Sticks and stones may break some bones, but not if they’re directed toward one of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness’s students. In a team-oriented environment, the studio’s instructors teach key mixed-martial-arts moves such as grappling, striking, and wrestling and supplement the training with classes in specific fighting styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Guests looking for a practical crash course in self-defense learn snippets from each technique in self-defense classes, learning methods for staying aware of surroundings, fending off attackers, and freeing themselves from the grip of King Kongs. Some women-only classes are also available.
The studio's CrossFit program, alternatively, boosts athleticism without combat, through a multi-faceted regimen of Olympic weightlifting, cardio exercise, and custom diets. Beyond group classes, the center offers private lessons and seminars, which allow its students—both children to adults—to learn with focused guidance.
The trainers and instructors at Premier Martial Arts and Fitness explore many sides of the martial arts—from progressive karate instruction to MMA-style conditioning to just-for-fun birthday parties where kids can break boards and eat cake cut by a real samurai sword. Instructors are experts in jujutsu, kickboxing, ninjutsu, and kali, which focuses on the use of hand weapons. For those who just want a great workout, there are classes in Cage Fitness, a fitness system developed by MMA champ Matt Hughes.
Pat Tray likes to keep things simple: his vision is for a program of practical self-defense that encourages excellence and friendship. The owner and head instructor of Trident Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, Pat introduces students to a diverse study in fighting styles, from the fierce standup striking of muay thai to the leverage and technique of jujitsu. His students also delve into jeet kune do, the brainchild of legendary fighter Bruce Lee, as well as Filipino weapons fighting.
Michelle Hunter is known as the woman with the HIPS. That's because she's not only a fitness instructor, but also the founder of HIPS Fitness LLC. HIPS, an acronym for Helping Inspire People's Self-Confidence offers upbeat, motivating, and effective fitness classes. Instructors keep exercise fresh with workouts ranging from Zumba and dance fitness to turbo kick and cardio kickboxing, plus Insanity interval training.
Positivity. Simple as it sounds, it's a central pillar of the philosophy behind Life Champ Martial Arts. At each of the school's five locations, the warm, supportive atmosphere starts with the instructors. Sure, they pass along years of martial arts wisdom, but they also strive to help students–younger ones, especially–realize that having fun doesn't necessarily mean sitting in front of a TV, or arguing the legitimacy of the moon landing with an imaginary friend. Through programs for kids, teens, and even entire families, Life Champ's instructors lead students along a path that builds self-confidence and improves self-defense techniques. Instructors build on these same skills in extracurricular offerings, which include after-school programs, birthday parties, and week-long summer camps.
A personal-training destination, BFIT Elite Fitness Studio understands that its studio is only one step on the path to improved health and wellness. Even the most strenuous workouts have minimal effects without proper food choices, which is why BFIT's instructors teach proper nutrition in addition to heart-pumping exercises. Their small-group and personal-training sessions, boot-camp workouts, and nutrition-counseling sessions all take place in a private studio that provides all the equipment for a good sweat without the potential discomfort of working out in a packed gym or an empty, 1/4-scale gym diorama.