Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.
Four days a week, instructor Crystal Martinez leads men and women of all ages and experience levels through high-energy Piloxing classes at V-Fit Studio. An intense combo of Pilates and boxing, Piloxing also uses elements of dance to keep the workout fun and engaging, but also effective. Piloxing works to whip bodies into shape fast, using upbeat kickboxing movements to burn fat, and relying on Pilates moves to develop long, lean muscles.
Whether trainer Joey Rodriguez is staging his boot camps indoors or outdoors, the workouts primarily consist of body-weight exercises. So clients can expect a varied lineup of sit-ups, pushups, and, if the location has a tree that's the shape of a leg-press machine, leg presses. In addition to Rodriguez's fitness knowledge, clients benefit from his motivational tactics, which include holding exercisers accountable for their weight-loss efforts through biweekly weigh-ins.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. For 30 minutes, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because you're all at different stations, you won't feel like you're in competition with anyone but yourself—and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music will include cues to let you know when it's time to move on to the next station. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making and each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
For more than 16 years, IM=X® Pilates has been an innovator in the pilates, fitness, yoga and back care industries. IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is a new generation of pilates reformer and cardio inspired workouts enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of exercise enthusiasts who proclaim its “immediate results”!
While working as a firefighter and paramedic, CrossFit Brownsville owner Jonathan Jones counted on the CrossFit system to stay in shape for the grueling demands of his job. Today, he and his team teach the method to others, incorporating Olympic lifting, gymnastics, cardio, and resistance training into their workouts. That mix, combined with everyday motions, fosters a full-body workout, and one that readies participants for all kinds of physical activities. Instructors can scale CrossFit workouts to suit anyone, including grandparents, marathon runners, and those just getting into a fitness routine. To ease into the system, students start off with a three-day Fundamentals class that introduces CrossFit's fundamentals and techniques.