Boxing & Kickboxing in Alexandria

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Equipment: Smith Machine, Body Solid Dual, a functional training station, and TRX equipment

Students should bring: Bottle of water and a towel

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2010

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Q&A with Berhane Mehari, Trainer

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Every client is different. But with so many fad diets that make unrealistic promises, the disappointment that comes from not achieving those results often causes people to quit. I'm different with my clients. I tell them from the start that they must be 100% committed to both exercise and a strict nutritional plan to reach their goals. I'm available to them in any way I can to support them. Once they start seeing the results of their hard work, they are motivated to even work harder and never quit.

When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?

I've been interested in fitness for as long as I can remember. I first started training my friends when I was in grade school. Having my own business as fitness trainer is not just a business to me; it is my passion.

20 S Quaker Ln
Alexandria,
VA
US

The Range

Trouble Defense's instructors work out of Sharp Shooters, which features 16 handgun and rifle lanes.

The Rentals

Instructors supply rental firearms (pistols or rifles depending on the class), and ear and eye protection.

At a Glance

Safety is the cornerstone of Trouble Defense, which teaches two types of classes: hand-to-hand defense and firearms training. Master Gibson takes care of the former. The fourth-degree black belt instructs men and women on situational awareness, physical defense, and how to prevent altercations. NRA-certified instructor Keith Jordan leads things on the firearms front, covering both handgun and rifle use.

8849 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria,
VA
US

Sticks and stones may break some bones, but not if they?re directed toward one of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness?s students. In a team-oriented environment, the studio?s instructors teach key mixed-martial-arts moves such as grappling, striking, and wrestling and supplement the training with classes in specific fighting styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Guests looking for a practical crash course in self-defense learn snippets from each technique in self-defense classes, learning methods for staying aware of surroundings, fending off attackers, and freeing themselves from the grip of King Kongs. Some women-only classes are also available.

The studio's CrossFit program, alternatively, boosts athleticism without combat, through a multi-faceted regimen of Olympic weightlifting, cardio exercise, and custom diets. Beyond group classes, the center offers private lessons and seminars, which allow its students?both children to adults?to learn with focused guidance.

6301A Richmond Hwy
Alexandria,
VA
US

As someone who used to struggle with weight gain herself, Denise Lee understands the immense effort that goes into staying healthy. At Pinpoint Personal Training Services, she uses her personal experience to guide clients down the same path toward peak fitness that she undertook herself. Her exercise curriculum spans from kickboxing and yoga to cardio exercises and kettle-bell work. Because she personalizes her services with each client, she's adept at dealing with a range of needs, from rehabilitation after an injury to fitness newbies looking for guidance.

6824 Deer Run Drive
Alexandria,
VA
US

At Potomac Kempo, professional instructors focus on fitness and exercise while teaching self-defense. They help their students build strength, balance, speed, endurance, and coordination, as a way to liven up repetitive fitness routines or add to non-existent ones. Perhaps more importantly, they incorporate the key elements of martial arts—allowing each of their students to reduce stress, increase energy, improve focus, and gain self-discipline.

5958 Kingstowne Towne Center
Alexandria,
VA
US

UFC Gym's staff features a team of professional fighters who come from backgrounds as boxers, mix martial artists, professional Muy Thai fighters, and Bruce Banners at its many area locations.The proprietary style of the UFC Gym workout is a mixture of genuine fight training and engaging fitness routines, designed to help clients use fitness techniques to reach their health goals. Clients can burn 800 to 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks that the instructors demonstrate as students practice techniques on 150-pound punching bags. The facility includes a regulation-sized boxing ring, quarter octagon, full weight room, cardio equipment, and showers for both men and women. Session sizes are kept small, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle-royale numbers.

Like UFC Gym, the boxing arena is no slouch when it comes to fitness: fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes, and additionally, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.

528 North Henry Street
Alexandria,
VA
US