With more than a half-century of martial arts experience, Trainers Elite owner Grandmaster Ron Van Browning has taken his share of hard knocks. But with every punch to the gut or high-impact kiss on the cheek he sustained, he refined his approach to fighting a bit more, too. Today, he and his team of instructors teach a streamlined form of fighting. Eschewing fancy flourishes, they instead teach practical techniques rooted in self-defense that apply to each of the studio's jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA classes. Inside, the area is spacious enough to hold a 20-foot octagon, heavy bags, and offers plenty of practice space?yet classes stay small to give each each student lots of attention.
Former UFC and Pancrase champion Guy Mezger passes on his accumulated martial arts knowledge to students through his instructors at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club. He and his staff teach six different competitive fighting disciplines, such as boxing, judo, and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They blend their disciplines with fitness and practical self-defense techniques, arming students with a valuable skill set that encourages a healthier lifestyle. They also teach kids, building confidence through measurable achievements such as belt advancement and wrestling matches.
Signature service: Brazilian Jujitsu and Women's Self-Defense
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Experience: More than 35 years of experience teaching BJJ and capoeira
Pro Tip: Always bring comfortable workout clothes and a bottle of water.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30?40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation?including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Brian Weese, seasoned personal trainer behind Paramount Performance, sports a list of training and health certifications that is as impressive as the lists of professional athletes he has guided. His clients range from Olympic medalists to NHL and NFL players, many of whom he has worked with for 10+ years. At Paramount, Weese also engages trainees of various fitness levels in accessible techniques that help them attain their fitness goals faster. Everyone from aspiring collegiate athletes to routine-happy gym rats can train under these time-tested methods to develop the training foundation, skills, and endurance to have successful athletic careers in a variety of sports.