When you enter Tapout Training Center’s main workout area and turn around, you’ll see a large graffiti mural with the word “tapout” clutched between the talons of a red-eyed bald eagle. The bird reminds everyone why they’re here—to partake in workouts that merge exercise and self-defense. Students can spar in the octagon ring, wrestle in the grappling area, punch and kick hanging bags, or sign up for one of many fitness classes, including boxing, muay thai kickboxing, and jujitsu. Every activity is monitored and motivated by an experienced staff led by Brazilian jujitsu and MMA instructor Frank Colcher, a mixed martial artist who’s been able to break oil paintings over his knee for more than a quarter of a century.
The instructors at BAMN Athletic Center - IE help visitors of all ages and experience levels to reach their fitness goals while providing sports and martial-arts programs as a healthy outlet for at-risk youth. The sprawling facility features an indoor running track, mats, and a boxing ring, fostering a varied curriculum that includes Zumba classes, martial-arts lessons, and competitive and cardio kickboxing.
West Coast Sports and Fitness Center gets bodies into shape under the guidance of owner Steven Sanchez and director of fitness Ron Carter. Sanchez is guided by 12 years of experience working with doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors, during which time he studied how the body functions and improves through activity. Meanwhile, Carter has spent more than 21 years coaching men, women, and children across a variety of sports and is a certified personal trainer and sports-injury specialist.
Inside a spacious fitness center, Steven and Ron oversee a staff of instructors who lead students through cardio kickboxing, boot camps, and Zumba. Athletes can also train on a tract of turf inside the center that simulates a real-life sports field or the furry back of an imaginary green monster.
Core Fusion Fitness models its facility after a day spa, from its chic aesthetic to its mix of private and shared spaces. Instead of manicure stations and private treatment rooms, however, there’s a room with Pilates machines, a space for stationary bikes, an open gym area with punching bags and a boxing ring, and a spacious studio with high ceilings to facilitate dumbbell juggling. Busying themselves in these areas are the facility’s fitness instructors, who schedule a multitude of group classes. They lead traditional yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and cycling along with more fight-focused sessions, such as kickboxing and muay thai.
By the time Tannis Kobrinksy started reading, she was already learning ballet. By the time she had her driver’s license, she had become a professional dancer.
In her welcoming studio, filled with sunlight and tasteful paintings, she emphasizes communal learning. Each of her small-group lessons, which are often limited to just three or four students at a time, promote camaraderie. Joining Tannis is a team of instructors, each member drawing on a different area of expertise, including classic Pilates, ballet, tai chi, and belly dance.
At Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the instructors relay the teachings of Brazilian jui-jitsu's creator, Helio Gracie, who valued leverage and timing over strength and speed. Students can learn those values during the academy's coed Gracie Combative program, which teaches 36 essential self-defense techniques. Complementing the main program are kids' programs that teach youngsters how to neutralize bullies and women-only classes that show females how to counter 15 common attacks.