With more than a half-century of martial arts experience, Trainers Elite owner Grandmaster Ron Van Browning has taken his share of hard knocks. But with every punch to the gut or high-impact kiss on the cheek he sustained, he refined his approach to fighting a bit more, too. Today, he and his team of instructors teach a streamlined form of fighting. Eschewing fancy flourishes, they instead teach practical techniques rooted in self-defense that apply to each of the studio's jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA classes. Inside, the area is spacious enough to hold a 20-foot octagon, heavy bags, and offers plenty of practice space?yet classes stay small to give each each student lots of attention.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Fitness instructor and trainer Jeannie Warfel lives for fitness?for more than 30 years, she's made practicing and teaching exercise her primary goal. At her studio, Jeannie Fitness, she strives to share this passion with others, offering a variety of classes to help meet each individual's needs. Calorie-blasting Zumba classes turn losing weight into a fun dance party where participants can burn as many as 800 calories in one session. Other small-group classes include kickboxing and yoga.
Jay Wilson boasts 28 years of experience as a kickboxing, Muy Thai, and Kempo Go-Ju Karate instructor, and has logged even more time in the ring as a fighter. In 2004, he battled his way to the title of K.I.C.K. World Champion with a combination of impressive striking skills and lightning-fast takedowns. Now, he shares his knowledge with students as the head instructor at Jay's Kickboxing.
With a third-degree black belt in Kempo Go-Ju Karate, he leads a variety of classes from Muay Thai to Fitness Kickoxing. While each one teaches defense and attack techniques, fitness sessions focus on the cardiovascular benefits of martial arts, increasing your heartbeat to where it can knock someone out when they lay on your chest.
Handicap Accessible: yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: not offered
Most popular offering: Kickboxing Fitness
Pro Tip: Classes are for students of all ages, men and women, from beginners to competitive fighters.
It's probably a good idea to stay on Lex Ronin's good side. The trainer, bodybuilding coach, and marathoner is also a hand-to-hand combat instructor, krav maga instructor, and certified Texas Tactical SWAT medic with a six-year Army career behind him. Lex is a meditation, pranayama (yoga breathing), and gentle-yoga instructor, too?all the more reason to remain in his good graces. Exercisers looking for guidance can find it at Ronin Fitness, where Lex offers personal-training sessions, group classes, beginners' marathon training, and nutritional counseling.