What's the use of self-defense if you're not nimble or strong enough to deploy the moves properly? Sifu Gus Gates answers that by incorporating fitness into his Shaolin kung fu training. When he's not teaching kung fu's village style to kids, teens, and adults, he's overseeing group fitness classes designed to improve strength, flexibility, and balance—the three keys to winning a presidential logrolling contest. For more concentrated doses of exercise, his team of personal trainers schedule one-on-one workouts.
MVP Baseball and Softball Academy prepares ball players to storm the diamond by imparting focus, passion, and a genuine love of the game with instruction, professional batting cages, and memberships that offer discounts on academy services. With 10 batting-cage tokens, sluggers can step up to the plate to hit pitches zooming at up to 75 mph, while also perfecting their hand signals for bunt, steal second, and a wasp is in my pants. Those who prefer orbs hurling toward them at a slower pace can swing at tosses from the slow-pitch softball machine. For truly dedicated sultans of swat, MVP Baseball and Softball Academy offers memberships that endow athletes with discounts on private instruction, group lessons, batting-cage tokens, and team cage rentals.
On a scenic, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, 18 PGA TOUR elites will don their finest polos and drive, putter, and electric slide their way to the $5 million purse at the end of the rainbow. The Sherwood Country Club course incorporates a delicate blend of valleys, peaks, waterfalls, and fire pits to challenge a field that includes Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, and Martin Kaymer. Check the schedule to plan your viewing blitzkrieg.
Tom Bloom's distinguished martial-arts career began more than 30 years ago when he was a student at Chuck Norris Karate School. Similar to the school's namesake, Bloom would spend the next three decades fostering the sport of martial arts. He co-captained the USA Karate team from 1984–88; received black belts in tae kwon do, hapkido, shippalgi, and kung fu; and helped train more than 300 students and 1 ostrich to black-belt-level status. Today, Bloom and his staff continue carrying the torch by leading martial-arts and fitness classes for students of all ages.
Bas Rutten's Elite MMA’s members have use of 8,000 square feet of space to get into shape. That vast space houses racks upon racks of dumbbells, kettlebells, and medicine balls, and plenty of cardio machines. Members strap on protective gloves and head gear before entering the gym’s boxing ring and pin down their opponents during brazilian jujitsu classes. And kickboxers can avail themselves to the gym's 3,000 square feet of cushioned mat space that's lined with heavy bags to kick, punch, and hug during kickboxing classes. The spa-like bathrooms include towel service and saunas to relax in after a hard workout.