The heath and wellness gurus at newly opened Amelle Wellness help clients manage and develop many different areas of their lives. With professional career management and coaching, fitness training, and nutritional counseling, clients find the encouragement and motivation they need to keep making progress with their fitness and personal life goals.
In addition to hosting cardio and dance classes in her studio Amoora Dance & Fitness, owner Suhad Nassar imparts the graceful undulations of Egyptian belly dance, striving to motivate women and children to lead healthy lifestyles while connecting with their sense of rhythm. Her belly dance cardio sessions blend aerobics with the eye-dazzling movements traditionally performed at Egyptian celebrations and weddings. Meant to be performed as an improvisational dance, the Raqs sharqi movements enable dancers to sway naturally to the sizzling music and the spontaneous rhythms of traffic horns. Because Egyptian children traditionally learn these dances in the home, Ms. Nassar fosters an equivalent level of comfort by encouraging group members to motivate and offer kind words to one another.
Peace, Love, and Unity: these are the pillars upon which this studio stands. Designed as an alternative to big, impersonal gyms, the family-owned-and-operated center fosters fun and mind-body-spirit harmony alongside fitness. A women-oriented self-defense class, Divas in Defense, adds an empowering edge to a class catalog that includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Those seeking positive inner health may consult with a life coach or practice mediation. Soothing massage therapy and reflexology keep bodies from posing as bread dough to receive a proper kneading.
Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
Star high school quarterback. Naval Academy graduate. Silver Star-recipient. If Captain America was real, he might be jealous of Brian “All-American” Stann's résumé. Following his first tour in Iraq, Brian tried his hand at mixed martial arts, knocking out his first opponent in the opening round and garnering the attention of various promoters. While on his second tour, he personally negotiated a professional fighting contract that he honored upon his return.
At Warrior Legion Academy, Brian calls on his vast experience to cultivate an intense and supportive environment for aspiring fighters of all ages and skill levels. Children increase their self-confidence and discipline through a Kids MMA program, while adults practice the strikes and holds of muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and MMA. Along with managing his own professional career and mentoring fellow UFC fighters, Brian Stann operates the non-profit organization Hire Heroes USA, which provides job training for returning veterans.