At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.
At Metroflex Gym Midcities, you can grunt through your last bicep curl and slam that dumbbell to the floor in triumph—and no one will chastise you for the resounding thud. The husband-and-wife team behind the MidCities franchise opened the gym after they became tired of the rules, lack of loud music, and outright napping that they found at most corporate gyms. Today, they run the kind of gym they feel comfortable in, where high-energy music motivates workouts and members sweat it out in non-climate-controlled rooms. Exercisers can get toned with traditional fitness machines and free weights, or join in on cross-training and boxing classes that build muscle and general athleticism throughout the whole body.
Oliver Karate Academy is a traditional martial arts school for children and adults. Teaching students to defend themselves, along with the basic tenets of respect, discipline, and self-confidence, the experienced instructors here offer lessons in traditional karate in small group sessions. In addition to defense techniques, students gain strength and burn calories.
It makes sense that Karate 4 Kids offers tae kwon do classes for the whole family—kids, teens, and adults. The company is owned and operated by the May family, who all have achieved a black belt in the martial art. The Mays don't just help students defend against attackers, though; they also help them defend against calories and fat cells during yoga and kickboxing classes.
Students at Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts learn integrity, self defense, confidence, and self-discipline through classes taught masters Jean, Scott, and Christy Good, who each wield more than 25 years of marital arts experience. Within the safe haven of a familial environment, pupils as young as age 4 engage in classes rooted in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do, which incorporate elements of Hapkido, Karate Kung Fu and Judo. The studio's mirror classrooms house two-inch padded floors while an on-sit pro shop outfits students with the proper combative tools.
Zachary Lewis and Hope Song are a malefactor?s worst nightmare. Both black belts in tae kwon do, they have been teaching others their kicking, blocking, and striking secrets for 18 and 10 years respectively. Today, they share their expertise with students at Arlington Martial Arts, focusing on the lessons of discipline, self-defense, and respect that the fighting style ingrains. For adults, they also offer Forge Fitness classes, which combine cardio kickboxing and boot camp with nutrition analyses to help clients achieve weight-loss and fitness goals.