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.
This serious fitness studio is set in a small shopping strip on the South I-35 frontage road, making it easy to overlook at first. But inside you’ll find a hardcore group of professionals dedicated to creating a program for people of all fitness levels, with training that fits into everyday life. Specializing in CrossFit strength and conditioning, Krav Maga self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fit and Fearless is a no-nonsense place for Austinites to get in shape while having fun. Five different fitness studios within Fit and Fearless are outfitted with the latest equipment, and the entire facility is sparkling clean despite its heavy use. Instructors lead more than 70 classes a week, each designed to instruct and inspire, while motivating students to a level of proficiency in months, not years.
With it's certified trainers and encouraging group classes, Fit and Fearless gives folks an alternative to impersonal box gyms. And people have noticed. The studio opened in 2002 as a Krav Maga training facility, and by 2005 it had won a contract to teach 1,000 U.S. servicemen in the technique. Along the way, it started a CrossFit program and has since earned plaudits from Austin Monthly Magazine as the city's best CrossFit facility.
Today, the studio has opened a second location and added Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the roster of Krav Maga and CrossFit. During CrossFit classes, groups build functional strength with the Workout of the Day. The rotating regimen often includes everything from weightlifting and gymnastics to hard-hitting bursts of cardio. During Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, instructors take the anxiety out of learning martial arts by encouraging students to learn at their own pace. Krav Maga, on the other hand, focuses on self-defense, teaching folks how to straight-up bone bust their way out of violent and threatening situations.
Fitness instructor Jeff Hughes first cinched up his black belt more than 15 years ago when he became an Austin-area kung fu instructor. Since then, he's incorporated a number of new moves into his fighting repertoire to create CrossPit, a multidisciplinary program that blends CrossFit fitness training with the no-holds-barred approach of mixed martial arts. He bases his program on the idea that the only things a fighter really needs to be successful are a solid stance, swift movement, stamina, and a few key strikes. With this guiding principle, he created a simple but effective fitness regimen that works for anyone from new moms looking to lose weight to experienced fighters hoping for victory at the next after-hours cage match on the Senate floor. He staffs his studio with handpicked instructors who enjoy the same rigorous training he does, and together, they lead classes in MMA, sports performance training, and kickboxing for men and women. Their kickboxing classes in particular garner a lot of popularity, attracting as many as 45 students per session.
A member of the World Seido Karate Organization and the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, Sun Dragon concentrates on bodily and spiritual empowerment. Donning a spiffy new uniform (a $60 value) and an optional pine-tree air-freshener necklace, Groupon customers can work up a sweat during a month of unlimited classes (up to a $105 value). Sessions take place on weekday nights and Saturday afternoons and accommodate all ability levels.