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.
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.
The newly opened Austin Yoga Tree isn't just a yoga studio—it aims to be a center for passionate living and mindfulness. Of course, that includes daily yoga classes, which range from invigorating vinyasa flow to candlelight restorative. But the studio also offers group and personal life coaching, meditation classes, plus community talks and other special events.