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About Us

Located steps from the beach, we’re a gym that believes in community, achieving goals, and living life to the fullest.

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Welcome to the active lifestyle

We are a state-of-the-art Gym and Wellness Center located on the beach in Pacific Beach with 300+ garage parking spaces (FREE with validation) located beneath our building. Come spend your day at the gym, on the boardwalk and at the beach! Under new ownership, Ken Cornell has put a lot of effort into creating a professionally designed facility, with new equipment coming in constantly to follow fitness trends and full amenities. 

Whether you’re looking for a serious weightlifting workout, or a restorative sauna/spa day, you can do it all here. With an industrial-chic at-the-beach style, our gym is stocked with core and free weights, lineups of cardio equipment, speedbags and boxing gear, and workout equipment galore. If there’s a hot new piece of gym equipment, we’ve probably got it! Facilities include an indoor stretch and yoga room with views of the waves, and an outdoor turf area for group workouts, spin classes and large, redwood porch swings for cooling off in the breeze.

Meet our team

The team at Ocean Pacific Gym & Wellness is devoted to the health and well-being of our members. We are committed to providing a safe, clean, and friendly atmosphere for our valued members. We are health-focused and community-oriented. We are a judgement free zone and welcome individuals at all levels of their fitness journey.

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Ken Cornell

Owner of Ocean Pacific Gym

Ken grew up in the San Fernando Valley of California and Las Vegas.  He started working full-time in 8th grade as a busboy and worked his way up in the casino and restaurant scenes of the 1970s and 80s.  During the next three decades, Kenny ran sales and real estate ventures in Nevada and California.  All those gorgeous houses on the water in Mission Beach? Yeah, that’s Kenny channeling his inner Leonardo DaVinci and converting tired beach shacks into masterpieces.  When he realized his gym needed some love, he decided to purchase it and turn it into a community fitness and wellness center for the beach he also loves.  You’ll see Kenny working out with us every day, as well as having coffee and watching the fights on the big screens in our lounge.

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Our skyscraper-of-a-young-man, Dawson, grew up on skis in Alaska.  He loves hunting, fishing, skateboarding (he used to blowtorch the skatepark to clear it of snow in winter). Dawson has many-a-story of dodging bears and moose on the way to school.  Post-Alaska, he spent a couple years on the Big Island of Hawaii, then he landed on the beaches of San Diego, working here with us at the gym.   In his spare time, Dawson works out at Ocean Pacific with Quest Hawkins’ Wxlf Pxc, “I am the only guy in the gym who LOVES to do legs.” What is Dawson’s life goal? To be happy.   How does that look to Dawson?  “Just effing do it.  Be happy. That’s it.” 

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A badass multi-wing college hockey player UMASS-Dartmouth, Connor studied Hospitality and completed a Forbes Five-Star training at Wequessett Resort in Harwich, Mass.  He was born and raised in Cape Cod and will forever be a true-blue New England sports fan.   When not in the gym (so in the wee hours), Connor loves to be outside and active in the community.  He plays in volleyball and baseball leagues and tries a new restaurant in Pacific Beach almost every day. What are his standout attributes? Connor is family-oriented, loyal and leaves a wicked-awesome first impression.  He knows every member’s name, workout cycle and schedule by heart! Goals in life: “To be the best at what I do in life.  Currently, that means making people feel good about being in the gym.  I want people to get credit where credit is due and feel good about their workouts and life.  I like to bring my east coast manners to the left coast and treat everyone the way they should be treated; with respect and acknowledgment.  I want to help people make their days matter and cause a ripple effect in their lives.  I’m an oyster shucker.  My knife wedges open the most reluctant introverts to socialize and have a comfortable place to let out their personalities.” 

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Dr. Chad D. McKinney

Wellness & Meditation Coach

Dr. Chad D. McKinney serves as a Professor of Psychology Professor for Southwestern College, recently speaking on the “Power of Surrender” at TEDx Cincinnati in March of this year.  His book, “Heaven in the Now: A Journey Through Mind, Body & Soul” is currently being sold at over 25 airport bookstores throughout the United States. In November, 2021 he completed a 10-day darkroom meditation at The Hermitage, in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. He has served as an Energy healer, meditation and breathwork coach since 2014.  


Dr. Chad D. McKinney continues to speak as a guest lecturer at high schools and colleges regarding meditation, optimal performance, Tantra, human sexuality, community building, and life satisfaction. In 2006, he founded a nonprofit organization in San Diego, California; while completing his Master’s of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy in 2010. He has a passion for surfing, self-improvement, traveling, and helping people. He has been featured in the Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times, as well as appeared across a variety of television, government, and community broadcasts.


Ocean Pacific Gym is very proud to partner with this amazing human, so that we can ensure our members and guests get the most out of their physical and mental fitness.

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Gianna is a born and raised San Diego local who enjoys chasing sunsets and spending time in the water. She’s always been drawn to the wild outdoors and always takes every opportunity to be in nature and expand her horizons. She loves going on hikes, snowboarding, and watching baseball.


Always on the lookout for the next adventure, Gianna is currently in the process of becoming a personal trainer.


She hopes to use her knowledge and passion to help others achieve their fitness goals. Gianna's deepest longing is to travel the world and witness the beauty it beholds. She hopes to one day share her love for adventuring with others and inspire them to explore the world for themselves.

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Kahley is an outgoing individual from Massachusetts who was raised in San Diego, California. She attended two Creative performing media arts schools and graduated from James Madison High school.


Over the past 8 years, Kahley has been a nanny/babysitter and has gained a great deal of experience with children. Additionally, she is a licensed esthetician and skin care specialist.


She loves to listen to music, dance and enjoys trying out new types of food with friends. Above all, she is very curious about learning about other people and their perspectives.


As an interesting fact, Kahley was born on April 22nd which is Earth day!

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Lauren aka LoLo

Lauren aka LoLo was born and raised in the teeny tiny Northern California town of Ukiah. While it’s known as the wine & weed epicenter, she partakes in neither.


Lauren teaches Wednesday and Friday Noon HIIT Express and is the go-to substitute for other group fitness classes and Front Desk at Ocean Pacific Gym& Wellness. You can also find her bartending delicious Mocktails at our monthly Agapē Nights celebration for community connection based around wellness.


When not at the gym, she loves being immersed in nature. She recently earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and is passionate about helping others find their confidence and life purpose. Her favorite things include fruit as well as picking heavy things up and putting them back down.

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Experience an Active Lifestyle

Beach front views, ample gym equipment, top notch amenities, and incredible people. Are you ready to join the family?

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