Jacqui Bergmann had a lot to contend with—a divorce, depression, and a two-packs-a-day smoking habit. As she drove her son to the gym, she wondered what she should do to turn her life around. As it turns out, the answer was at the gym. Watching her son take a boxing lesson, Jacqui decided she wanted to give it a try. She traded her cigarettes for boxing gloves and felt her negative thoughts fade away to be replaced by a sense of confidence and empowerment.
Today, as owner of Glove Game Boxing, Jacqui gives guests this same feeling of empowerment through 30- and 60-minute boxing classes. Her team of trainers holds group and one-on-one lessons for men and women of all ability levels and goals, whether they just want to get in shape or to compete in amateur or professional circuits. They teach the same exercises used to drill the gym's pro pugilists—students learn about punching combinations, for example, and the importance of throwing at the X on King Hippo's stomach. The trainers emphasize proper form and technique so participants get the most out of each workout while minimizing the chance of injury. They also offer special training packages, including parent-child, postbaby, and wedding-day-countdown boot camps. To keep clients focused on the training and not the paperwork, Jacqui forgoes things such as long-term contracts and membership fees.
The experienced staff at Jab Fitness help patrons sculpt shapely physiques, imparting strength and discipline with a curriculum of fight-inspired class styles. Focusing on high-energy, combat-sports training, instructors enhance each session with adrenaline-pumping music, motivational pep talks, and punching bags that bear a striking resemblance to your fifth-grade bully’s henchmen. Jab Fitness also boasts a number of highly structured fitness programs for children, so energetic tykes can tire themselves out while learning the self-defense boxing tactics necessary for uppercutting the monsters beneath their beds. The fitness-centered yoga classes sculpt bodies in a variety of classes that blend traditional moves with high-energy workouts set to music.
Designed specifically for use by the Israeli military, krav maga often gets diluted as it gets disseminated. That's why Derrek Hofrichter, chief instructor of East Valley Krav Maga, went directly to the source for his certification. He earned teaching accreditation from the Wingate Institute, Israel's governing body for krav maga trainers. Now, he brings that expertise with him to his classroom, where he teaches students both fitness techniques and self-defense tactics designed to deal with all sorts of attacks found in the modern world. Through the course of study, Derrek and his team of instructors teach students to handle unarmed attacks, multiple opponents, and weapons, preparing them for almost any situation, especially the inevitable punching bag uprising.
Equipment: Heavy bags, free weights, kettlebells, battle ropes, resistance bands
Students should bring: Workout attire and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Fun atmosphere, great people and a kick-ass work out
We can help you get into the best shape of your life. You will get a great cardiovascular and muscular workout while learning an effective and practical martial art, Muay Thai Kickboxing. We also offers children classes. Your child will get a great workout and learn self-defense while having a great time with their peers.
Students of all ages rouse their inner fighters at the Phoenix Combat Academy through martial-arts instruction from well-trained coowners Jay Pages and Sunshine Fettkether. Not unlike black-belt-holding sewer rats that mentor adolescent turtles, the academy trains both amateur and professional fighters in the art of combat with a variety of muay thai kickboxing, boxing, jujitsu, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Students can spend two weeks honing their fighting skills in an unlimited number of classes during which they can learn how to grapple and ground fight in Brazilian jujitsu or use a series of rapid strikes to subdue an opponent in muay thai. Both a combat and defense sport, martial arts combines group fitness with intricate skill, requiring high-energy movements that can tone muscles, burn off weight, and distract low-flying planes.