Since Brad Wenneberg donned his first martial-arts uniform in 1971, it’s become his business attire as well as his athletic wear. After studying many forms and disciplines, Wenneberg opened his own school, American Marital Arts Academy, to teach Goju-Ryu to a new generation of students. That commitment continues through to the present, with more 10,000 students, including dozens of black belts, served over the past twenty years. Like many traditional martial artists, the instructors spend as much focus on mental discipline and self-confidence as on physical fortitude, skill, and splitting firewood for the winter. Shihan Wenneberg insists on a holistic approach, encouraging students to improve their social skills, perform better in school, and get into better shape to complement their training.
From Insanity sessions taught by certified Insanity instructors to Zumba, Fitness Revolution's exercise classes span the entire spectrum of energy output. Which means no matter students' preferred level of exertion, they can find a session that suits them including dance-centric Zumba toning class.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
During Vince Velez's 20 years of teaching martial arts, he discovered what he believes to be the path to becoming a great martial artist: possessing a desire to be well-rounded and a dedication to learning. To that end, he created Lakewood Martial Arts Training Alliance, where he shares his passion for martial arts with students of all abilities and ages. Starting at age 3, children can begin their journeys toward greatness, learning skills including balance and coordination and values such as discipline and self-confidence.
His adult classes, on the other hand, focus more on shedding pounds, perfecting technique, and defending one's self without bribing a local strong for protection. In Kempo karate, he leads students through the forms, self-defense techniques, and sparring sessions needed to master the art. To help students round out their education, he also offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which emphasizes grappling techniques.