student’s birthday, the opportunity to live independently. Whether through staff members sit down with students and their caretakers to academic tutoring like reading or math, social interaction like draw out a yearlong plan based on their goals, which vary from gardening or swimming, or practical guidance like filling out simply tying their shoes to applying for a job. job applications or preparing for job interviews, SMSC strives Depending on these goals, they attend classes, explore the to empower disabled adults to experience and understand community, volunteer at homeless shelters and orphanages and their capabilities as part of society. are even employed in the community or on campus. Through “Every day there are new stories,” Debra Turner, executive its various programs, SMSC strives to show that “people with director of SMSC says, “and I’m sure there are many more disabilities really can make a difference in society,” Turner that we don’t even know about.” says. Heidi is an especially shy disabled adult who has been greatly Mark Rimland, former student, embodies this very principle34
The 35th Annual “Haute with Heart” Fashion Show Fundraiser When: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Details: Limited VIP runway seating available. Proceeds benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. For more info, visit hautewithheart.org. Through its various programs, SMSC strives to show that “people with disabilities really can make a difference in society.” Debra Turnerof SMSC. He has risen in his trade to become the resident more disabled adults can have the opportunity to “live fullerartist at the Edgeware Gallery in the Kensington District of lives” and “participate in some of life’s simplest pleasures.”San Diego. An adult with autism, Rimland’s illustrations are The 35th Annual “Haute with Heart” Fashion Show andfeatured in a recently published children’s book “The Secret Luncheon, produced by television personality LeonardNight World of Cats.” Simpson, is SMSC’s biggest event of the summer—and Rimland’s work is also available at Sophie’s Gallery, which this year should be better than ever. Held on Aug. 18 at thedisplays student-made jewelry and art to benefit SMSC’s Hilton San Diego Bayfront, this year’s show will featureprograms. With three locations in El Cajon and San Diego, student musicians, dancers and artists, as well as live and silentstudents sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces and plant auctions. Redondo also said to expect “new, exciting things.”arrangements made from the organic garden. SMSC is more than a day program for disabled adults. It is Program directors say they hope to see great development an encouraging haven that allows students to seek their ownof SMSC, which is primarily recognized in East County, in independence and to understand their potential.the coming years. Jeff Redondo, event coordinator, explained For more information on St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center,the desire for more exposure throughout San Diego County so visit stmsc.org. 35
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LivingLifestyleLuxuryIT JUST WORKS It Just Works Vintana embraces the unconventional in North County. By Jeanette Calo S ometimes dining nirvana comes from unexpected marching to her own drumbeat. places — from a food truck or a hole-in-the-wall spot. “Everything about this North County location is And sometimes it comes from a car dealership. unconventional,” says David Cohn, who founded the Cohn Located in the penthouse level of The Centre at Lexus Restaurant Group with his wife Lesley. “After hearing about Escondido, Vintana offers modern California Cuisine the space over time, we weren’t sold on the idea, but the alongside a stunning panorama of rolling hills, stunning moment we laid eyes on it, we immediately identified its skyscapes and the latest-model luxury cars. potential. We’re known for taking risks, and we embrace these The Centre at Lexus Escondido is a pleasantly odd place. In one-of-a-kind locations.” addition to its role as a “super car dealership,” it includes a golf The choice was a wise one. Everything about Vintana is light, simulator, business center, private library and planned retail airy and fun, from the initial lift up the glass elevator to the space, not to mention the oodles of square-footage available to restaurant, to the friendly staff, to the open-air Lenai dining, rent for special events like weddings. complete with firepits that urge diners to linger over cocktails. Weddings? At a car dealership? It’s this very peculararity that The interior style is contemporary and chic without trying too first draws people to Vintana. hard. The focal points of the dining room are the impressive “People are very surprised by it,” admits Cynthia Peterson, glass chandeliers and the 17-foot windows that capture the restaurant’s floor manager. “They wouldn’t have imagined gorgeous vistas, no matter the time of day. Sunset views are a restaurant of this caliber.” rivaled only by night-time cityscapes, lighted by the Bellagio- Curiosity may draw people in, but it’s the food and ambience style fountains below. that will make them stay. Vintana is the latest venture by the The cuisine at Vintana is just as original as its venue. The Cohn Restaurant Group, which is no stranger to San Diego’s menu is equally familiar and unexpected, mixing a variety dining scene. Owners of such top venues as The Prado and of trusted-and-true flavors with creative combinations. For Island Prime/C Level, Cohn has long been a county favorite. example, a signature dish that has been generating a lot of And if the Cohn restaurants are a family, Vintana is the buzz is the Blackberry-Glazed Bison Spareribs — fall-off- quirky youngest sibling, displaying traces of her lineage while the-bone ribs served on a bacon-pecan corn waffle with local38
Photo By Cynthia PetersonPhoto By Mark Nagelgreens and a blackberry-bourbon gastrique. wonton. There is also a choice of several fresh, sustainable “I wanted it to be original,” says Executive Chef Deborah seafood dishes and signature steaks, as well as several inventiveScott, a partner of the Cohn Restaurant Group and the side dishes like Pomegranate Molasses Brussels Sprouts andmastermind behind Kemo Sabe, Indigo Grill and Island Sweet Potato Pork Belly Hash.Prime/C Level. To celebrate the arrival of a Cohn restaurant to inland “The menu is diverse and eclectic, but I keep it grounded in North County, Vintana brings some of the charm of its sisterSouthern flavors,” the Virginia native said. restaurants to the area. Like 333 Pacific, the bar serves 102 For starters, don’t miss Chef Deborah’s Roasted Nut- different vodkas. And Island Prime’s Mud Pie — coffee iceCrusted Brie, served with jalapeño jelly, honey-roasted garlic cream, Oreo cookie ganache and almond brittle — tops theand grilled ciabatta. Also popular is the Charcuterette, dessert menu. Pair it with a Mexi-Coco Coffee — Patronwhich features bacon-wrapped dates, spiced mixed nuts, blue Coconut, Kahlua, and coffee-pineapple whipped cream. Orcheese, pecorino, prosciutto, spicy giardiniera, spiced olives for a lighter finish, try the blueberry and peach crisp with starand fig-molasses baguette. It’s the perfect complement to therestaurant’s extensive beer and wine list, representing a wide anise-mascarpone ice cream.range of brews and vintages. Like its locale, Vintana is adventurous and edgy, ready to Scott’s signature entrees include the Black Pepper Bacon- prove that the unconventional works.Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and the Pan-Seared Sea Bass — How? It just does.white bean pistou, grilled artichoke, chorizo, roasted potatoes Vintana is open for lunch and dinner daily. For moreand lemon-poppy seed brown butter, topped by a stone crab information, visit cohnrestaurants.com/vintana. 39
LivingLifestyleLuxurySPIRITUALITY & LEADERSHIP Man of GOD, man of business Sergio De La Mora, a man on a mission to turn hearts throughout San Diego. By Luke Travis Photography Courtesy of Ed Brown S ergio De La Mora is a man of God. His posture, manage his own landscape design company. By the time countenance and speech all reflect his faith and Sergio was born, his father had already taken out a convictions. If he could not speak, there is no mortgage on a home in Santa Barbara. doubt that he would find a creative and relevant way to “My father’s work ethic was exceptional,” De La spread the word of God with more passion and conviction Mora recalls, “and he was determined to make his family than words could convey. But he can speak, and he has successful.” used that gift to become the founding pastor, along with Despite his father’s success, Sergio struggled growing his wife Georgina, of one of the nation’s Top 10 Fastest up as the youngest of six children. With two older brothers Growing Churches (Outreach Magazine), Cornerstone and three older sisters, attracting attention was always a Church of San Diego. challenge. De La Mora has already built his reputation as one of the “With my oldest brother, there is a picture of every most inspirational Evangelical ministers on the West Coast, single event of his life,” he explains with a laugh, “but and he is poised to continue growing his congregation into pictures of Sergio are the day he was born and the day he one of the most innovative and influential in the nation— graduated from sixth grade.” Quite a contrast from today which is no small feat considering his humble beginnings. as he now commands the attention of so many both in San De La Mora’s family story is as American as apple pie. Diego and throughout churches across America. His father, an immigrant from Guadalajara, left Mexico Growing up, De La Mora and all of his siblings worked seeking a better life. Despite only three years of schooling, for their father’s landscaping business. He remembers the De La Mora’s father was able to build and successfully summers of his youth, spent working with his father: “As40
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LivingLifestyleLuxurySPIRITUALITY & LEADERSHIP long as I can remember, all of my brothers and sisters remembered, and that small church was the very church worked in the company,” De La Mora says, “My sisters of which he would ultimately become a Youth Pastor and would help my dad write out his invoices because their later be sent from to start Cornerstone Church of San penmanship was better.” Diego. The work was hard, but it did eventually pay off, as De De La Mora quickly realized he could use his radio La Mora now knows the names of almost every plant in position to help share his newfound perspective on the California, which makes for excellent conversation during world. He sold his old turntables and became a Christian hikes — that is, when he can find the time. radio host on Saturday nights, during hours that were A strong work ethic and strong family ties to the family definitely not prime time, but it was from there that his business didn’t do much to quell Sergio’s pioneering spirit legacy began to take legs. though, especially as a teenager. At the young age of Sergio De La Mora is a man of God. But he is also a 12, he was sponsored by two skateboard companies and man of business. He has a business mind and his church, proudly claims to have been the only Latin skateboarder which is incorporated, is a church of business. But it is the in the area. But peer pressure got the better of De La business of turning hearts back to God that De La Mora Mora’s young, impressionable mind, and he was coerced now handles, and handles well enough to merit great into joining a local gang. This was a difficult time for him. praise from the considerable body of believers that have “I had lived a life of violence and I had tasted drugs come to rely on him for guidance. at a very young age,” he says of his dark days, without In his early twenties, along with his brothers, De La much elaboration. His affinity for deviancy quickly faded, Mora inherited the family landscaping business. At the however, when De La Mora became a DJ at a local radio time, it had 15 employees, had earned his father enough to station, after which he soon experienced a revelation that start buying apartment complexes in the area and was set to would change the trajectory of his life forever. expand even more under proper guidance and judgment. De La Mora is a man of God. As if to prove that no Spurred by De La Mora’s entrepreneurial expertise, the means are too shallow to spread the gospel, De La Mora’s business thrived and he reaped the benefits of his labor. By own journey started with a single piece of paper: “It 28 years old, De La Mora had 30 people working for him, was a flyer that induced me to go to a small church,” he owned two homes, and several rental properties.42
It was clear that the young millionaire had found a Commerce, because the first thing I wanted to do beforesecure footing in Santa Barbara when God called him starting the church was get in touch with all the keyto relocate. “Our pastor asked us if we would consider business leaders in the city.” On that first weekend in 1998,starting a new congregation in Chula Vista,” De La Mora De La Mora started two new companies: Sal and Brothersexplains, “and I was really nervous about leaving.” Landscape, Inc. and Cornerstone Church of San Diego. It was a defining moment for De La Mora, and one he Sergio, the man of God and Sergio, the man of businessdid not take lightly. As he confesses, “I asked myself if I had met at last, and in this case, they made a truce.was to die today, would I die a happy man? And I realized Since its inception, Cornerstone Church of San DiegoI would not say I would die a happy man if I didn’t plant has gone from a church of 7 people to 600 membersthis church.” meeting at Hilltop High School, to now a multi-campus, The decision was made. And so plant he did, but this city- wide conglomerate with more than 6,000 members.time, he wasn’t planting for landscape design. An ambitious The current facility in National City, boasts a beautifullyDe La Mora wanted to see his sapling grow quickly, so he renovated auditorium and 30-foot waterfall in the lobby,set out to grow it in the best way he knew how. recently won the prestigious award for First Place in “I immediately joined the Chula Vista Chamber of Commercial Design throughout all San Diego. 43
LivingLifestyleLuxurySPIRITUALITY & LEADERSHIP With the help of Lena Brion of Brion Design, De Mora, whose challenge encourages readers to “live, love La Mora transformed the 26,000- square-foot multiplex and lead from your heart.” theatre into a 50,000-square-foot 1,200-seat sanctuary/ “The Heart Revolution” has become the rallying cry performing arts center with a professional quality lighting for Cornerstone Church of San Diego. The idea is broad sound system with which De La Mora’s wife, Georgina, and inclusive, but in its most distilled iteration, it is a leads worship each week to the growing congregation. “holistic approach to living a healthy life” that includes Much of De La Mora’s success is due directly to his “becoming physically healthy, intellectually healthy, wife’s encouragement. “In a moment of transparency, emotionally healthy, spiritually healthy, relationally I told my wife I didn’t want to start this church in San healthy and financially healthy.” Diego,” he says with great emotion, “I asked her, ‘Who Cornerstone Church of San Diego currently has would hear me preach?’ And she said ‘I would come and campuses in National City, La Jolla, Escondido in San hear you preach,’ And that was enough for me.” Building Diego as well as in Arizona and Mexico City. De La Mora the church has always been, in all respects, a team effort, speaks weekly at the National City and La Jolla campuses, with both of them at the helm. and broadcasts weekly via video in Escondido. The target As the momentum behind Sergio and Cornerstone communities in Escondido, and especially in National City Church of San Diego began to grow, Baker books are historically under-served, and the church does a great approached De La Mora and offered him a book deal. The deal of community-focused events to provide a platform result was “The Heart Revolution: Experience the Power for hope through life counseling and assistance. of a Turned Heart,” released in 2011. A promotional The church in La Jolla, however, is one that is tour followed, in which De La Mora visited over 52 major particularly close to De La Mora’s heart. Growing up in cities across the nation, into Mexico and even overseas the affluent city of Santa Barbara, he retains a special bond to Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. The book, with affluent communities. His strong conviction is that according to De La Mora, is not so much an autobiography “in a community like La Jolla, what people often ignore is as it is a church manifesto. the relational pain that exists in the hearts of youth and “It was conversational and it was written so that people families.” This is the universal pain, as he describes, that could take the 40-Day Heart Challenge,” explains De La happens “behind closed doors,” and for which he believes44
Cornerstone Surf Camp Surf camp is designed as a mentorship program to help kids strengthen their confidence, build physical endurance, develop leadership skills, and encourage goal setting practices.the gospel is the “universal cure.” difficult thing for him to do in his life, “following God into This past summer, De La Mora partnered with TV the unknown.” It was a difficulty which — for him — layPersonality and Fashion Forward’s, Leonard Simpson, to in dealing with intangibles, “When you follow God to starthost the Beyond the Runway Fashion Show to raise funds a new church, there isn’t a product you’re selling, therefor a 5 Day Surf Camp in La Jolla. In its inaugural session, isn’t anything tangible you can base success on, so I hadDe La Mora and his team of licensed instructors gave 60 to come up with a new definition of success.” That newunderprivileged youth from throughout San Diego, some definition of success, Sergio describes, is “fulfilling yourof whom had never even touched a surfboard before, the God-given mission in life.” And for this man of God andopportunity to explore the beautiful beaches of San Diego a man of business, Sergio De La Mora has found that newwhile strengthening their confidence, physical endurance, definition of success in turning the hearts of youth andand leadership skills. For every one of the participants, families by starting a Heart Revolution throughout Santhis has been a summer of transformation and renewed Diego and throughout the nation.confidence for their future. Right now, De La Mora is looking forward to the For more information aboutupcoming skate camp that Cornerstone is hosting this fall, Cornerstone Church of Sanand searching for a suitable husbands for his daughters, Diego scan the QR code tostarting with his eldest who just recently earned her PH.D the right, or visit:at Arizona State University. Sergio feels at last that he has finally, in his own words, turningthehearts.commade the leap from “success to significance”, a leap thatwas only made possible doing what he says was the most 45
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LivingLifestyleLuxuryTHE WEIGHTED TRUTH The Weighted Truth Beginners need not be intimidated by weight training. By Dr. Jason Karp H ave you ever walked through a gym and been appearance and self-image, it has many functional benefits as intimidated by all the dumbbells, barbells and well. Stronger muscles improve posture and coordination, support machines that put you in awkward positions best joints and reverse the loss of muscle tissue that comes with aging. reserved for privacy of your own home? Well, you’re not alone. Weight training also increases bone density, reducing the risk of If you’ve never lifted weights before, it can be daunting, and when osteoporosis. you consider the different types of exercises, the amount of weight Many people stop weight training because they don’t see to lift, the number of repetitions and sets and the amount of rest immediate results. Although physiological changes begin to occur between sets, you practically need a Ph.D. to understand it all. after your first session, these changes are mostly neuromuscular But don’t worry: Muscles don’t know the difference between a in origin for the first couple of months, so your brain becomes dumbbell, a gallon of milk or a suitcase. Lifting weights in a gym better at “speaking” to your muscles and recruiting them for tasks, is not much different than lifting your four-year-old to reach the much like changing from a dial-up modem to DSL cable. To see monkey bars. When done correctly and combined with other external changes in your muscles, you need to stick with weight exercise, weight lifting can change the way you look. training for a few months. While many people begin lifting weights to improve their physical To get started, follow these simple guidelines.56
What exercises should I do? How much weight should I lift? Although gyms offer an array of weight machines and free First, find out how strong you are. Ask a qualified trainerweights to train your body’s more than 600 muscles, start with at your gym to test your maximal strength by finding out thejust one exercise for each major muscle group (see Sample most weight you can lift once, called your one-rep max.Strength Training Program). If you want a leaner look with greater muscle endurance, Machines guide movements and are designed to change lift lighter weights, about 60 to 70 percent of your one-represistance throughout your joints’ range of motion to max. For stronger muscles with an increase in muscle size, liftaccommodate the joint angles at which your muscles are heavier weights, about 80 to 90 percent. If you cannot getstronger. Free weights, on the other hand, cannot change your maximal strength tested, choose a weight that will maketheir resistance while you lift them — a five-pound dumbbell you fatigued by the end of each set.remains five pounds throughout the whole movement. If you’re a woman who is worried about getting bulky, don’t While it is always better to train movement than to train fret — it probably won’t happen. Since women have muchmuscle, beginners should start with machines to train the less testosterone and other muscle-building hormones thanmajor muscles and then train more specific movements with men, they are less prone to getting bigger muscles. Geneticsfree weights. To minimize fatigue, train large before small ultimately dictate your specific response to weight training.muscle groups, alternating between the lower and upper body. The hard-bodied women you see on the covers of fitness 57