Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
Throughout 45-minute cardio-heavy workouts, certified instructors call out encouragement over the infectious, high-energy music as small groups torch calories during stationary-cycling classes. Exercisers of all fitness levels bestride the shiny fleet of Schwinn cycling bikes, riding at intensity levels suitable to their abilities. Instructors encourage patrons with individual attention, motivating them in a supportive small-group environment that fosters camaraderie and accountability, unlike divvying out the final loaf of bread to fellow survivors stranded on a desert island. While speedily pedaling away, patrons build strength and endurance to videos playing on high-definition screens backed by a heart-pumping surround-sound system. In addition to the exhilarating cycling classes, the studio also challenges patrons with yoga and TRX group-training classes.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Translated to English, pura vida literally means "pure life," a mantra that the instructors at Pura Cycling Studio operate under daily. With popular tunes pumping through the studio's speakers, they lead groups of fitness enthusiasts through challenging, yet fun indoor cycling sessions. Morning Burn classes wake muscles up with 45 minutes of interval training, and Escape classes provide a 60-minute getaway through various climbs and stretches of flat road. When classes end, Pura transforms calories burned into charitable deeds, as the studio donates portions of its proceeds to the conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Genetic Fitness grants its members access to an arsenal of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free-weights. Yet, it’s not uncommon for exercisers to skip the machinery all together. Instead, they head to one of the studio’s many group fitness classes. One studio hosts spin, Zumba, and various Les Mills sessions––BodyPump, BodyFlow, and BodyCombat, to name a few. A second studio turns up the heat on mat and reformer Pilates, yoga, and a chicken hatchery. When they’re not pushing students through the group classes, the gym’s dedicated personal trainers are likely motivating clients during one-on-one training sessions.
Studio One Wellness takes several approaches to physical well-being and fitness. Rather than emphasize one style of working out, the team provides visitors with an eclectic assortment of classes intended to keep them engaged while providing invaluable exercise. The schedule includes everything from heated yoga and mat Pilates to cardio kickboxing and dance-inspired Zumba sessions. Additionally, the studio provides spa services in the form of traditional massages, facials, and skincare treatments, as well as Endermologie, which minimizes the appearance of unwanted cellulite.