Led by head instructor Gary A. Schill, who has 37 years of martial-arts experience, Peak Performance Training Center instills life skills and strength in fitness-hungry students. A cadre of MMA programs spans martial arts from A to Z—from the ground-fighting smarts of Gracie jiujitsu to the elbows- and knees-focused training of muay thai—and the Full Body Fitness program includes personal training, boot camps, sport-specific training, olympic weight lifting, and yoga.
Powerful weight lifters and personal trainers. USA weightlifting sports performance coaches. Black-belt jiu jitsu instructors. Quick boxing coaches. The crew at Pinnacle Training Center reflects the center's diverse offerings, which helped land them on Austin Fit's readers poll several years running. There are boot-camp classes, which incorporate a wide array of exercises, from squats to push ups and box jumps. The jiu jitsu classes do teach self defense, but they also include a serious workout, and kids will pick up valuable lessons about discipline and confidence in a handful of kid-friendly sessions. The busy sounds of fists against heavy bags, clacking weights, and happily exhausted sighs reverberate off the gym's high ceilings as patrons of all walks of life work towards fitness in sessions like those.
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.
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.
Select Gymnastics offers kids aged 2 to 13 countless ways to stay active, from flipping and flying through the air to evening out uneven bars. Certified instructors teach budding gymnasts how to cartwheel and tumble their way through choreographed routines during gymnastics classes. The gym also hosts afterschool sessions, which provide time for homework, gymnastics, and karate, and kid's night out, which features a movie and refreshments along with play time. In addition, Select Gymnastics hosts summer camps, which include field trips, tae kwon do lessons, and arts and crafts.
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.