As the area’s only Xtreme Martial Arts, International Taekwon-Do Federation, and American Top Team certified martial arts school, Team Tiger leads the charge in teaching the artful defense. The careful, capable instructors help students of all ages increase strength, endurance, and coordination, while developing a sense of respect for themselves and others that helps them to avoid peer pressure, develop their potential as leaders, and succeed in all other areas of life. Traditional taekwondo for adults and juniors teaches a self-defense approach that is firmly rooted in Eastern tradition, with a focus on generating maximum force by increasing speed and mass during movement, inspired by Newton’s physics and his well-documented ability to fend off many attacking apples at once.
For more than 16 years, IM=X® Pilates has been an innovator in the pilates, fitness, yoga and back care industries. IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is a new generation of pilates reformer and cardio inspired workouts enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of exercise enthusiasts who proclaim its “immediate results”!
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. For 30 minutes, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because you're all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making and each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
Since 1965, Gold's Gym has combined the latest cardio and strength equipment with knowledgeable personal trainers to provide an energetic, motivational environment that helps attain fitness goals. A membership gets gym-goers unlimited access to all equipment, fitness classes, amenities, clubs, and the vast collection of rare Spider-Man comics. The McAllen location features a basketball court, a racquetball court, group cycling, turtle grooming, an extensive cardio area, and a variety of classes from certified trainers including Zumba, BodyStep, and Pilates. Feel free to marinate your pores with heat in the sauna or Jacuzzi, or chill out weary brawn by turning arms into breezy windmills at the lap pool.
Former U.S. Marine Carlos Valdez heads the experienced trainers at Power Fitness, deploying militaristic discipline to shape clients with body-sculpting workouts and nutritional advice. After evaluating fitness levels and goals, trainers infect aerobic amateurs and ruthless oxygen destroyers alike with contagious motivational mojo. Boot campers engage in weight-bearing exercises that pit gravity against muscles— gravity's greatest battle since it handily defeated astronaut ice cream. The you-lifting moves are designed to increase muscle strength, tighten cores, and tone hearts. One-hour sessions (starting at 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.) take place Monday–Friday at Body Builder's Powerhouse gym. Camp purists can roast muscles over cardiovascular fires in outdoor sessions that convene Monday–Friday at Bill Schupp Park on Zinnia Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to muscle manipulation, Power Fitness trainers also provide healthy-eating guidelines and meal plans to maximize intake of nutritional grub and minimize intake of flaming batons.
Zumba classes at Explosion Dance & Fitness Center fuse the sweaty determination of regular workouts with the exuberance of dance. Instructors lead an aerobic group through sensual salsa and merengue steps to the pulsing beat of zesty Latin music. Early birds can undulate to the song of the lark with a month of five-person morning Zumba classes led by an enthusiastic personal trainer. Along with plenty of one-on-one attention and motivational high fives, VIP members receive a customized health and nutrition program. Classes occur daily, but times are subject to change; call ahead for scheduling.