U.S. Taekwondo Center passes down the myriad techniques of tae kwon do in classes for kids and adults. Children's classes focus on character development and building self-confidence, whereas adult classes emphasize cardiovascular exercise and improving muscle tone. The centers also offer family classes where participants can train side-by-side. All classes welcome beginners to the sport, teaching students sparring techniques, blocking, and kicks.
Under the tutelage of ranked professional fighter Abel Perry, New Era Fight Center educates and trains would-be ringmasters regardless of schedule or skill level. Students can approach the sweet science from a practical fitness perspective through boxing classes, or learn the finer points of orchestrating a right cross through the inspirational training montages taught during evening classes. One month of membership grants full access to the gym's entire schedule of classes, including a daytime Boxing Bootcamp class targeted toward women. The bustling boxing gym also offers one-on-one training sessions for advanced and competitive fighters, and offers open-gym times throughout the day for hours of uninterrupted shouting matches with the heavy bag.
Following in the glove steps of a pantheon of famous punchers, the amateur fighters of the USA Boxing National Championships compete for berths at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials over the course of 13 gold-medal matches. Join the throng within the historic column-girded halls of the City Auditorium as the top male and female pugilists disarm opponents with jab steps, haymakers, and well-timed knock-knock jokes. More than half of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams first decorated themselves with gold at the National Championships, flitting through the quick paces of Olympic-style boxing for a chance at personal glory and national immortality. The tradition stretches back generations, with past tournaments resounding with the jabs of notable names such as Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, and both Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action with iLoveKickboxing, as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. At the Houston location, classes take place Mondays at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6:30 p.m, and Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. The Pasadena location has classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m, and the Baytown location has classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Equipment: Freestanding bags, boxing gloves, resistance bands, and medicine balls
Students should bring: Completed risk agreement to the first class
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Classes are 45 minutes.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The community we have in our facility is something you look forward to everyday. Friends are quickly made and everyone is very encouraging. The variation in the workouts and the ongoing training keep you engaged and spark that desire to excel at what you're doing. We're not just providing a workout, but a proven program.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Absolutely. We carefully select the music for our workouts, even ensuring it has the proper number of beats per minute and quality sound equipment to play it on.
With an emphasis on neutralizing real-world threats as quickly and efficiently as possible, Krav Maga teaches students of all ages and fitness levels how to confidently defend themselves in dangerous situations. Instructor Robert Koski formally studied this form of self-defense at the invitation-only Wingate Academy in Israel?the country where the system historically flourished?and he brought that valuable knowledge and experience back to Krav Maga of Southern Colorado. The studio's teachers lead classes for beginners as well as advanced students, guiding attendees through full-body workouts that incorporate relatively simple, yet highly effective striking, grappling, and magical disappearing techniques. In addition to steadily bolstering attendees' strength and stamina over time, Krav Maga practice can also imbue individuals with improved confidence and mental fortitude.