The trainers at Anthony Ferraro Fitness Training understand that everyone's fitness goals differ. That's why they get to know each client they train by first conducting a thorough BMI analysis and consultation—both of which are included with the personal-training session. The trainer then designs an effective fitness plan based on the results of the BMI and the client's personal goals.
At Dharma Yoga?s recently erected, 2,400-square-foot studio, flickering candlelight gives the earth-tone hues and gleaming hardwood floors an inviting glow. Like stumbling into a lounge-singer convention, the studio?s comforting vibes relax the mind with calming music as the band of certified instructors gently guides students of all experience levels through a series of healing physical postures. Though classes vary in style?ranging from vigorous early-bird Vinyasa flow to relaxing end-of-day Dharma nightcaps?each session explores traditional Indian yoga and Buddhist practices, referring to itself as an "awareness-based mindfulness and relaxation practice." Between the original Dharma Yoga and the new Dharma Yoga East Side, students can choose from 50 weekly classes, held throughout the day.
In the course of more than a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, Dharma Yoga founder Keith Kachtick, an Austin native, has served as the senior instructor with the Lineage Project, a nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga practice to prisoners in the New York City area. Keith has also contributed his yogic philosophies to publications such as Yoga Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His codirector, Camilla, has a master?s degree in social work and a background as a clinical therapist. These experiences fuel her nurturing teaching style, especially in yoga-therapy sessions, which are designed to help to release physical, emotional, and mental tension.
A team of passionate instructors fosters a community of health- and wellness-conscious patrons brought together by Bodhi Yoga's classes, spa treatments, and a boutique stocked with items to help integrate healthy-living practices into daily routines. Yoga sessions range in difficulty and style, including vigorous Vinyasa- and hot-yoga classes, to accommodate downward-facing dogs of all skill levels and breeds. Patrons looking to enhance a wellness-focused lifestyle may pay a visit to the facility's resident holistic healers, who perform massage body work, acupuncture, cosmetic laser teeth whitening, and skincare services.
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: 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.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.