Sweat is a common sight at TITLE Boxing Club. That?s because the club?s trainers lead intense hour-long session at the bags, teaching the jabs, roundhouse kicks, and hook punches that burn hundreds of calories per session. Their classes are divided into traditional boxing and kickboxing sessions, with each using the weight of the bag and a client?s own body weight to hone musculature. Classes begin with a warm-up that prevents injuries and strains, then moving onto kicks, punches, and a 15-minute session of core and strength-training exercises. The classes change weekly, allowing clients to fit them easily into busy schedules without having to do strength-training while vacuuming a car?s interior.
At ATA Martial Arts, students gain self-defense skills while losing weight. In cardio-based classes, men and women shed extra pounds as they vacillate between high impact moves and punches, and krav maga builds upon adults' natural defensive instincts in a way that also exercises the entire body. Youngsters can also learn important life skills in the kids' martial-arts program, which not only teaches self-defense, but also hones discipline and self-esteem in its pupils.
Coach Rex Causey knows that most effective workouts begin with stretching the most important of all muscles: the mind. A lifelong learner, he constantly studies journals and articles to give him a better idea of how to match each of his clients with the proper fitness program. Part of this matching process is figuring out what, exactly, these clients want. Shortly after introducing himself, Rex will likely ask you a series of questions—do you want to lose weight? Reduce your stress? Improve your flexibility?
The answers to these questions determine a lot. If you're a baseball or soccer player, for example, Rex may recommend a sports-specific training program designed with your on-field position in mind. If your end goal is to touch your toes or lick the bottom of your foot, he'll likely recommend a self-myofascial-release class that teaches easy ways to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension. To ensure that his clients have access to the best amenities around, Rex has joined the family of fitness professionals at Core Fitness, an expansive workout facility in The Woodlands.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
The head instructor of Gracie Barra The Woodlands, Alex Gotay, has earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's a milestone that requires talent, of course, and a significant chunk of time—more than ten years, to be exact. Alex and the Gracie Barra team lead students down this path with a four-month fundamentals program, where they learn the principles of effective fighting. Students then enter an eight-month advanced program followed by a capstone black belt program, which draws on elements of MMA and other fighting styles.
The center doesn't just train aspiring black belts, however; many students use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes as a way to keep fit. The center offers 50+ classes per week in this and other fighting and fitness styles. Muay Thai and cardio kickboxing classes, for example, follow no skill sequence—instead, they help students of all levels avoid the classic pitfall of kicking with both legs at once.
“In victory, be humble. In defeat, be strong. In all things be fair.” This quote from Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee serves as the philosophy of Family ATA Martial Arts, where students of all ages learn Songahm Taekwondo. The martial arts form focuses on building strength of body and character through personal development based on Lee's teachings. At the center of his teachings: the Songahm star, a symbol of the circle of life and of finding balance in each day. The inclusive, family-friendly classes for youngsters as well as adults blend these teachings with Taekwondo techniques such as kicks and strikes, creating a workout that exercises the mind, body, and spirit more effectively than running a marathon while reading the work of classic philosophers.