The coaches at Austin Self Defense help their clients achieve their fitness goals by devising fitness strategies and monitoring their progress. As coaches, they help clients implement lifestyle changes and shift eating habits to ensure that they reach their goals faster. Private training sessions are also available to those who want to expand their fitness knowledge and accelerate their progress. Crossfit classes compliment self-defense training with a focus on strength and conditioning, and Krav Maga classes, where students work on building muscle memory through repetition, round out the full range of skills-based sessions offered at Austin Self Defense.
The coaches at North Austin Fitness help seasoned and aspiring athletes obtain their peak level of fitness and performance. They use their certified CrossFit skills to push students and lead classes rooted in developing self-discipline and physical prowess. During cross training workouts, the team integrates a variety of functional movements, including pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, and running, to improve body mechanics to produce better, faster results. In addition to hosting classes, instructors offer offer counseling and advice on proper diet and nutrition to further add to the overall health and wellness for participants.
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.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, pull up rigs, atlas stones, kettlebells
Students should bring: Comfortable workout clothes; we have a cold water fountain
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Concentrate on technique, work hard, be consistent, and challenge yourself.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We give people free Bat City branded swag and permanent discounts just for having good attendance at no extra cost. For example, six workouts earns one koozie; 15 workouts earns one water bottle; and 21 workouts earns a free t-shirt. If you hit large milestones like 100 workouts, we give you a permanent discount of 10% off and your picture on the wall of fame. We put every single athlete's personal record on the board so they can see themselves constantly getting stronger and faster. It also helps coaches to know exactly what each athlete's stats are. Workouts are constantly varied—but not random—and focused on getting stronger and faster in a safe environment. We also give people free membership to Beyond the Whiteboard so they can track their workouts.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. Safety is our number one rule. You start by learning technique, then you gain consistency, and then you can apply intensity. It's not always easy to go to a large, faceless gym by yourself with no coach to build a program that's right for you. While one or two coaches runs each class, participants support and root for each other. The last person to finish a workout is just as important as the first person to finish a workout. You can compete against each other, or you can just compete against yourself. Everything is scalable, and we have athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Also, everything is measurable, so you'll see yourself getting better every day.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
In a 2,400 square foot, bare-bones gym affectionately known as The Box, CrossFit coaches inspire fitness enthusiasts and beginners alike, helping to shed weight and tone muscles. They use a daily workout that focuses on constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements, designed to get even the laziest muscle group working while changing the routine each session to avoid the boredom of repetition. One session could feature air squats and sprints, while the next could be filled with tossing medicine balls, swinging from gymnastics rings, jumping on an off plyometric boxes, and exhaling forcefully enough to levitate off the ground.