Chris Brennan competed on mixed martial arts' highest stage in 1998, taking part in two bouts in the same evening at a UFC event. Not long after that, he founded Next Generation MMA, which has grown from a gym in Orange County, California, to six locations worldwide. At the Frisco location, Brennan and other experienced instructors such as Olympic gold-medalist wrestler Kendall Cross instill discipline, respect, and self-defense moves to children and adults at their 24-hour-access fitness center—one of the few 24-hour martial-arts centers around. Each of their martial-arts or martial-arts-inspired fitness classes offers an excellent workout, where members kick, jab, and punch bags and the air and learn to block attacks while building muscle and burning fat on Next Generation’s padded floor.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Gracie Barra Laguna offers world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instruction for individuals & families. The art of BJJ has evolved to become a key element in achieving physical fitness, character development, self-defense & a well-balanced lifestyle.
A student of the sweet science for 35 years, Gary Ballard's career has taken him from his native South Africa to super middleweight champion under promoter Don King. Having hung up his gloves in 1998, Gary has been nurturing fighters and everyday athletes for 14 years at Ballard Fitness. The multi-purpose gym builds better bodies through group cardio boxing sessions, one-on-one personal training, and boxing classes for kids on Saturday mornings.
Equipment: Lagree Fitness Megaformer M3
Students Should Bring: Water and grip socks
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Zen Dojos Martial Arts Academy, located in San Juan Capistrano, has black-belted sensei and a family-oriented atmosphere to teach students, from children to adults, the mental discipline of martial arts alongside the physical mastery of each kick and grappling hold. Kenpo karate classes help to develop motor skills and confidence in children aged 3?12. Teens and adults leap into a wide range of combat styles, including krav maga self-defense and jujitsu. The core of its kick-punching pedagogy focuses on strength of character to ensure that students learn how and when to properly channel their skills, whether they are guarding against bullies or weed-whacking a garden by hand.