There aren’t many fighters who can say that they have their own day. Then again, there aren’t many fighters like Richard Lord. Known as the godfather of Austin boxing, he ran the boxing circuit as a professional boxer and fought a number of rounds in the old Austin Coliseum. A powerhouse presence for more than 30 years, Richard Lord has trained world-champion combatants, including Jesús "El Matador" Chávez and Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron, and organized the first all-female boxing match sanctioned by U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. Looking at all of his achievements, it’s no surprise that the Austin boxing community marks its calendar for March 31, Richard Lord Day.
Inside his gym, he trains reigning prizefighters right next to first-timers in his old-school yet welcoming boxing gym. A team of amicable boxing trainers helps aspiring pugilists to pare off pounds quickly, float like butterflies, and sting like adult-contemporary singers during sweat-soaked sessions that cover form, rhythm, and timing.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu could be considered the black sheep of the martial-arts family. Instead of relying on raw force and strength like many disciplines, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu uses leverage and precise movements to land blows and defeat opponents. That?s why students at Gracie Barra?s 300+ locations worldwide come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu often inspires entire families?mom, dad, kids, and security blankets with faces drawn on them?to get in shape and learn the art of self-defense.
Equipment: Ringside heavy bags, speed bags, kick bags, kettle bells, dumbbells
Students should bring: Workout clothes and water bottle
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Pro Tip: Parking is validated in The Quarters parking garage. No need to feel intimidated. No contact boxing
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Clients love Fight Club because no two classes will ever be the same. This makes class always exciting and prevents boredom. Clients can see results in as little as two weeks, so the quick improvements motivate return. Our trainers know every client by name and will always give personal and positive feedback. We offer many classes a day to accommodate all schedules.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Music is everything. We workout to loud, motivating, and upbeat music to "pump-up" clients. Fight Club has been described as "a dance party where you get to beat stuff up." It's very judgement free ? clients are only focused on their own workout and everyone works at their own level. We have a philosophy that clients who don't feel at home the second they walk in our gym for the first time won't come back. Because of this, it's our top priority to show new clients around, teach them the basic punches, tell them where to put their stuff, etc. right when they walk in the door so that they feel welcome and comfortable with everything when class starts.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many people feel intimated upon trying their first class. It's important for prospective clients to know that we have at least five newcomers in every class who are in the same boat. We teach new clients everything they need to know before class starts, so they'll never feel lost or out of place. It's an intimidating environment at first glance, as the front of our facility has an elevated boxing ring. We always tell clients that there's no person-to-person contact in class ? the only things you hit/kick are bags. It's also important that people know our gym is strictly a fitness class. We incorporate all aspects of kickboxing, but our primary focus is a full body workout rather than teaching self defense or any specific type of boxing skill.
The place formerly known as South Congress Athletic Club now greets exercisers with a new name, a fresh infusion of energy, and a staff of passionate trainers. Ignite Fitnez has everything you could ask for from a gym, including plenty of airy space for weightlifting and one-on-one coaching sessions. To slow down their pumped-up pulses, members can enroll in yoga classes that relax the mind and body. Other classes include kickboxing, martial arts, and weight training. And there's even more to be found right outside the gym's doors; the location is just a short distance from hiking trails lined with boulders begging to be thrown.
The Miura bulls were among the most prized of all Spanish fighting bulls, valued for their speed, strength, and intelligence. When Master Miura was looking to name his martial arts dojo, he was drawn the animal that shared his name, the most famous of whom was Perdigon. A student of the martial arts since age 14, Master Miura uses the fighting arts as a vehicle for imparting discipline, dedication, and self-confidence to his students. He helps them build a strong foundation in muay thai before moving on to grappling arts or jiu-jitsu. He also offers women’s kickboxing sessions and CrossFit-style conditioning classes, where students exercise their whole body and without being charged extra for long legs.