The instructors at John's Gym aren't just passionate about the disciplines they teach, they're expert practitioners of them. Carey Huckaby, for instance, the trainer of all boxing hopefuls who walk in, is a multiple Texas Golden Gloves champion, whereas the leader of the kettlebell classes, Henry V. Marshall, is a World Kettlebell Lifting Amateur champion. These titleholders ply their trades in a gym that was originally designed for law enforcement and military personnel, but refrains from intimidation by providing programs for the whole family. Suspension training designed by U.S. Navy Seals complements kick-and-punch heavy Muay Thai kickboxing sessions, while cardio-kickboxing and Fit to the Core classes create more rounded fitness opportunities. To accommodate all these activities, John's Gym stocks a full boxing ring and MMA mat area, Hammer Strength free weights, and Precor cardio machines, as well as more than 30 kickboxing bags, rather than old luggage with "Kick Me" painted on it.
The coaches at North Austin Fitness help seasoned and aspiring athletes obtain their peak level of fitness and performance. They use their certified CrossFit skills to push students and lead classes rooted in developing self-discipline and physical prowess. During cross training workouts, the team integrates a variety of functional movements, including pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, and running, to improve body mechanics to produce better, faster results. In addition to hosting classes, instructors offer offer counseling and advice on proper diet and nutrition to further add to the overall health and wellness for participants.
The coaches at Austin Self Defense help their clients achieve their fitness goals by devising fitness strategies and monitoring their progress. As coaches, they help clients implement lifestyle changes and shift eating habits to ensure that they reach their goals faster. Private training sessions are also available to those who want to expand their fitness knowledge and accelerate their progress. Crossfit classes compliment self-defense training with a focus on strength and conditioning, and Krav Maga classes, where students work on building muscle memory through repetition, round out the full range of skills-based sessions offered at Austin Self Defense.
Owner and certified fitness trainer, Scott York, leads constantly changing, high-energy boot-camp classes that were featured in Austin Fit Magazine. After stretching and a dynamic movement warm-up, bodies are kept guessing with activities that vary with each class. Participants (no more than 20/class) swing kettlebells, lift free weights, toss medicine balls, and dangle from gymnast rings in a 45- to 60-minute workout session that can burn roughly 500+ calories or the exact amount of nervous energy needed to fail a driver’s test. The early-morning sessions strengthen muscles and minds with positive energy throughout the day, with Scott encouraging exercisers to always work out within their comfort zone. FullForceFitness recommends that clients bring water, tennis shoes, health and consent forms, and a large beach-type towel for floor exercises.