Within their walls, the instructors at Tiger's Den Martial Arts & Fitness preach lessons that transcend physical stamina and hard work. This is because, regardless of ability level, students also receive mental and spiritual strength from the facility's positive learning environment, which is replete with respect, common courtesy, and recognition. Boasting experienced instructors and a reputable martial-arts system with more than 5 million worldwide followers, the facility offers an array of endurance-building programs. In addition to karate, the programs include kickboxing, after-school, and pre-K classes.
In founding BluFlex Fitness, couples Mike and Chris and Jimmy and Kristina help clients lead healthier lives through nontraditional workouts that engage the entire body. Here, recreational gear becomes workout equipment in SurfSet classes. Patrons balance on stationary, but wobbly, surf boards, forging chiseled core muscles with every minute movement, much like a hummingbird that never sleeps. TRX training sessions pit exercisers against their own body weight as they suspend from systems of straps and pulleys, and yoga classes help guests achieve lean, stretchy physiques while also lowering stress levels. For those who prefer a more one-on-one experience, the team of instructors also lead personal-training sessions.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
Certified trainer Enrique has been whipping bodies into shape for more than 10 years. He combines cardio and strength exercises during outdoor and bridal-geared boot-camp classes. He also gives clients one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions aimed at reaching goals such as increasing flexibility, running a marathon, or somersaulting a half-marathon. His nutritional advice yields faster results for clients who blend their exercise routines with a new diet.
A former player for the Green Bay Packers and LA Raiders, Sean Jones now captains Xcel Performance and Fitness's staff of performance specialists, physical therapists, and nutritionists, inspiring patrons to transform into fitter versions of themselves. Guests sprint and corral balls on the indoor turf field and basketball court, which spread out across the 18,000-square-foot facility, and muscles pump on cardio and strength-training machines in the workout areas.
In addition to tailoring personal-training sessions to each client's fitness goals and abilities, the trainers lead myriad fitness classes. The classes accommodate patrons of all ages and desired outcomes, from adolescent athletes training for their sport of choice to retired physicists who secretly always dreamed of bench pressing gravity.
It seems there's something for everyone beneath the high ceilings of the Friendswood Fitness facility. Different sections of the floor are painted with track markings, yard lines, and basketball-court delineations. Weight machines challenge muscles, as do stationary bikes when people try to carry them onto the treadmills. Workout gear such as free weights and fitness ropes abounds. Varied class options include yoga, Zumba, and interval training, and personal trainers customize one-on-one workouts.